July 16, 2017
Desserts, Fancy/Entertaining, Nuts/Seeds,
Pistachio, Austrian, Cooking For A Crowd, Christmas, Easter, Entertaining, Stove Top, Vegetarian, Make it from scratch, Chocolate more
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"A sweet treat from Austria - Mozart Spheres... A lot of work, but worth it!"
Put the pistachios in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and remove skins.
Spread out on a baking tray and bake at 350ºF for 8 minutes.
Blend in a food processor or with an immersion blender until mixture resembles very fine crumbs.
Place the sugars and egg in bain marie and stir continuously over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
Remove from the heat, stir in the pistachio powder then bring together with your hands until you have a firm paste.
Wrap with clingfilm and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Roll the pistachio marzipan into 80 pea-sized balls, then place in the freezer while you make the truffle layer. (There will be excess marzipan left over wrap in clingfilm/saran wrap and refrigerate for use in another recipe)
Place the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl heat for ten seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted.
Stir in the cream until you have a ganache type consistency and refrigerate for ten minutes.
Take a piece of the chocolate a fraction larger than a hazelnut, roll into a ball, flatten into a disk and then wrap around one of the pistachio spheres.
Repeat until you have wrapped all 80. Insert a cocktail stick into each and place in the freezer while you make the nougat.
Put the sugar, glucose, honey and water in a saucepan. Stir to combine and then heat gently without stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pasty brush and increase the heat slightly. Cook until you hit 240ºF on a sugar thermometer.
While the liquid is heating to temperature, beat the egg whites in a very large heat proof bowl until soft peaks form.
With the whisk still running, pour the sugar/honey mix into the egg whites in a very very slow stream until fully incorporated. Continue whisking for five minutes until the mixture is fluffy and thick. Leave to cool to room temperature (about 45 minutes).
Stir in enough icing sugar into the nougat so that you can pick it up without it sticking to your fingers.
Press it out flat with your fingers, cut it into strips and wrap around the truffle/pistachio spheres, rolling them in your hands so they keep their spherical shape.
Stand them upright by inserting the cocktail sticks in some styrofoam blocks or a box.
Place the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat for ten seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted.
Dip the mozartkugeln in the chocolate and return to the polystyrene/box stands for them to dry.
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