1. Have a container ready (high temperature proof) and coat with oil lightly, using a paper towel.
2. In a small cooking pot, add water and agar powder. Melt the powder over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Heat and stir until the agar powder melts completely. It usually takes about 1 to 2 mins.
3. Add the sugar. Melt the sugar, stirring constantly to prevent burning with a spatula. It will be very foamy and bubbly. Keep on stirring for about 2 to 3 min.
4. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the espresso. Mix well.
5. Transfer into a prepared container through the sieve.
6. Chill in the fridge until it has set. It should be firm enough to cut.
7. Remove from the fridge and cut into small pieces, using the knife or even with your hand (about 2 to 3 cm dices) and place them on a baking sheet. You can also coat the pieces with sugar to make them sweeter.
8. Let the candies sit there for 2 to 3 days (it may even take up to 5 days, as it depends on so many factors : climate, season,...). Eventually their surface should dry out completely. The candies will be crystallized with a jewelry finish. They are crunchy outside, but inside texture is like jelly.
9. You can keep your “kohakutou” in an airtight container for about 2 weeks.
1. In a bowl whisk together eggs, sugar and salt using a hand mixer.
2. Pour the milk into the egg mixture slowly, gradually and mix well.
3. Add the sifted flour and mix well until the batter is integrated.
4. Strain the crepe mixture through a fine sieve. Add the melted butter and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for about 30min to 1h or even overnight.
Cooking the crepes :
5. Set a big size non-stick frying pan on medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, brush oil and remove excess with a paper towel (a thin application, only the first time is fine). Pour enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan and swirl it to coat evenly.
6. Once the batter is dry and the edges start to brown, flip the crepe with your hand. Let it cook on the other side for a few seconds. Then transfer to a plate to cool down. Set aside. This is the "big" size crepe. You need only one.
7. Now heat a 16~17cm non-stick pan on medium heat (a different size of pan will yield different number of crepes and need different amount of batter per crepe). Once the pan is hot, reduce the heat to low, brush with oil and remove the excess with a paper towel (a thin application, only the first time is fine).
8. Make small sizes crepes with the batter.
9. Once cooled completely, use a 15cm round plate or cake bottom as a guide and cut off crepe in excess. Note: This is just for the small crepes! Don't cut the big size one.
Putting it all together :
10. Whip chilled Whipping Cream (320g) for a few second, add granulated sugar (60g), and beat until stiff peaks form.
NOTE : if your cream is less than 35% fat, then I recommend you to add whipped cream stabilizer (I used "cremfix" here). In that case, mix cream stabilizer to the sugar ahead of this step. Add when your cream is getting a soft peak.
11. Now spread a good amount of cream evenly over one "small" crepe. Cover with another "small" crepe and repeat until all have been used. Finally cover with the "big" size crepe.
12. Let it chill in the fridge for a few hours until it has set. Dust with some powdered sugar over the cake to decorate.
_NOTE : _ I recommend non-melting powdered sugar if you can get it!
1. Combine strawberry and sugar (60g) in a saucepan and cook it over medium heat until strawberries have softened. Remove from the heat and set aside.
2. In a bowl add egg yolk. Pour the milk into the bowl little by little, and mix. Add sugar (20 to 30g) and mix.
3. Transfer the milk mix into a small pan and heat up to 75~80℃ over medium heat, turn the heat to low and simmer for 3min, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
4. Using a fine mesh filter (your usual sieve will do), strain the milk into a heat-safe bowl, then add inverted sugar and glucose. Mix well to melt. Let it cool down completely.
5. Once the milk mixture is cooled completely, add the strawberry sauce. Mix well.
6. Add heavy cream and mix.
7 Transfer the ice cream mixture into your compressor ice cream maker and let it run according to manufacturer's instructions. It should take 40~60min, depending on how cold the mixture. In case, you should let it run until the mixture turns thick and creamy.
8. Transfer the ice cream to a storage container, and let it freeze until you eat!
1. Preheat the oven to 160~170℃ degrees. Spread the hazelnuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15~20min, or until the hazelnuts become fragrant.
2. Remove from the oven and let them cool down. Then roll the nuts with your hands to peel the skin off, or most of it at least. They don’t need to be perfect, so just try to get as much as you can.
3. Add the hazelnuts in your food processor, then process them until just coarse-grained. Set aside 30g from these processed hazelnuts and keep them for further use. Then add sugar (30g) and whole milk (2 tbsp). Continue to process until the remaining is creamy and smooth. Transfer the hazelnut paste into a medium bowl. Set aside.
4. In a bowl, add egg yolk. Pour the milk into the bowl little by little, and mix. Add sugar and mix.
5. Transfer the milk mix into a small pan and heat up to 75~80℃ over medium heat, turn the heat to low and simmer for 3min.
6. Using a fine mesh filter (your usual sieve will do), strain the milk into a heat-safe bowl, then add inverted sugar and glucose. Mix well to melt. Let it cool down completely.
7. Once the milk mixture is cooled completely, pour it little by little into the hazelnut past bowl. Mix well.
8. Add heavy cream and mix.
9. Transfer the ice cream mixture into your compressor ice cream maker and let it run according to manufacturer's instructions. It should take 40~60min, depending on how cold the mixture. In case, you should let it run until the mixture turns thick and creamy.
10.Meanwhile make "caramelized hazelnuts : Put the sugar in a small pan, and melt it completely. Over medium heat, shake the pan gently to redistribute the melting sugar, but do not stir sugar at this point. When the sugar dissolves, add the coarse-grained hazelnuts from #3. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the nuts are caramelized. Transfer it onto the baking paper. Once it is cold enough, crush them using a wooden stick or spoon. Set aside until the ice cream is ready!
11. Mix the caramelized hazelnuts to the ice cream.
12. Transfer the ice cream to a storage container, and let it freeze until you eat!
140g heavy cream/whipping cream - whip to stiff-peak
20g sweetened condensed milk
40~50g white sugar
If you want to make them without cocoa
100g unsalted butter
65g powdered sugar/confectioner's sugar
12g egg yolk
25g almond powder
110g plain flour (T45)
1. Sift together flour, almond powder, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, add the butter and powdered sugar. Mix well.
3. Add egg yolk and mix well.
4. Add the sifted flour from #1 into the butter mixture and mix well.
5. Make a ball shape with it and place on saran wrap. Then cover with another saran wrap so you can roll it : Roll the dough out to 2-3mm thick, using a rolling pin.
6. Let it sit in the fridge until it hardens, maybe for 30-60min, so that it will be easier to cut.
7. Remove from the fridge and cut 4-5cm circles in the dough, using a cookie cutter and place on the baking sheet.
8. Bake the cookies for about 8 to 9 min at 170℃. Do not overcook. Roll out the dough leftovers to 3mm again, and return to the fridge to make it firm. Repeat until all the dough is done.
9. Make the filling ice cream In a small bowl, add cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and sugar and mix well. Add the whipped heavy cream and mix well.
10. Fill the filling mixture in a large pastry bag, fitted with a circle shape tip (about 1cm across). Pipe the filling cream onto a (bottom) cookie and cover with another (top) cookie. You've got your Oreo!