Food Network Star Episode 7: Meet the Press-ure!
The pressure was on when we had to cook a signature dish that would tell the judges who we are in one bite. The additional pressure was the mentors were not going to be on set AND we would be presenting the dish to the press... on camera. My original idea was... what is a party without cake and ice cream? Since we were going to the Food Network kitchens for the first time, I just knew there would be an ice cream spinner that I could use to make some gorgeous vanilla bean ice cream to go with my individual mini Chocolate Souffle cakes. Alas... there was no ice cream machine and I also found that the cups they secured for me could not go in the oven. PLAN B! With the clock ticking, I had to change my recipe to a recipe using the same ingredients, Chocolate Roulage. On top of that, my oven would NOT heat up and I was down to the wire plating my dish! Ugggh!! Luckily, Justin helped me garnish and it all turned out. Everyone always loves this dessert. Back home in Birmingham, Alabama, Cobb Lane restaurant was known for their Chocolate Roulage... we'd go there for special occasions like bridesmaid luncheons and wedding showers. When they closed, I learned to make Chocolate Roulage and have been making it for Christmas Eve and important family events ever since.
For the show, I make this with a little cayenne and added bourbon to the cream as a nod to my Southern roots. However, I leave these out when making it for the family.
Chocolate Roulage with Bourbon Cream
Softened unsalted butter, for greasing baking sheet
5 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon espresso or strong, black coffee
5 egg whites
1cup cocoa powder
2 cups heavy cream
3 teaspoons Confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean pod (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
Lightly butter a rimmed jelly roll/or baking sheet and line with parchment paper and lightly butter the top of the paper as well, especially the corners.
Fit a stand mixer with whisk attachment, beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium speed until fluffy and the sugar is not gritty, about 10-12 minutes. While the eggs are beating, put chocolate in a bowl and melt over a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, remove from heat, let it cool a bit. Sit the bowl in some cool water for a few minutes, if necessary. Incorporate the egg mixture into chocolate by adding a little at a time to temper the mixture, so you don't cook the eggs. Add vanilla and espresso.
In a clean bowl, and with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Incorporate 1/4 of egg whites into the chocolate mixture; make sure no white streaks remain. Carefully fold in the remaining whites into the chocolate, taking care not to deflate the whites but making sure not to have any white streaks in the batter.
Spread batter in the prepared pan bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to 300 degrees and cook for another 5 mintues. Remove from the oven. Spread a dampened tea towel or several dampened paper towels over the top of the cake and let it sit for 30 minutes.
In a clean bowl, with whisk attachment, whip the cream, Confectioners’ sugar, bourbon, vanilla bean and vanilla on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Carefully turn the cake out onto clean parchment paper making sure to have 4-5 inches of excess paper at the end to help you roll the cake. Using a fine sieve or sifter, sprinkle ½ cup cocoa powder over the top of the cake. Spread the whipped cream mixture over the top, leaving ¼ inch on each side. Using the edge of the parchment paper, carefully roll the cake creating a jellyroll effect, tuck and roll as you go, peeling back the paper along the way. Put the rolled cake seam side down and dust the whole cake with the remaining cocoa.
Chill 2 hours before serving. You might even put the cake in the freezer for an hour before serving so that it is easy to slice. To serve, slice cake with a serrated knife and place on chilled plates. Garnish with a light dusting of cocoa powder and fresh berries.
Yield: 1 roulage, about 6-8 slices depending on the thickness