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Chocolate, hazelnut and fougasse bread ‘Amona’ plated dessert by Elena Pérez

August 21, 2020
Chocolate, hazelnut and fougasse bread ‘Amona’ plated dessert by Elena Pérez
Elena Pérez
Dark chocolate, hazelnut streusel and daquoise, smoked olive oil powder and fougasse bread ice cream
Recipe published in
So Good #23

Elena Pérez is part of the team at Preludio, a signature restaurant in Singapore where the diner is often treated as a spectator who is about to enjoy a work of art and whichthis 2020 is proposing dishes around the theme, “Time” .

At the pastry level, this theme translates into desserts that represent “moments, they are experiences that have been happening to me throughout life and have made me the person that I am now”, this pastry chef of Basque origin tells us in so good # 23 .

Desserts like Amona, which translates to grandmother in Basque, is a nostalgic dish for Pérez, one that is fondly reminiscent of home and childhood days. Upon returning home from school, her Grandmother would prepare a treat –a traditional bread slathered with chocolate. She translates these memories into this dessert that features Guanaja 70% chocolate curls with a hazelnut dacquoise and olive oil gel in between. It is plated with a hazelnut streusel, smoky olive oil snow, extra virgin olive oil caviar, rosemary and a fougasse bread ice cream.

‘Amona’. Chocolate, hazelnut, olive oil and bread plated dessert

Chocolate decoration

Temper Guanaja dark chocolate. Stretch it on plastic sheet 4.5 cm x 20 cm and 4.5 cm x 15 cm. Shape into a curve.

Hazelnut streusel

  • 90 g butter
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 120 g ground hazelnut
  • 90 g salt
  • 1 g fleur de sel

Combine all the ingredients and mix in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle. Mix to a grainy mixture. Bake at 160ºC for 15-20 min, vent open.

Olive oil gel

  • 25 g glucose powder
  • 80 g caster sugar
  • 100 g water
  • 100 g isomalt
  • 200 g extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 sheets of gelatine

Rehydrate gelatine with ice water. Bring glucose, sugar, water and isomalt to a boil. Add the gelatine and mix. Transfer it to a jar and slowly with the help of a hand blender add the extra virgin
olive oil. Remove the air with a vacuum machine.

Hazelnut dacquoise

  • 160 g ground hazelnut
  • 58 g flour
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 330 g egg white

Sieve the ground hazelnut, flour and icing sugar. Whisk egg whites with the sugar until soft peak, mix all together with spatula. Spread on a tray. Bake at 180ºC for 14 minutes. Cut into 3 x 9 cm.


  • 320 g bread flour
  • 210 g cold water
  • 7 g fresh yeast
  • 6 g fine salt
  • 6 g rosemary

Mix flour, water and yeast for about 5 min, add the salt and rosemary and mix for
another 5 min. Knead and put it in a bowl and proof for 1 hour.

Roll into 30 g balls. Cover with a wet cloth and proof for another 45 min. Remove the excess air carefully with your hands. Proof for another 15 min, and spray water.

Bake at 230ºC / 2 vent. / 10 min. Bake at 230ºC / 3 vent. / 2 min. Once it’s cold, cut and continue baking it for 20 min at 230ºC.

Fougasse ice cream

  • 283 g milk
  • 86 g cream
  • 21 g milk powder
  • 69 g dextrose
  • 13 g trimoline
  • 25 g sugar
  • 3 g ice cream stabilizer
  • 120 g fougasse

Boil the milk and combine with the fougasse and infuse for one night, then sieve. Mix the milk with the cream, milk powder, dextrose, trimoline, sugar and ice cream stabilizer, and bring to 85 degrees Celsius. Refill a Paco jet container and freeze for 12 hours.

Smoked olive oil powder

  • 100 g smoked olive oil
  • 100 g maltosec
  • 4 g salt

Combine all together and mix. Keep it in a dry place.


  • Encapsulated extra virgin olive oil
  • Rosemary

Montage and finishing

Place the small chocolate decoration on top of the hazelnut dacquoise and the olive oil gel. Stick the other chocolate piece. In one of the corners, put the hazelnut streusel, the smoky olive oil snow, extra virgin olive oil caviar, rosemary and finish with fougasse bread ice cream.

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