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Chocolate Raspberry Diamonds Recipe

Chocolate Raspberry Diamonds         


Chocolate Cake:
1/2 lb. unsalted butter, melted
6-1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
10 lg. egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
5 lg. egg whites

Chocolate Ganache:
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
3-1/2 cups heavy cream
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 lb. semisweet chocolate, chopped

Raspberry Filling:
1/2 pint red raspberries
2 tbsp. granulated sugar

Lightly coat the bottom and sides of 2 10x15-inch baking sheets with the melted butter. Line each sheet with parchment paper, then lightly coat the parchment paper with more melted butter. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In the top of a double boiler that is set over medium heat, place the remainder of the 1/2 pound butter and the 6-1/2 oz. semisweet chocolate. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and allow to heat for 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover and stir until smooth. Hold at room temperature. Place the egg yolks and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on high until the mixture is lemon-colored and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on high for another 2 minutes.

In another dry bowl, using the whip attachment, beat the egg whites until they are stiff but not dry. Using a rubber spatula, fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks. Add 1/4 of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture stirring to incorporate. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until completely incorporated, with no white streaks remaining.

Divide the mixture between the 2 prepared pans, smoothing the batter. Bake on the top and middle shelves in the oven for 20-22 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through baking. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. While the cakes are cooling, toast the hazelnuts on a baking sheet in the 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes. (They will begin to give off a toasted scent when ready. Watch carefully, as they can burn easily.) Place the hot nuts in a large, clean kitchen towel and rub vigorously to skin. Allow the nuts to cool, then place them in a food processor and chop them to 1/8-inch pieces. Invert 1 sheet of cake onto a large cutting board (larger than the pan). Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Hold the remaining cake at room temperature until needed.

To prepare the ganache, heat the heavy cream, 4 tbsp. butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium-sized, heavy saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil. Place 2 pounds of chocolate in amedium stainless steel bowl. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand 6-7 minutes. Stir until smooth. Combine 3 cups ganache with the chopped hazelnuts. Hold this mixture at room temperature to use for filling. Remove 1 more cup of ganache and place it in a bowl in the refrigerator (to be used to decorate the diamonds). Keep the remaining ganache at room temperature until needed.

To make the raspberry filling, purée the raspberries and 2 tbsp. sugar in a food processor for 12-15 seconds. Strain the purée in a fine mesh sieve over a stainless steel bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

To assemble, remove the cake from the refrigerator. Using a cake spatula, spread the raspberry purée over the cake, to the edges. Spread the hazelnut ganache over the raspberry filling, to the edges. Invert the other cake layer on top of the ganache covered layer. Remove the parchment paper from the second layer and press the layers together to hold them. Place the entire cake in the freezer for 1 hour. Remove the cake from the freezer. Using a very sharp serrated knife, cut away the uneven edges of the cake so it will measure 9x13-1/2-inches. Use a serrated knife to cut the cake width wise into 9 1-1/2-inch strips. Trim 1 diagonally cut piece from each end of the strips, then cut the strip diagonally 3 times to form 4 evenly sized diamonds from each strip. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet with sides (a jelly roll pan isperfect). Place 9-12 diamonds on the rack. Using the room temperature ganache, pour 2 tbsp. ganache over each diamond, coating the tops and sides. Using a large fork, remove the coated diamonds from the rack and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the refrigerator until firm, about 20 minutes. Scrape the ganache from the rack and pan and return it to the bowl of room temperature ganache. Warm the ganache over a double boiler to the right pouring consistency. Repeat the coating process with the remaining diamonds. Transfer the refrigerated ganache to a pastry bag that has been fitted with a medium-sized star tip. Decorate each diamond with a ganache star. Refrigerate the diamonds for at least 1 hour before serving. Allow the diamonds to come to room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.                   

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