The Pastry chef of the three starred Lasarte, Xavi Donnay, combines two of his main passions. One is the art of the plated dessert, transient and suggestive, often incorporated into a gastronomic menu that equally shares creativity, innovation, sensitivity, intensity and a taste of homeland. The other of his passions has more to do with the trade of a pastry shop’s owner, with chocolaterie and traditional pastry creations. In this case, he worries about launching them in an especially mini format as petit fours at the end of the menu. For Xavi Donnay the mini format is in fashion, it is seen more and more, and it is also going to be more demanded by the consumer not only in a gastronomic restaurant -where it is also the last flavor which is recorded into the clients’ minds before leaving-, but also in other places and ahead of individual or family formats.
Besides the white chocolate roche, other varieties served in the restaurant are made of dark chocolate with different textures and also of milk chocolate with caramel and soy.
White chocolate mousse
- 250 g milk
- 500 g semi-whipped cream
- 465 g white chocolate
- 4 u gelatin sheets
Heat the milk and add the gelatin sheets, previously hydrated. Strain and pour over the non-melted white chocolate. Emulsify. When the mixture is at 28¼C, gently fold in the cream and use immediately. Transfer the mousse to a piping bag and pipe into ‘micro-stone’ molds. Deep freeze, unmold and dip into a tempered mixture of chocolate and almond. Allow to drain and leave to crystallize on a silicone mat. Reserve in the refrigerator.
- 250 g milk
- 250 g cream
- 100 g egg yolks
- 50 g sugar
Make a conventional créme anglaise and scale the needed amount for the preparation of the crémeux.
- 250 g crème anglaise
- 2 u gelatin sheets
- 135 g white chocolate, 40% cocoa
Whisk the previously hydrated and drained gelatin into the créme anglaise. Gradually pour the cream over the chocolate and emulsify with the help of a handheld blender. Pipe into round molds to make the bases.
Passion fruit cream
- 360 g sugar
- 150 g passion fruit juice
- 90 g lime juice
- 338 g eggs
- 525 g butter
- 3 u gelatin sheets
Mix the sugar, eggs and juices and heat until just below the boiling point. Remove from the heat and add the gelatin, previously hydrated in ice water and drained. Allow to cool until the temperature of the cream is between 40 and 45¼C and emulsify with the butter by using a handheld blender for 5 minutes. Strain and reserve in the refrigerator. Mold.
- 350 g white chocolate
- 200 g Inspiration passion fruit couverture
- 25 g sunflower oil
- 125 g almond, coarsely crushed
Melt the chocolates in the microwave oven, add the oil and temper to 29¼C. Add the almond bits and use.
- 700 g white chocolate
- 300 g cocoa butter
- 6 g natural white coloring
Separately melt the chocolate in the microwave oven and the cocoa butter in a pan. Combine both and apply onto the frozen mousse at 40¼C.
Once the bases have been coated, place a dot of passion fruit cream and lay the velvet-sprayed mousse on top. Finish with chocolate pop rocks tossed in silver powder.