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Dark chocolate fondant with chestnut and squash

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Chocolate fondant

  • 125g of 70% dark chocolate
  • 125g of unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing metal rings
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 eggs
  • 62g of caster sugar
  • 25g of plain flour, sieved

Chestnut ice cream

  • 140g of chestnut purée, unsweetened
  • 70g of milk
  • 90g of double cream
  • 110g of sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • lemon juice

Squash purée

Pumpkin granola

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1
First make the chestnut ice cream. Boil the milk, cream and chestnut purée in a pan with 85g of the sugar, making sure that the sugar dissolves
  • 85g of sugar
  • 70g of milk
  • 90g of double cream
  • 140g of chestnut purée, unsweetened
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Whisk together egg yolks and the rest of the sugar. Temper the eggs with the cream. This is done by gradually pouring the warmed cream mixture into the eggs. Return to the pan and gently heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, seasoning with salt and lemon juice if necessary
3
Pass the custard through a sieve, check the seasoning and freeze (you can also use an ice cream maker - in which case, churn straight-away). Once frozen, churn in a Pacojet and store in the freezer until ready to serve
4
For the purée, peel the squash, remove the seeds and chop into small pieces. Add the squash pieces to a vac pac bag along with the syrup and vanilla. Seal and cook at 85°C for 1 hour
5
Remove the squash from the bag and blend until smooth. Set aside until needed
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Preheat the oven to 175°C/gas mark 4
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To make the pumpkin granola, toast the oats in a pan until golden brown. Roast the pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, mixed spice and sesame seeds in the oven for 5 minutes
8
Warm the liquid glucose, honey and pumpkin seed oil in a pan and puff the rice in a hot fryer
  • 40g of rice
  • 105g of liquid glucose
  • 105g of honey
  • 4g of pumpkin seed oil
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Drain the puffed rice on some kitchen paper. When the glucose mixture starts to bubble, remove from the heat and add the roasted seeds, puffed rice and oats to the pan. Season with the salt, mix well and spread onto a lined baking tray. Allow to cool before crumbling into pieces
10
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
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For the fondant, gently melt the chocolate and butter together in a bain marie. Then, whisk the egg yolks, whole eggs and sugar together until tripled in volume
12
Slowly fold the melted chocolate into the eggs and sugar, followed by the flour. Transfer the fondant mix into piping bags and grease the rings. Pipe 60g of the fondant mixture into each ring. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes - the centres should still be runny
13
To plate, arrange the chocolate fondants onto plates and lightly dust with icing sugar. Add a quenelle of the squash purée and chestnut ice cream alongside and scatter around some pumpkin granola. Top the ice cream with a few slices of shaved chestnut and drizzle some pumpkin oil onto the plate before serving
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