Two delicious layers, a silky smooth, gooey and ooey lemon caramel and a vanilla ganache with cake crumbles. A flavour bomb with lots of different textures and deliciousness! I did just realize that I should have added poppy seeds to the cake ganache to make it a poppy seed lemon cake, but now you have the chance to do so! There’s not too much to say more than these cuties are really a treat! They’re pretty, they’re delicious, and simply amazing!
Lemon Cake Pralines – Citronkaka Praliner
Two delicious layers, a lemon caramel and vanilla panache with cake crumbles. A flavour bomb with lots of different textures and deliciousness!
- Yield: about 48 pralines (2 molds) 1x
- Optional edible decorative gold or silver powder or paint with cocoa colours
- 500g / 17,6oz white chocolate
- 5g / 0,17 oz of mycryo
- 100g / 3,5 oz caster sugar
- 75g / 2,3 oz water
- 30g / 1,1 oz glucose syrup
- 35g / 1,2 oz whipping cream, 40% fat
- 35g / 1,2 oz butter
- 75g / 2,3 oz lemon juice plus zest of 1-2 lemons
- A pinch of salt
Vanilla Cake Ganache
- 50g / 1,75 oz whipping cream, 40% fat
- 25g / 0,9 oz butter
- 10g / 0,35 oz glucose
- 120g / 4,2 oz white chocolate
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 50g / 1,75 oz left over, dry, sponge/vanilla cake, can be replaced with crushed biscuits/cookies, finely crumbled
- Starts by making the chocolate shells. I use mycryo to temper the chocolate. I’ve found it to be successful every time, which I’ve not found when attempting the classic methods.
- Clean you praline molds using water and washing-up liquid. I usually clean them with a cotton pad and vodka as well. Let the mold dry, and using a food safe brush brush with edible gold powder if you want.
- Melt the dark chocolate over a water bath to 40-45C. Take off, and let cool to 32-33C in room temperature.
- Mix in the mycryo, and let cool to 30C. Great tip to make sure the chocolate really is tempered is to spread a thin layer on a piece of parchment paper. If it sets within 5 minutes to a glossy, hard sheet, then the chocolate is well tempered. If it’s not tempered, you’ll not get the pralines out of the molds.
- Then fill the cavities of the praline molds up to the top, even overflowing a little. Using the handle of a spatula or dough scraper, tap on the sides of the mold to remove air bubbles. Also, tap the mold on the counter top. This will prevent the formation of air bubbles on the surface of the chocolates.
- Then, flip the mold over the chocolate bowl to empty the cavities. Let the chocolate to drip off. Tap the side of the mold to get rid of excess chocolate. Using the spatula or dough scraper, scrape of the excess chocolate from the molds’ surface. Repeat for the second mold, and let set. You’ll get a sense of how long you should let the chocolate set in the molds and how thick of a shell you’ll get after some time making pralines.
- For the caramel, heat the cream and butter until melted and about 50C/100F.
- Stir together the sugar, glucose, and additional water in a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat until it starts to become slightly amber-coloured. The cream mixture should be kept warm on low heat. Keep attention and be careful with the sugar mixture since sugar can get very hot.
- Once slightly amber, add the cream mixture to the sugar while whisking in one directions. Let cool slightly, add the lemon zest and juice. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Then cool in a water bath until room temperature.
- For the cake ganache, put all the ingredients, except for the cake, in a medium sauce pan and melt over low heat until the chocolate is 2/3 melted. Take off the heat and stir till combined and silky smooth. Add the crumbled cake, and stir combined.
- Transfer both filling to piping bags.
- Then, fill the cavities. Start with the lemon and do about 1/3 of the praline. Then fill with the vanilla ganache till 2-3mm remain. Let sit in room temperature for a few hours or over night till a not sticky or wet “skin” has formed on the filling.
- Now for the lids, temper about 150g of chocolate with 1-2g of mycryo. Pour over the cavities until overflowing, and using the scraper scrape of excess chocolate chocolate. Repeat for both molds. Let set.
- Once set, try to tap out the pralines. If the chocolate was tempered correctly, it should go pretty easily. Otherwise, if you know you’ve tempered the chocolate properly, you can put the mold in the freezer or fridge for a short amount of time, and then the chocolate should shrink even more and pop out more easily. Enjoy!
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