2018 Holiday Gift Guide – Sweet Street – With Lamington Wag-Anna Recipe
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The Sweet Street cookbook brings a smile to your face, with it’s tasty sounding recipes, colorful photos and bright pages. Deserts are challenging for many to make and this cookbook makes them sound pretty simple. Sweet Street would make a great holiday gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, anyone who enjoys cooking and baking, and anyone that enjoys entertaining.
- Author: Anna Polyviou
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Murdoch Books (August 7, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1743368186
- ISBN-13: 978-1743368183
- Purchase on Amazon
In Sweet Street, Anna Polyviou brings her world-class training, techniques and flavours into your kitchen. Her recipes will tempt you to grab a bowl and spoon, gather some delicious ingredients and whip up a sweet treat, whether it’s a classic with a modern twist, a new take on afternoon tea or a knockout dessert to wow your guests. Home cooks of all levels will find expert tips, encouragement and bucket loads of ideas, from quick and easy treats like Cheat’s Trifle and Cherry on Top to challenging show stoppers such as Anna’s Mess, Carrot Cake and Anna’s Tower of Terror. Packed with inspiration, Sweet Street will show you just how easy spectacular cooking can be.
Anna Polyviou is a pastry chef with an edge. Awarded 2017 Chef of the Year by Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), 2016 Pastry Chef of the Year by Gault&Millau and 2016 Hotel Chef of the Year by Hotel Management magazine, Anna is a familiar face on the culinary scene. She has worked alongside many renowned pastry chefs, including Pierre Herme of Pierre Herme Paris patisseries. Her career has taken her to London, Paris and Chicago and onto our screens with MasterChef Australia and Family Food Fight.
Here’s a recipe from the cookbook, excerpted with permission of the publisher.
Lamington gets a facelift, the sponge replaced with sable biscuit to add crunch. These go out like hot cakes… for events, gifts and that perfectly naughty sweet treat!
100 g (3½ oz) raspberry jam
200 g (7 oz) dark chocolate
20 g (¾ oz) cocoa butter (optional)
150 g (5½ oz) shredded (desiccated) coconut
- 75 g (2¼ oz) unsalted butter
- 50 g (1¾ oz) icing (confectioners’) sugar
- 1 egg
- 100 g (31/2 oz/2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
- 50 g (1¾ oz) cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 160 g (5¾ oz) caster (superfine) sugar
- ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 6 sheets titanium-strength gelatine, softened in cold water
- 2 tablespoons glucose syrup
1. To make the sable, preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Put the butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Starting on low speed, then increasing to medium speed, beat until pale and creamy.
3. Continue beating as you add the egg. Gradually add the flour, cocoa and the vanilla seeds and mix until a smooth dough forms.
4. Gather the dough into a ball, shape into a flat rectangle, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
5. On a floured surface, roll the chilled dough out to 5 mm (¼ inch) thickness. Use a 5 cm (1½ inch) diameter cookie cutter to cut the dough into 30 discs.
6. Lay the discs on the prepared baking tray and bake for 15–20 minutes until golden. Cool on the tray then set aside in an airtight container until ready to use.
7. To make the marshmallow, combine 100 ml (3½ fl oz) of water in a saucepan with the sugar and vanilla seeds. Bring to the boil.
8. Meanwhile, put the softened gelatine and the glucose syrup in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
9. Turn the mixer onto medium speed and pour the boiling liquid into the mixing bowl with the gelatine mixture. Increase to high speed for about 3–5 minutes until the marshmallow has cooled (make sure it’s still slightly warm when you work with it, once it sets it will be hard to push into shape).
10. Lay 15 of the sable discs on a tray lined with baking paper and place a 1 cm (3/8 inch) dollop of raspberry jam in the centre of each disc.
11. Put the marshmallow into a piping (icing) bag fitted with a size 10 nozzle. Pipe the marshmallow into the middle of each sable disc in a dollop about 2 cm (¾ inch) high.
12. Place the remaining sable discs on top of the marshmallow and carefully press down so that the marshmallow reaches the edge of the sable. Transfer to the refrigerator until the marshmallow has set.
13. Put the milk chocolate and cocoa butter, if using, in a small microwave-proof bowl and melt in the microwave until two-thirds of the chocolate is melted. Stir the chocolate until completely smooth and cooled down to 29°C (84°F).
14. Use a fork to dip the marshmallow biscuits into the melted chocolate, making sure the entire surface is covered. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then place on a tray lined with baking paper or acetate.
15. Cover one side of the Wag-Annas with shredded coconut and transfer to the refrigerator to set.
The shelf life of the Wag-Annas, once dipped into chocolate, is about one day before the chocolate starts cracking and the biscuit starts to soften: you really need to be eating it with a crunch.