Birds Nest

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Birds Nest

Yields24 ServingsPrep Time1 hrCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 minsDifficultyBeginnerRating

Ingredients

 250 g feuilles de brick/brick doughsor fillo dough
 30 g melted butter
Vanilla Mousse
 400 g heavy cream
 10 g vanilla
 155 g white chocolate
 5 g gelatin 200 blooms
 160 g heavy cream, cold
Raspberry Gel
 250 g raspberries use fresh, frozen or puree
 20 g water
 10 g lemon juice
 120 g sugar
 3 g agar-agar
Chocolate Shell
 200 g dark chocolate
 200 g cocoa butter coconut fat works too

Directions

About
1

Celebrate Easter with a touch of originality!..
These cute eggs shape dessert are made out of a sweet raspberry gel that is encapsulated in a delicate vanilla mousse and then wrapped in a thin chocolate shell. Eggs are then served in a feuilles de brick strips nest. This recipe makes ≈2 dozens eggs, yielding 2.5 to 3 eggs per serving. Best suitable for egg silicone mold 3D Easter egg shape. Make 2 days ahead.

Raspberry Gel
2

Raspberry gel can be subbed for preserves. Heat up raspberries, water and lemon juice and puree. Combine sugar and agar and add it to the puree. Bring to a boil a cook for 2 minutes stirring every so often. Let cool over a bath of ice water and once completely set, smooth out with an immersion blender; set aside.

Vanilla Mousse
3

Infuse hot heavy cream with vanilla for about 20 mins. Meanwhile, soak gelatin in cold water to soften and drain. Give a quick boil the the vanilla infused cream and pour in the white chocolate. Mix well, add gelatin and remaining but chilled heavy cream. Refrigerate ganache montée overnight prior to whip.

Montage
4

Whip chilled ganache montée to soft peaks (do not over whip otherwise, mousse won't spread well in the mold. Fill each egg cavity two-thirds full with the vanilla mousse and insert a dollop of raspberry gel right away. Seal tops with more mousse and even out with an offset spatula. Freeze eggs mousse for at least 12 hours prior to de-mold. Keep eggs frozen until ready to glaze.

Chocolate Shell
5

Melt cocoa butter first (cocoa butter can boil). Add dark chocolate and mix with an immersion blender. Pass through a sieve or cheesecloth. When temperature reaches 95ºF/35ºC, glaze frozen eggs one at the time. Keep them in the freezer as you go. Once glazed, let them in the refrigerator an hour or so to thaw. Otherwise keep glazed chocolate eggs frozen for later use.

chocolate mousse eggs

Nest
6

Cut in half, fold and cut into thin strips a few feuilles de brick. Season with melted butter and shape into individual nests. You would need about 2 brick doughs to make one nest. Bake at 375ºF/190ºC for about 20 mins until golden brown.

Plating
7

Place 3 thawed eggs over a nest. Garnish with a couple of raspberries and a drizzle of raspberry gel and mint leave. Enjoy!

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