Ingredients

Hazelnut cookie dough
Flour160g
Butter100g
Sugar90g
Egg yolks50g
Grated gianduja chocolate40g
Hazelnut flour40g
Minced hazelnuts30g
Salt2g
Baking powder1 pinch per cake
Chocolate filling
Half-spheres 3.5cm in diameter12 (the filling can be conserved in the freezer and is perfect for serving as small pastries with coffee)
Dark chocolate120g
Fresh cream80g
Raspberry filling
Half-spheres 3.5cm in diameter12 (the filling can be conserved in the freezer and is perfect for serving as small pastries with coffee)
Raspberries125g
Sugar30g
Gianduja icing
Gianduja chocolate125g
Fresh cream110g
Acacia honey20g
Sunflower oil10g
White icing
White chocolate100g
Cream75g
Sugar70g
Gelatin sheets8g
Bavarian cream with hazelnut
Milk240g
Whipped cream130g
Egg yolks55g
Sugar 40g
Cornstarch24g
Butter20g
Gelatin sheets8g
Hazelnut brittle100g
Finely crushed (or a hazelnut praline)
Fleur de sel

Valentine's day drops with ganache filling - step by step

  1. HAZELNUT COOKIE DOUGH

    • Mix the butter with the sugar and add the hazelnuts, egg yolk, and gianduja.
    • Then stir in the flour, salt and baking powder.
    • Form a loaf, place it in a bowl, seal it with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour.
    • Roll out the dough 3-4mm high and cut two pieces with a raindrop cookie cutter (12cm long, 8cm wide, 4cm high).
    • With a smaller cookie cutter, set aside another 2 drops (11cm long, 7cm wide, 4cm high)
  2. CHOCOLATE FILLING

    • Break up the chocolate into a bowl. Heat the cream until just before boiling point, pour it over the chocolate and stir until it has melted and the mixture is thoroughly combined and glossy.
    • Divide it into 12 half-spheres of silicone mold, 3.5cm in diameter, and put in the freezer.
  3. RASPBERRY FILLING

    • Soak the gelatin in cold water. Cook the raspberries and the sugar with 20g of water for 5 minutes at a boil over low heat. Remove from the heat, whisk in the cream and, if desired, sieve. Stir in the gelatin until it melts. Distribute into silicone molds and put in the freezer.
  4. BAVARIAN CREAM WITH HAZELNUT

    • Soak the gelatin. Stir together the egg yolk and the sugar with the cornstarch.
    • Heat the milk until almost a boil, then pour over the egg yolk, mix well and put back over the heat, cooking and stirring until the cream begins to thicken.
    • Remove from heat; add the butter, the squeezed gelatin, and mix until it completely melts. Then add the crunchy mixture, a generous pinch of fleur de sel and let it totally cool; finally, carefully stir in the whipped cream. The Bavarian cream will be made just before the drop.
    • Cut the hazelnut cookie dough with the raindrop cookie cutter and keep the cutter in place; arrange all 4 on a plate or on a dish without sides lined with parchment paper.
    • Put a half-sphere of chocolate filling in the centers of the two biggest drops and the other drop with a half-sphere of raspberry. Cover with the Bavarian cream up to the edge. Put in the fridge for 4 hours.
  5. GIANDUJA ICING

    • Break up the chocolate into a bowl. Heat the cream with the honey almost to a boil, then pour over the chocolate and stir until obtaining a homogenous, lump-free mixture; at this point, add the oil and stir until thoroughly mixed.
    • Let it completely cool to room temperature before using it to glaze the two larger drops.
  6. WHITE ICING

    • Break up the white chocolate into a bowl. Soak the gelatin in cold water. Heat 70g of water with the sugar to a boil to obtain syrup.
    • Pour the syrup over the chocolate and mix well, then combine the cream and the squeezed gelatin.
    • Keep stirring until the mixture is homogenous and lump-free. Let it cool to room temperature.
  7. FINALISATION

    • Remove the drops from the fridge. Remove the cookie cutter – if necessary sliding a knife between the cookie cutter and the Bavarian cream. Place it on a rack set on a tray.
    • Glaze the two larger drops with the gianduja and the smaller ones with the white chocolate. Allow the excess glaze to drip through the rack.
    • Put in the fridge for 2 hours. Top off the larger drop with a FERRERO ROCHER® and gold powder. For the smaller drops decorate with untreated, white rose petals.

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