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Chocolate and apples - do they go together?


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#1 piracer

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

So i know chocolate covered apples are quite common but i mean, really, anything covered in chocolate seems to be acceptable these days.

Anyway, i was thinking of what to pair with a flourless chocolate cake (one that's meringue based). The obvious choice was vanilla ice cream or something creamy, but as the cake is relatively rich (1:1 chocolate and butter, plus egg yolks etc), i was thinking a tart green apple sorbet (vanilla beans optional).

Would the sorbet cut through the richness and the contrast between bitter-sweet and tart be fine or would the entire pairing be too much? I'm planning to use something like a 60% or greater chocolate and the green apples would be granny smith with some lemon juice.

thoughts?

#2 jmacnaughtan

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:01 AM

Sour apples seem to me to work much better with white chocolate. Especially with dark chocolate, the acidity and aroma seem to clash. If you're set on using apples, maybe something in the tarte tatin style would work better- toning down the acidity and adding a bitter caramel note could be good with a chocolate cake.

#3 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:49 AM

http://www.masterche...mousse-cake.htm

I've seen the combination done before. With that, actually. Might be a starting point.

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#4 jmacnaughtan

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

http://www.masterche...mousse-cake.htm

I've seen the combination done before. With that, actually. Might be a starting point.


That's horrendous. I thought the V8 was extreme...

#5 ChrisTaylor

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 02:59 PM


http://www.masterche...mousse-cake.htm

I've seen the combination done before. With that, actually. Might be a starting point.


That's horrendous. I thought the V8 was extreme...


Hey, when I was last up in Sydney there was a massive queue outside of one of Adriano Zumbo's shops. And this was late afternoon on a regular weekday when there was only a small range of products (mostly terrible ones and crunched up macarons) left. So I guess his pornographic approach to pastry tickles some fancies.

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#6 Emily_R

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:20 PM

I personally wouldn't want to eat green apple sorbet with flourless chocolate cake. A blood orange sorbet, or fig sorbet yes, but apple no.

#7 Kerry Beal

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

I think chocolate and apples go together just fine - as long as there is caramel between them!