Thailand is like Mother Nature’s fertile womb. Its vast countryside, northern mountainous regions and plush tropical climate means that pretty must anything grows here in abundance. When you walk through the markets of Bangkok or Chiang Mai, Thailand’s rich agricultural tradition is evident in every stall you pass. Mango and coconut are two of my absolute favorites in Thailand. With the addition of Vietnamese lime, you have a dynamic tropical combination that is irresistible. Perfectly accented by a sweet but acidic coconut lime gelée, the bright mango mousse sits on a coconut dacquoise glazed in red and orange for stunning visual impact. This pastry is refreshing, ultra-light and a living showcase of Southeast Asian flavors at their nest.

This is just one of fifty-six creations in Lickerland: Asian-Accented Desserts by Jason Licker available on www.Jasonlicker.com or on Amazon.com.

Ingredients 

Mango mousse 

300g mango puree

15g lemon juice

12.5g gelatin

60g icing sugar 

250g heavy cream

 

Coconut-lime gelee

300g coconut puree 

200g lime puree

150g simple syrup

17g gelatine

 

Macaron dacquoise

188g almond flour

93g cake flour

200g sugar

312g egg whites

250g icing sugar

 

Orange-red glaze 

70g water

150g glucose

11g gelatine

160g Valrhona Opalys 33% White Chocolate

110g Valrhona Absolu Cristal

60g sweetened condensed milk

Orange-red colouring

 

Method 

Mango mousse 

In a medium-sized saucepan, boil the puree and lemon juice. Whisk in the bloomed gelatin till it dissolves. Pour into a medium-sized bowl. Place the bowl over an ice bath to reduce the temperature of the mixture while constantly stirring. When cool, fold in the whipped cream in 3 increments until you have achieved a uniform mousse. Refer to cake construction below. 

 

Coconut-lime gelee

In a medium-sized saucepan, boil the purees, lime juice and simple syrup. Whisk in the bloomed gelatin. Pour into a medium-sized bowl, set aside to cool. When cool, pour the gelee into the mini sphere mold and freeze.When frozen, remove from the mold and reserve the gelee in the freezer. Refer to cake construction below. 

 

Macaron dacquoise

Preheat oven to 175C (347F). In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the first 3 dry ingredients (almond flour, cake flour and sugar). In a stand mixer, make a French meringue with the second amount of sugar and egg whites. Start by whipping the egg whites on medium until they are frothy, gradually add the sugar while the volume increases. Finish by placing the mixer speed on high until stiff peaks are achieved. Transfer the meringue into a medium-sized bowl. Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue in 3 increments to achieve a uniform cake batter. Bake in a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper at 175C (347F) until the top of the cake lightly browns, about 10-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool to room temperature.  Cut the cake 80% smaller then the diameter of the mould. Refer to cake construction below. 

 

Orange-red glaze

In a medium-sized saucepan, boil the water and glucose. Add the bloomed gelatin and incorporate well. Pour the hot mixture over the white chocolate and with an immersion blender or a whisk, incorporate until the mixture is emulsified well. Blend in the Absolu Cristal and sweetened condensed milk until you have achieved a uniform consistency. Add the coloring as the final ingredient and use the glaze at 35C/95F. Refer to cake construction below. 

 

Cake construction

Pipe the mango mousse in the Pavoni Planet mold half way.  Place the frozen coconut-lime gelee in the middle and fill the remainder of the mold. Freeze the mousse. Unmold and set on a glazing rack. Glaze at 35C. Remove the mousse from the rack and place is on top of the dacquoise and reserve in the refrigerator.

 

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