04 September 2010

Sadaharu Aoki's Valencia

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Sadaharu Aoki's Valencia

sadaharu aoki is undoubtedly one of the world's most recognized pastry chefs. when i visit tokyo next year, not only am i going for pierre herme and laduree but i'm gonna visit sadaharu aoki (and hidemi sugino) as well. so far, i've not been able to find any of his recipes (not even in books) therefore i was elated and somewhat surprised to come across this recipe for one of his best sellers, the valencia entremet. orange chocolate, as you know, is my favorite dessert combination and probably one of the widely used as well when it comes to entremets, so i couldn't wait to try it out!

Sadaharu Aoki's Valencia

components from top : light orange mousse, almond cocoa sponge, milk choc mousse, hazelnut praline feuilletine & hazelnut dacquoise.

of coz, my rendition is nothing compared to that of the pastry chef's. i thought i could slice the cake better when its frozen, turned out that i was wrong. the feuilletine & dacquoise layer at the bottom was really hard and i couldn't make a clean cut. i ended up with jagged edges and bits of nuts flying here and there :( nevertheless this is a good cake though i would say its more chocolate than orange compared to this one that i made for my mom's birthday. i used grand marnier instead of cognac which was originally stated for the orange mousse and i find it too overpowering that i couldn't really taste any orange at all. i guess this is one time where the substitution didn't work out well so its better to stick to the recipe in future. one thing for sure, making entremets is really easy now! having made it so many times, i feel that the steps and components are pretty predictable and i could breeze through each component without any difficulty. if you approach it step-by-step, its really quite simple!

Sadaharu Aoki's Valencia


*recipe removed due to copyright restrictions.

17 comments:

Honey @ honeyandsoy said...

OMG I think I just died... they look SO AMAZING! And I truly admire your patience. I know that for you, multi-layer cakes may not be a big deal given your experience making them, but for me, I am like.... Wo-owww... :) Respect...

Jess @ Bakericious said...

looks so mouth-watering, I hope I can have a slice now !

pickyin @ Life is Great said...

This is amazing. I almost licked the screen!

shirley@kokken69 said...

Evans, of course you will have to go to Aoki Sadaharu and Hidemi Sugino - Make sure you go early to Sugino's boutique - I made the mistake of going there in late afternoon and there wasn't many options left.. :(  Your creation is amazing. I have quite a number of Japanese pastry cookbooks that feature these whimsical concoctions but there are so many steps involved - I just do not have the discipline to do it all. Applause to your efforts!

My Site (click to edit) said...

Aha! So this is what you making !!! Looks gorgeous!! I really wish I was staying closer to you. I would come over in a heartbeat, fork in hand!! LOL

Federica said...

wow che delizia!!!!complimenti!!!

bossacafez said...

yes yes, of coz i'll be there early! i envy u, you're so well travelled!

bossacafez said...

aww you're always so kind! hehe its not that difficult actually, just take each component step by step and if its still too daunting, make them in a span of two days :D

bossacafez said...

<span>aww you're always so kind! hehe its not that difficult actually, just take each component step by step and if its still too daunting, make them over a span of two days :D</span>

Eva said...

Lovely lovely lovely lovely cake!!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Shi-fu, you should really have one of those glass displays like Bakerzin. Just leave outside your home, put whatever you bake in there ... promise you everyday, when you open you door, there will be a queue outside.

Kaitlin said...

Beautiful! 

I love chocolate and orange.  I can't wait to give this a go!

Your photos are just so....  WOW.  Always!

bossacafez said...

HAHA, you're funny ju! skali the whole display case kena stolen how? then no need to queue liao lor lol

Kim said...

When one reads about food photography we are alwasy told that our objective is to make the reader desire what is shot... you did that!  Nicely done, excellent recipe and photos!

Cheryl Sng said...

I love your photography skills, the pictures you take never fail to make the foods look apetizing. :)

Allie said...

Wow this looks awesome! I'm drooling already. You're really getting better and better at making entremets, this looks really pretty and I'm sure they're delicious as well!

Chocolate and orange makes such a beautiful match, plus a little bit of liquer to enhance the taste and it'll be perfect. I can totally imagine how good this tastes. Really look forward to seeing more :) .

delia said...

hi Evan,
very beautiful cake! may i know what is almond paste? any substitute if i can't get it here?

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