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Rum Baba with Chestnut Cream and Whipped Cream

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Rum Baba with Chestnut Cream and Whipped Cream

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Ingredients

The baba dough:
200 g Flour
5 g Salt
15 g Sugar
10 cl Milk
10 g baker's yeast
2 Eggs
50 g soft butter
The baba syrup:
80 cl Water
500 g Sugar
1 vanilla pod
20 cl brown rum
Creamy chestnut cream:
15 cl Milk
150 g chestnut cream
1 tbsp cornstarch
50 g Sugar
1 egg yolk
2 g Gelatine
80 g Butter
Vanilla whipped cream:
1 vanilla pod
30 cl high quality liquid cream cold
The finish:
1 dash rum
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Ingredients

  • The baba dough:

  • The baba syrup:

  • Creamy chestnut cream:

  • Vanilla whipped cream:

  • The finish:

Directions

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What could be more regressive and delicious than a rum baba? Here it is combined with a chestnut cream and vanilla whipped cream… I like the amber side of rum, the earthy sweetness of chestnut and the warmth of vanilla. But it is possible to vary the flavours of the cream in all registers: sour, sweet… For a family meal, you can use a savarin mould.

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Recipe by Anne-Sophie Pic, legendary 3-Michelin starred French Chef. Anne-Sophie has recently launched her own cooking school where you can learn how to prepare haute cuisine dishes, creative pastries, and learn the ins and outs of wine tasting.

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How to Make the Baba Dough:

  1. Without the vat of a mixer, assemble the flour, salt and sugar.
  2. In a saucepan, let the milk cool down (about 30°c, no more if you have a thermometer).
  3. Add the yeast and stir to dissolve it. Pour this warm milk over the flour with 1 egg and mix at low speed. As soon as the dough is homogeneous, add the second egg.
  4. Stop the mixer. Pour the melted butter over the dough. Leave, without stirring, at room temperature until the butter goes under the dough. At this point, stir again to incorporate the butter.
  5. Fill the babas moulds with the dough and let them swell at room temperature, so that they double in volume. Preheat the oven to 170 °c (th. 5-6). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. When they come out of the oven, remove the babas from the moulds, place them on a rack and leave them to cool.

How to Make Baba Syrup:

  1. Boil the water, sugar and vanilla bean for a few seconds.
  2. Remove from the heat, leave to cool and then pour in the rum.
  3. When the syrup is cold, place the babas in it to immerse them completely.
  4. Leave them to soak for 2 hours in the refrigerator, then drain them on a rack.

How to Make Creamy Chestnut Cream:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk with the chestnut cream and cornflour, stirring with a whisk.
  2. In a salad bowl, mix the sugar and the egg yolk. Plunge the gelatine into cold water for 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. When the chestnut milk boils, pour over the egg and sugar mixture.
  4. Mix and then pour it back into the pan and cook like a custard, over a low heat and stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from the heat, add the well-drained gelatine and leave to cool (to 40°c, if you have a thermometer).
  6. Stir in the butter cut into small pieces. Immediately pour the cream into serving bowls and leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours.

How to Make Vanilla Cream:

  1. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
  2. Scrape the inside of the half pods with a small knife to remove the small black seeds. In a salad bowl, beat the very cold cream and vanilla seeds with an electric mixer.

Finishing and Presentation:

  1. Place a little vanilla cream on the chestnut cream.
  2. Place a drained baba on top, then drizzle with a dash of rum.
  3. Taste immediately.
Rum baba, chestnut cream, vanilla whipped cream
Rum baba, chestnut cream, vanilla whipped cream; Photo credit: @mickaelroulier

 

Anne Sophie

Anne-Sophie Pic is a famous French Chef known for gaining three Michelin stars for her restaurant, Maison Pic, in southeast France. She is the fourth female chef to win three Michelin stars, and was named the Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.

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