Thursday, 29 March 2012

Chocolate Cornets - March challenge on Eggless-baking

This months Eggless Baking challenge was Chocolate Cornets. I had tried bread baking only once and the yeast let me down so bad, that the buns tasted very weird :(. From then on, I was left with no courage to try baking with yeast. For this challenge, I was very apprehensive. I had bought two different brands of yeast from the supermarket, hoping atleast one will turn out good. I had a backup plan ready.
I carefully soaked the yeast in lukewarm water and mixed it with the dough. I did not make the chocolate custard while the dough was rising. I made the cornet molds from thick magazine paper coated with a layer of aluminum foil. Once I had ensured that the dough had risen and I could make balls to allow for a second rise, I made the cornets shape and then while they were rising for the second time, I made the custard.


I was so nervous by this time, that while making the custard, my little one was meddling with the sugar and sprinkled some over the kitchen top. I got jittery and took the sugar bowl away from her. I made a mental note to add sugar to the flour mix of the custard later. And if you have already guessed, I forgot to add sugar. So lo and behold! I made chocolate custard without any sugar :(. To add to that, I had used bitter dark chocolate in the custard. So on the whole, the custard tasted bitter. But since the cornets turned out well, I was very satisfied, despite this mishap :). The cornets got over in no time. My little girl took the custard apart and ate the plain cornets!.

So here goes the recipe.


 Original Recipe - Ingredients:
Brea Dough:

150g Bread Flour (5.29 oz) = 1.2 cups of bread flour
1 tbsp (Raw) Sugar
½ tsp Salt
½ tbsp Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder
1 tsp Instant Dry Yeast
1 tbsp Lukewarm Water
70ml Water (2.37 fl oz)
1 tbsp Beaten Egg
15g Butter (0.53 oz) = 1.5 tbsp 

Chocolate Custard:
2 Egg Yolks 
2½ tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Cake Flour
1 tbsp Corn Starch
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
200ml Milk (6.76 fl oz)
10g Unsalted Butter (0.35 oz) = 1 tbsp
30g Chocolate (1.06 oz)

Bread Flour for dusting
1 tbsp Beaten Egg for glazing

Molds:
6 Cream Horn Molds (30x135mm/1.2x5.3 inch)
Or
Handmade Horn Molds:
6 sheets of Kraft Paper (125x125mm/4.9x4.9 inch)
6 sheets of Aluminum Foil (125×150mm/4.9x5.9 inch)

Egg Substitutions:
Bread Dough:

150g Bread Flour (5.29 oz) = 1.2 cups of bread flour (I used APF)
1 tbsp (Raw) Sugar
½ tsp Salt
½ tbsp Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder
1 tsp Instant Dry Yeast
1 tbsp Lukewarm Water
70ml Water (2.37 fl oz)
1 tbsp Oil <---- Substitute oil of the beaten egg
15g Butter (0.53 oz) = 1.5 tbsp

1. Pour the hot water (100 degrees F) into a glass. Add the dry yeast and 1/4 teaspoon sugar and mix them. Rest for 15 minutes.

2. Put the bread flour, salt,  sugar and mix well to combine. Add the yeast water and oil.

3. Using a dough hook with the hand-mixer or with a food processor, start making the dough for 30 seconds. 

4. Add the butter and continue kneading until the dough is silky smooth.

5. Put the dough in a container coated with a oil thinly. Turn the ball of dough over, so the top layer is coated with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour in a warm place. 

6. The dough will double in size. Poke a hole in the dough. If the hole closes quickly the dough can rise some more. If the hole remains in place, then the dough has risen enough. ake the dough out of the bowl. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand
7. With a knife, divide the dough into 8 pieces.

8. Shape the dough into smooth balls.
9. Keep covered in a damp kitchen towel.

10. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand. Roll up the dough and extend the dough into 20cm with your hands. Thin the strip on one side.

11. Coil the dough around the cornet case coated with butter. Place the dough with point under on a parchment paper

12. Put the dough on a parchment paper. After about 40 minutes, the dough will become roughly 1.5 times.    
13. Coat the surface with a milk/cream. 

14. Bake the dough at 190 degrees for 9 or 10 minutes. 

15. Let the cornets cool for 3-4 minutes and remove them from the cornet cases.

16. Stuff the chocolate custard cream into the breads.

Between steps 5 and 6, you can make the chocolate custard.

Chocolate Custard:
4 tbsp Cream   < ---substitute the 2 egg yolks with heavy cream
2½ tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Cake Flour
1 tbsp Corn Starch
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
200ml Milk (6.76 fl oz)
10g Unsalted Butter (0.35 oz) = 1 tbsp
30g Chocolate (1.06 oz)


Method:
In a small bowl, mix the cake four, corn start, cocoa powder and sugar. Add a little milk and make a thin paste. 
In a saucepan, heat the milk and cream. Slowly add the flour paste and keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
Once the mixture is thick, take the saucepan off the stove. While the custard is still hot, add the butter and chocolate. Stir them in and mix well. Transfer to another bowl.
Cover with a plastic wrap and let that bowl rest over ice cubes.

Assembling the cornets:
Fill the custard in a piping bag or a plastic cover, with the end cut in a small hole.
Pipe the custard deep into the cornet and fill up to the brim.                                                                   


Verdict: This is one delicious snack. I would love to have one in the evening and skip a roti at dinner time :). This goes to yeast spotting too.
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9 comments:

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Never mind the chocolate custard but the cornets seem to have come out well! Good work!!

Gayathri Kumar said...

Wow! Th cornets have come out so nice. Great job on the challenge, Priya!

Priya Kumar said...

Thanks you Harini and Gayathri! Glad we made this for this month's challenge. It was a good experience!

PriyaVaasu said...

With Kids around, we tend to forget, But never mind,cornets looks wonderful!!!

Priya Kumar said...

Thank you, Priya :)

maha said...

um yum, wat a super tempting cornets,
makes me hungry..
maha

Jayasri Ravi said...

Lovely yummy coronets, kids just love them.., even H liked it..., beautiful clicks too

Anonymous said...

Why Coronets posted in eggless category

Priya Kumar said...

Because the final recipe has substitution for the eggs in the original recipe.