Recipe: Gingerbread White Chocolate and Caramel Slice

Looking for dessert inspiration for Christmas... here's a great one by Mercy Fenton
Recipe: Gingerbread White Chocolate and Caramel Slice

"This treat is as light as a feather. With a delicate flavour of caramel and white chocolate finished off with the oomph of gingerbread, it is delicious, decadent and definitely a possibility for a Christmas dessert," said Mercy Fenton, whose column runs in The Echo every Wednesday. "A light gingerbread with a reduced amount of treacle, this can be made a day in advance."

Step 1 Base

Ingredients

115gr plain flour

1/2 tsp bread soda

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

30gr butter at room temperature

70gr Demerara sugar

32gr treacle

82gr golden syrup

75ml boiling water

30gr free-range egg

Method:

  • Lightly grease and line a 9-inch spring form tin with parchment paper.
  • Pre-heat oven to 175C.
  • Put the Demerara, treacle, golden syrup, butter and boiling water in a jug and stir to melt butter and sugar, allow to cool a bit before adding the egg (as you don’t want to cook it)
  • Sieve the remaining dry ingredients together into a medium sized bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre of the bowl as you would for pancakes and pour on the liquid, whisking all the time, bringing in the dry ingredients slowly until you have a smooth, lump-free batter.
  • Pour into the prepared tin and bake until golden and firm to the touch, about 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Allow to cooling fully, then turn out onto wire rack.
  • Once cooled, cut a thin slice horizontally to use for the base of the slice. This is far more than you need so eat or freeze the rest for other Christmassy recipes.
  • The next layer is the white chocolate mousse, but prepare the caramel first.

Step 2 Caramel

Ingredients

125gr sugar

25gr water

80ml cream - warmed

5gr maldon sea salt (optional)

Method:

  • Meanwhile, cook 125gr of sugar and the water to caramel.
  • Cooking the sugar to caramel: Be very careful, as caramel burns are very serious.
  • Get ready a small bowl of ice water and a clean pastry brush.
  • Put the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed pan (choose a pan slightly larger than you think you need and ideally with high sides) and cook over a gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn up heat, the syrup will begin to boil rapidly.
  • Sugar crystals may form at the side of the pan; brush these down carefully with the ice-cold water and a pastry brush, be very careful doing this to ensure the sugar does not splatter.
  • When the sugar begins to caramelize, swirl the pan gently to disperse the heat.
  • When you tilt the pan, the liquid should be a rich caramel colour, be brave enough to cook it to quite a deep colour (if you smell burn, you need to start again). Once your caramel is cooked remove from the heat.
  • Carefully add the warmed cream and cook for a minute or two more stirring well to remove lumps.
  • Weigh 60gr into a small bowl for the caramel cream and keep the rest separate.

Step 3

White chocolate mousse

Ingredients

88gr white chocolate drops

66ml pouring cream

177ml cream for whipping to soft peaks

1 leaf of gelatin

Method:

  • Soak the gelatin in cold water.
  • Boil the pouring cream.
  • Lift the gelatin out of the water and squeeze away the excess water, add soaked gelatin to the boiled cream and stir until dissolved.
  • Pour the cream mixture onto white chocolate, stir until smooth and melted.
  • Allow to cool until it is nearly set in the fridge.
  • Remember to stir occasionally, using spatula.
  • Meanwhile, whip cream to soft peaks.
  • When chocolate mixture is nearly set, fold in whipped cream.
  • Fill into the spring-form tin until it comes up halfway, level on top and refrigerate.

Step 4 Caramel cream layer

Ingredients

112gr cream cheese

75gr sugar

60gr prepared caramel

1¼ leaves gelatine

20ml water

175ml cream

50gr white chocolate

Method:

  • Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pot of boiled water – ensure bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  • Once melted, set aside.
  • Soak the gelatine in cold water to soften.
  • Using spade attachment of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar, - scrape down sides.
  • Once it’s smooth, mix in the melted white chocolate and beat again to mix in.
  • Lift the gelatine from cold water and squeeze to remove excess water.
  • Dissolve the gelatine in the boiled water and add to the caramel.
  • Add the dissolved gelatine to the cream cheese, mix well.
  • Place the cheese mix in the fridge and whip the cream to soft peaks.
  • Allow the cream cheese mix to nearly set in the fridge, when it is slightly wobbly fold in the whipped cream.
  • Scrape the mix into the tin, then swirl one or two tablespoons of the extra caramel over the top and scrape gently to spread.
  • Refrigerate until set, then serve with a little ice cream or whipped cream.
  • To serve, you can decorate with some white chocolate curls if you wish.

For more dessert ideas for Christmas from Mercy, see The Echo on Wednesday December 1 for our special Christmas Food supplement.

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