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CHÂTEAU GÂTEAUX FUDGE PICASSO

Fabulous & fun styling ideas for your cake moment experience!

CHÂTEAU GÂTEAUX FUDGE PICASSO

Fabulous & fun styling ideas for your cake moment experience!

CHÂTEAU GÂTEAUX FUDGE PICASSO

Fabulous & fun styling ideas for your cake moment experience!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

FOR THIS EASY DESSERT IDEA YOU WILL NEED

SHOPPING LIST

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x CHÂTEAU GÂTEAUX | Fudge Picasso
  • 1 x cup white sugar
  • 5-6 x Fudge squares cut into diagonal halves
  • 1 x punnet of pomegranate seeds
  • Dark chocolate (optional if you don’t want to top with fudge)

METHOD

HOW TO MELT AND PREPARE YOUR SUGAR FOR YOUR BASKET & NEST CAKE TOPPERS
  1. Place a pan on a medium heat and add a cup of white sugar into your pan. Shake the pan until the sugar is evenly distributed. Do not use a spoon just shake it around from side to side and swirl it.
  2. WARNING THE MELTING WILL TAKE ABOUT 12 TO 15 MINUTES, SO DON’T RUSH IT.
  1. Eventually you will start to see the sugar ‘smoking’, then you know you’re on your way. Gently shake the pan and swirl to allow the sugar to work its way around the surface of the hot pan. Once this starts to happen and you see the white sugar turn into a caramel colour, you can start using a spoon. You don’t want to use a spoon at the start of the melting process as you’ll get clumps.
  2. And 12 to 15 minutes later your sugar has melted.
  1. Take the pan off the heat and allow the sugar to rest for a few minutes until the now melted sugar has a thicker consistency when dripping off your spoon. When that happens you are ready to make your sugar basket or sugar nest cake toppers.
  2. This is how you prepare the sugar for both your cake toppers. Now, let’s make the sugar basket cake topper!
SUGAR BASKET CAKE TOPPER
  1. You will need a stainless steel ladle. If you don’t have one, you can use a small glass bowl. Grease the surface with non-stick spray. Give your melted chocolate one last stir and pour it directly onto the tray. Make sure you have well greased the surface, it will make the removal of the caramelised sugar basket easier.
  2. Now, with your spoon, drizzle over the ladle, making sure the caramelised sugar has criss- crossed along the surface of the ladle, that is what will keep it from breaking once it sets and you try to remove it off the ladle.
  3. It’s as easy as that. Allow to set for a few minutes, until hard and then gently loosen the sugar basket from the ladle by gently turning it to help it unstick from the ladle.
  4. Repeat this exact process for as many baskets as you might need. The sugar will start to harden in the pan. Simply re-heat and allow to melt, then allow to slightly cool down and repeat the above process of making the basket.
SUGAR NEST CAKE TOPPER
  1. For this you will need a spoon and a fork and a little bit of patience. Add the glce cherries which you can keep whole or cut in half. Once your caramalised sugar is at the right consistency, using your spoon and fork, scoop some of the melted sugar and drop and drizzle sugar strands onto your work surface. Ensure you have greased the counter or the melted sugar strands will stick to the surface.
  2. Scoop, pull and drizzle, drizzle and once you have enough sugar strands on your surface, using your hands, gently build it up into a clump. And repeat. Don’t fuss much. Keep pulling and drizzling over the original clump. Don’t be scared to pull with your fingers, and keep building up the ‘golden threads’ until you have reached your desired cluster of ‘sugar threads’.
  3. Once you find your rhythm, it’s not hard. Just dip, scoop, and pull out of the pan and onto your nest, gathering all the loose sugar threads onto the nest.
  4. Once again, if you feel that the sugar needs to re-heat, do so on a medium heat and repeat the above process.
  5. Allow the sugar nest to set for a few moments and gently set it aside until you are ready to top your whole or sliced fudge picasso cake.
GARNISHING
  1. Use your pieces of fudge to make shavings over your sugar baskets and nests. Less is more. You can also add some pieces of fudge into the sugar baskets.Gently sprinkle some pomegranate seeds.
  2. Play and plate. There are no right and wrongs, just don’t overdo the fudge and pomegranate seeds. See them as gentle finishing touches.
  3. Whether an entire cake or just a few slices, we’ve given you some fun and easy ways to style your fudge picasso with our caramelised cake toppers.
Go forth and create, play and eat to the textures of your own palette, the CHÂTEAU GÂTEAUX way!

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