June Daring Bakers Challenge: Charlotte Royale

It seems that recently this has become daring bakers oriented. This is merely because I’m not finding the time to blog, I’m still baking incessantly. Anyway, this month, I bring to you the june daring bakers challenge:

For the June daring bakers challenge Rebecca from BakeNQuilt.comchallenged us to make Charlotte Royale and Charlotte Russe from scratch. Savory or sweet Charlottes were definitely tasty showstopper.

I chose to do a charlotte royale. A sweet one. Obviously. A caramel and passionfruit swiss roll paired with a caramel bavarian cream. But really, I want to do it all again with more flavours! The possibilities are endless and have definitely got my neurone firing (nerd speak for brainstorming).

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Charlotte Royale

Biscuite Roulade

Ingredients

33g sifted cake flour

23g unsifted cornstarch

4 large eggs (room temperature)

room temperature

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon (113g) sugar, divided

¾ teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions:

Position the oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to hot 450°F/230°C/gas mark 8.  Grease the jellyroll/sheet pan and line it with parchment and then grease it again and flour it. You may use baking spray with flour included if desired.

In a small bowl, whisk together the cake flour and cornstarch.

Separate 2 of the eggs, placing the yolks in one large mixing bowl and the whites in another.

To the yolks, add the 2 remaining eggs, and ½ cup of the sugar.

Beat the yolk mixture with the paddle attachment on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick, fluffy and tripled in volume.  Beat in the vanilla.

Sift ½ the flour mixture over the egg mixture and fold it in gently but rapidly with a large balloon whisk (see notes), slotted skimmer spoon or rubber spatula until the flour has disappeared.  Repeat with the remaining flour mixture.

Beat the egg whites with the whisk attachment until foamy, add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form when the beater is raised.  Beat in the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form when the beater is raised slowly.  Fold the whites into the batter and pour into the prepared pan, using an angled/offset metal spatula to level it.

Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown, a cake tester comes out clean, and the cake is springy to the touch.

While the cake is still hot, you will need to set aside a piece for the base and roll the remainder in a towel as described below.

Cut off a piece from one of the ends just wide enough to cut the top from later as shown in the photo below.   Set this piece aside to cool.  After this piece has cooled, cut it with shears or a sharp knife into the circle for the Charlotte base.

While the cake is still hot, roll the remaining piece of cake up tightly in the dishtowel.  Roll from the longest side with the darkest side of the cake on the inside.  Cool the rolled cake/towel on a rack.

When ready to fill, gently unroll the cake and leave it on top of the towel.  Spread up to ½ cup of curd in a thin layer on top of the cooled cake and drizzle with caramel sauce, leaving it on the towel.

Roll up the cake as tightly as you can about 1/3 of the way and then use the towel to pull the roll towards you and press on the other side of the roll with a bench scraper or your hands to help make the roll tight as you continue to use the towel to help roll the cake all the way up.  The completed roll should be about 2” (5 cm) in diameter.  It is important to get this roll as tight as possible as you do not want gaps in the spirals.

Wrap the roll tightly in plastic wrap and then foil and freeze until firm enough to slice, at least a couple of hours.

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Ingredients

65g sugar

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon  unflavored gelatin powder

3 large egg yolks

400 ml milk

1 vanilla bean, split (you may also use extract/paste, but add it when the cream is cool

240 ml heavy cream

1½ tablespoon (22 ml) butterscotch baileys

Caramel Sauce (to taste)

Directions:

Refrigerate the mixing bowl for whipping the cream.

Have ready a fine strainer nearby, suspended over a small bowl.

whisk together the sugar, salt, gelatin and yolks until well blended, using a wooden spoon or mixer.

In another small saucepan heat the milk and vanilla bean to just below a simmer (170°F/77°C – 180°F/82°C).  There will be steam rising off the milk and there may be some small bubbles but it will not be at an active simmer yet.  Stir a few tablespoons of hot milk into the yolk mixture to temper it.  Gradually add the remaining hot milk and vanilla bean, stirring constantly.

Heat the egg and milk mixture, stirring constantly, to just below a simmer again (170°F/77°C – 180°F/82°C).  Steam will begin to appear and the mixture will be slightly thicker than heavy cream.  It will leave a well-defined track when a finger is run across the back of a spoon.   If the mixture gets too hot (above 180°F/82°C), the cream can curdle.  If this happens, immediately pour it into a blender and (with the vent open or a towel over the top) blend it to try to bring it back together smoothly.

Immediately remove from the heat and pour the mixture through the strainer (unless making the orange or lemon variations), scraping up the thickened cream that settles on the bottom of the pan.  Remove the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the sauce.  Stir until the seeds separate.

If time allows, chill the pastry cream in the refrigerator for about 1½ hours (checking frequently and stirring occasionally) until whisk marks barely begin to appear when stirred.   For faster results, cool the sauce over an ice-water bath, stirring with a whisk, until whisk marks barely begin to appear.  The mixture will start to set around the edges but will still be very liquid.

