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Bitter Chocolate, Caramelised Walnut Parfait

By Pastry Chef Surendra Negi

  • Chop the chocolate, and place in a large bowl
  • Bring the cream to a boil, and the pour over the chocolate, mixing the two with a rubber spatula till well incorporated. Allow this ganache to cool. Reserve a third of it for plating, and mix in the rest with the ice cream
  • Whip the cream until it has soft peaks. Fold into the chocolate mixture, and place in the freezer to allow it to rest
  • For the caramelized walnuts, toast the walnuts in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 6 minutes. Allow them to cool completely, and place in a bowl near the stove. Next to this, place a tray lined with baking paper and two forks
  • In a thick-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt the sugar till it is a light amber colour for about 4-5 minutes, stirring gently throughout. As soon as the caramel is ready, add in the walnuts, mixing thoroughly to ensure each is coated well. Working fast, turn this onto the tray, and, using the forks, separate the walnuts. This will be extremely hot, so be careful not to touch them at this stage. Allow to cool
  • To serve, spoon your bitter chocolate parfait into your desired bowls, pipe in the reserved ganache using a piping bag and a star nozzle, and scatter some caramelised walnuts on top
  • Serve chilled

Ingredients:

For the Bitter Chocolate Parfait

  • 52% Dark Chocolate - 250 gm
  • Fresh Cream - 125ml
  • Whipping Cream (Cold) - 200ml
  • Chocolate Ice Cream - 300 gm

For the Caramelised walnuts

  • Walnuts - 50 gm
  • Caster Sugar - 40 gm