Welcome to How To Cook That I’m Ann Reardon
and today we are making a special chocolate box dessert for Valentine’s Day or you could
make it any day. Pour on the strawberry sauce and you melted my heart. To make the ice cream you need milk, skim
milk powder, egg yolks, vanilla, sugar and cream. I’ll put all the recipe quantities
on the howtocookthat.net website for you, and there is a to that link below. Add the skim milk powder to the milk and stir
that over high heat until the milk powder is dissolved. In a bowl add the egg yolks and the sugar
and whisk those together and continue whisking as you pour in most of the hot milk. Return it to the heat and then add in the
egg yolk and sugar and milk mixture and stir that until it is just heated through. Then
pour it through a sieve into a bowl and then add in the vanilla and your cream. Now we
want to place that mixture into the fridge to chill. For the base you need egg yolks, pistachios
or any nut you like, powdered sugar, flour, baking powder and egg whites and you’ll also
need a little water Place the yolks, nuts, and icing sugar into
a processor and process them until they’re smooth.
Then add a couple of tablespoons of water and the flour and mix those together. Whip up the egg whites to make soft peaks
just like this and then fold those egg whites into the flour mixture. Just keep folding
it until you can’t see any more traces of the egg whites. Then pour that into a baking tray and spread
it out thinly. You want to bake that in the oven for around
7 minutes or until it’s golden and firm to the touch. Once it has cooled use a ruler to cut a piece
that is the size of the bottom of your container and place that down into the base. Now grab your ice cream machine and pour the
mixture that we made in and let it churn for about 15 minutes. Instead of making your own
ice cream you can just buy ice cream from the store and leave it on the counter to soften. Once it is nice and thick spread out a layer
of that over the base. Then add the raspberries in rows going across the dessert and these
will look pretty once we slice it. Add the remaining ice cream on top and spread
that out to level it on the top. Then place on top of that more of our pistachio
cake and then place that in the freezer overnight for it to really firm up.
For the strawberry glaze you need strawberries, cream, glucose syrup, sugar, gelatine and
white chocolate. Add the gelatine to the cream and stir that
together well. In the saucepan add the sugar and the glucose
syrup or you can use corn syrup here, they just help make it shiny.
Heat those until the sugar has dissolved. Slice your strawberries and then add them
to the hot sugar mixture and those will strawberries will soften right up and almost collapse.
Add in the gelatine and cream mixture and stir those through until it is dissolved. Then pour that mixture over the white chocolate
and just let it melt that chocolate.Strawberries and cream are always a good combination.
Stir it all together and if you want it a little pinker then add in some red food colouring
at this point. Now to make it smooth push it through a fine
sieve just using the back of a spoon so that all those little strawberry seeds are left
behind. Get the ice cream out of the freezer and if
you are using a silicone mould just loosen up all the sides. If you are using a firm
container just place the edges of it in warm water so that it releases it from the edges.
Tip it out form the container. And mine has sloping sides so I’m just going
to use a knife to straighten them up. The rapsberries look so pretty once it’s cut. Pour the strawberry glaze over the top. And I have had lots of requests for a ‘favourite
books’ video. I did your favourite apps on the iPad cake, your favourite YouTubers on
cupcakes … and you can vote for your favourite book or book series by writing it in the comments
below. Return that to the freezer to set. And now we want to make the chocolate box.
For that pour some tempered chocolate onto some acetate and spread it out fairly thinly. As you know my valentine for many years Dave
has been super hard at work writing a novel. And yes, he is one of those cool people who
goes to a cafe to write. He has been loving all of your input into
the story. The movie playing in at the cinemas as requested by you is going to be preview
for Casablanca followed by a re-run of King Kong so if you suggested either of those well
done, your name will be in the back of the book. And for Miki’s style there were lots of good
suggestions, even some great drawings and several of those descriptions have been incorporated
into the book. It is nearly at the proof reading stage so it’s getting very exciting. Give the acetate a shake to smooth out the
chocolate and get rid of any air bubbles. And once the chocolate is just starting to
set use a knife to cut the shapes shown on the template, and I’ll put that on the website
for you too. I am making these serves fairly big so they’re big enough to share with two
people. If you want to make individual ones just reduce the size. Then take some circle
cutters and cut holes in the sides and you can do them in all different sizes. It’s just
so we can see the pretty dessert inside. Then using a heart shaped cutter cut a heart
from the centre of the lid. If you don’t have a cutter no problem you can just use a knife
to draw the shape. Place a sheet of baking paper over the top and a cutting board or
something heavy on top to weigh it down so it doesn’t curl. Once that is set spread some more chocolate
out really thinly. Smooth it out then add the lid with the heart cut out on top – I’ve
made one out of white to make it easier for you to see here. And then you’re just going to cut around the
edge of that. Lay out your sides and use a warmed baking
tray to melt the edges and join them together. Adding each side one at a time. And just adjusting
it to make sure it is straight. Then use some of the melted chocolate off the tray to add
the lid into place. Cut a square of the ice cream dessert, centre
it on the plate and then add a chocolate box over the top. Mix the leftover glaze with some water to
thin it and warm that up and pour it over the top to show your hidden love heart. You
could of course do this with any letter or any shape that you like. Subscribe to How To Cook That for more Cakes,
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Here for more of my dessert videos and here for the YouTube channel. Make it a great week and I’ll see you all
on Friday.