In the chilled bowl, whip the cream until it mounds softly when dropped from a spoon.

Whisk the Baileys and caramel into the pastry cream and then fold in the whipped cream just until incorporated.  The mixture will be soupy, like melted ice cream.

Directions for assembly:

Lightly oil a 6-cup (1½ litre) round bowl or mold (the smaller the diameter at the top the better) and line it as smoothly as possible with plastic wrap, leaving a small overhang.  Measure the diameter of the bowl and make note of it.  You will need a round cake base of this size for the bottom of the Charlotte.   Note:  If the diameter of the top of your 6 cup bowl is very wide, you may want to make an additional 1/2 recipe of the cake in a smaller pan to make sure there is enough for the roll as well as the base.  Alternately, you can use a smaller bowl.

When the roll is firm, cut it into ¼ inch (5 mm) slices with a small, serrated knife.  You want to get as many spirals as possible, so be careful to evenly cut the slices as close to ¼ inch (5 mm) as you can.  Work quickly so the cake roll doesn’t thaw and soften too much.

To line the bowl, place 1 slice in the center and place other slices around it as tightly as possible to try to avoid gaps.

Cover the lined bowl tightly and place it in the refrigerator until the filling is ready.

Make the Bavarian cream and spoon it into the lined bowl until it comes up to the top of the bowl or just to the place the top spirals last touch each other.  Trim the top spirals even above the cream if necessary.

Place the cake round on top of the cream and touching the edge of the spirals.   Press down gently on the edges of the cake circle so it makes contact with the edge of the spirals.

Cover tightly and refrigerate until set, at least 8 hours.

To unmold, invert onto a plate and lift away the bowl, tugging gently on the plastic wrap to release it.

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Raspberry and White Chocolate/ Passionfruit Curd Macarons

Well I hate computers, I hate learning design programs and I hate it when they aren’t working. After spending way too much time getting absolutely nowhere all last week with ridiculous assignments, what I needed was something to work. So really, I shouldn’t have chosen macarons on Thursday, but I did, and thank goodness they worked, because to get SOMETHING right was intensely satisfying and has given me energy to tackle another week of design software, crashing computers and missing files.

Anyway, back to important matters: magnificent macarons. Colourful, delicious, perfect macarons. Oh and perfect buttercream. And passionfruit curd! Oh just writing this is putting me in a good mood again. I had extra egg whites, from… uh I can’t remember? Oh well, it meant macarons, which i coloured half the batch yellow and half were left nude. The yellow shells were smoother, which I think was because they got a few extra folds to incorporate the colouring. I was just going to do ganache in the middle but I found some tins of passionfruit pulp and I just couldn’t get passionfruit curd out of my head…. Which meant using only yolks, so then I had more eggwhites… more macarons anyone? Or even better, fill them with italian meringue buttercream. Oooh white chocolate IMB anyone???

So a happy chain of baking lead to white chocolate and raspberry macarons and white chocolate and passionfruit curd macarons. They were so good, I even broke the ‘don’t eat macarons on the first day’ rule. No regrets.

 

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Macarons

100g aged egg whites (2 days in the fridge)

125g almond meal

125g icing sugar

125g sugar

34g water

Colouring (optional)

Sift icing sugar and almond meal together

Add 50g of egg whites to the sifted ingredients

Heat sugar and water to softball stage (115˚C), while doing this, whisk the remaining egg whites with a stand mixer until softly foaming.

SLOWLY stream the sugar syrup into the egg whites, whisking on high. Whisk until fluffy meringue has formed

Fold the meringue into the dry ingredients in two batches. IMG_0747

Fold in the colouring

Fold until all incorporated and the mix falls like a ribbon from your spoon

Transfer to a piping bag and pipe onto a lined baking sheet.

Allow to dry for 45 minutes or until dry when lightly touched.

Bake at 140˚C for 15 minutes

Match an fill!

 

Passionfruit Curd

2 egg yolks

1 egg

100g sugar

80ml passionfruit pulp

squeeze of lemon juice

30g butter

Whisk all except butter together

Place in a steel bowl over a simmering pot of water (or a double boiler)

Add the butter, stirring constantly until curd has thickened

 

Buttercream

2 egg whites

3/4c sugar

60ml water

150g butter

50g white chocolate, melted

Bring sugar and water to softball stage, while bringing egg whites to softly foaming in a stand mixer

Stream into egg whites and beat on high until meringue forms

Keep beating until the bowl is cool to the touch (10 minutes)

Gradually add butter while beating.

Don’t panic if it seems to curdle or go soupy ( if curdling, keep whisking, if soupy, place in the fridge for 10 minutes and then continue to whisk.

Add the white chocolate beating until incorporated.

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Assembly

Macaron shells

Buttercream in a piping bag with a circular nozzle

passionfruit curd

raspberry jam

This is how I did it, but fill them how you would like 🙂

 

 

 

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