• Ingredients: 37
  • Serves: 32

Chocolate-dipped hazelnut shortbread wedges with hazelnuts with skins , toasted, all-purpose flour, sugar, 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled, fine-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, vegetable shortening.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups hazelnuts with skins , toasted
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsps. sugar
  • 1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 oz. fine-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening

For the cake

  • 1 cup almonds with skins
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate , broken into pcs.
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup medium-dry Sherry

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. medium-dry Sherry

For the pears

  • 1 firm-ripe Bosc pear
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

For assembly

  • large pastry bag
  • 1/2-inch plain tip
  • 1/4-inch plain tip
  • Note: a cake decorating turntable is helpful for assembling a croquembouche

For mango ravioli

To cook fish and assemble dish

  • Special equipment: a deep-fat thermometer

Espresso chocolate chunk:

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tsp. espresso powder

Very berry:

Peppermint fudge:

  • 3 tbsps. fudge sauce
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies

Directions

  1. Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. and butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. In a food processor grind fine the hazelnuts with the flour and the sugar, add the butter, and blend the mixture until it is combined well.

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  2. Step 2 Press half the dough evenly onto the bottom of each of the pans, cut through each round of dough with a small knife to score 16 wedges, and bake the shortbread in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes, or until it is pale golden.
  3. Step 3 While the shortbread is still warm, cut through the rounds again and let them cool in the pans on a rack.
  4. Step 4 Choose 2 plates slightly smaller than the pans, put a plate directly on the surface of the shortbread, and invert the shortbread carefully onto it.
  5. Step 5 In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water melt the chocolate with the shortening, stirring until the mixture is smooth, and transfer the mixture to a deep narrow cup or glass measure.

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  6. Step 6 Dip the points of the shortbread wedges into the chocolate mixture, coating them halfway and letting any excess drip off.

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  7. Step 7 Transfer the shortbread wedges as they are dipped to rack set over a sheet of wax paper and let them stand until the chocolate is set.

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Nutrition information

Calories 119 Carbohydrates 10 g (3%)
Fat 9 g (14%) Protein 2 g (4%)
Saturated Fat 4 g (19%) Sodium 1 mg (0%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Fiber 1 g (5%)
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g Cholesterol 10 mg (3%)