Giuseppe Di Iorio’s White Chocolate And Cardamom Mousse With Pistachio Sponge

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This spectacular raspberry and white chocolate recipe from Giuseppe di Iorio is reminiscent of ‘fairy rings’ where mushrooms sprout. Pistachio sponge offers a mossy accompaniment, while the domes themselves contain a liquid core of raspberry purée surrounded by white chocolate, cardamom and coffee mousse.

Ingredients
For the raspberry core:
125g of raspberry purée
1 tsp xanthan gum

For the coffee and cardamom sponge:
4 cardamom pods
175g of double cream
50g of coffee
30g of egg yolk
50g of caster sugar
3g of gelatine
100g of white chocolate, ‘Ivoire’ 35%, broken into pieces

For the crunchy white chocolate glaze:
100g of cocoa butter
150g of white chocolate, ‘Ivoire’ 35%

For the chocolate mushrooms:
750g of white chocolate, ‘Ivoire’ 35%
red food colouring, fat-soluable

For the raspberry sauce:
125g of raspberry purée
65g of Valrhona neutral glaze, ‘Absolu Cristal’

For the pistachio sponge:
100g of 0 flour
100g of almond flour
20g of icing sugar
3 eggs
40g of pistachio nuts

To serve:
pistachio nuts, very finely chopped into a crumb
10 hazelnuts, toasted and halved
edible flowers
dill
4 raspberries, halved
pistachio nuts, very finely chopped into a crumb
10 hazelnuts, toasted and halved
edible flowers
dill
4 raspberries, halved

Method
To begin, make the raspberry core for the domes by blitzing the raspberry purée and xanthan gum using a hand blender
Pour into the 2cm demi-sphere moulds and freeze at -18°C.
To make the cardamom and coffee mousse for the moulds, place 50g of the cream, the coffee and the cardamom in a saucepan. Bring to the boil.
Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until pale and smooth. Soak the gelatine in cold water.
When the cream and coffee is almost boiling, pour a splash into the egg mixture and whisk to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the hot cream and coffee and stir until thickened and smooth.
Pass the custard through a sieve and stir in the gelatine until fully dissolved. Add the white chocolate pieces and again, stir until smooth. Allow to cool.
Whip the remaining 125g of cream to soft peaks and gently fold into the custard to finish the mousse.
Half-fill the 5cm demi-sphere moulds with the cardamom mousse and place the frozen raspberry purée demi-spheres in the centre. Fill with a little more cardamom mousse and smooth the base with a spatula.
Place in the freezer at -18°C until frozen.
10 When the cardamom domes have completely set, make the white chocolate glaze. Melt the cocoa butter in a saucepan and stir in the white chocolate.
11 Heat the mixture to 30°C and turn out the domes onto a wire rack. Pour the glaze over the domes evenly to create a smooth coating. Return to the freezer to set.
12 To make the chocolate mushrooms, temper the white chocolate. Pour 250g of the white chocolate into a small siphon gun, charge with 2 N20 charges and pipe the stalks of the mushrooms into a container. Place in the freezer to set.
13 Place a couple of spoonfuls of the tempered white chocolate into a small piping bag for the dots on the toadstools and set aside. Add a few drops of the red colouring to the remaining white chocolate.
14 Pour the coloured chocolate onto sheets of acetate to create small disks. Transfer the coloured white chocolate to a piping bag and cut a very small hole in the end. Pipe some small dots of white chocolate on top to create the toadstool caps and allow to set.
15 Once the stalks and caps have both set completely, pipe some tempered white chocolate onto the top of each stalk and place a cap on top.
16 Remove the dome desserts from the freezer and loosely pipe the coloured chocolate over the top, as pictured. Return to the freezer to set.
17 To make the raspberry sauce, simply blitz together the ingredients with a hand blender and store in a squeeze bottle.
18 To make the pistachio sponge, blend together all of the ingredients using a hand blender until smooth.
19 Pour into a siphon, charge with 2 N20 charges and squirt the mixture into plastic cups. Microwave for 30 seconds, allow to cool and break into pieces.
20 Remove the dome desserts from the freezer 10 minutes before serving.
21 To serve, create a ring of pistachio crumb around the centre of each plate. Place 2 of the demi-spheres on each place, then dot the toadstools, sponge pieces, raspberries, hazelnuts, edible flowers and dill fronds around the plate. Pipe dots of the raspberry sauce around the pistachio ring and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Giuseppe Di Iorio for Great Italian Chefs. See here for more.

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