Raspberry Mousse and Salted Caramel Shortcake. MiNDFOOD asked pastry chef Andrew Bowden from Sydney’s Hartsyard Restaurant & Bar to whip us up something extraordinary. Success!
Serves 12 or more
For a smaller version of this cake, simply halve the ingredients and bake only two shortcake rounds.
21 gelatine sleeves (titanium
strength) or 84g powdered
200ml natural yoghurt
1 vanilla pod, de-seeded
2 litres raspberry purée
840g plain flour
400g caster sugar
300g brown sugar
3 tbsp salt
6 tsp baking powder
480g cold butter
1 tbsp salt
Soft Raspberry Meringue
200g egg whites
320g caster sugar
2 tbsp freeze-dried raspberry
fresh raspberries freeze-dried raspberries
shortbread cookie crumbs
To make mousse: Soften gelatine in cold water. Meanwhile, whip cream, yoghurt, sugar and vanilla seeds together. Melt softened gelatine in microwave in 10 second intervals, until fully melted. Add to raspberry purée. Fold cream mixture through raspberry purée and refrigerate.
To make shortcake: Preheat oven to 170°C. Line 3 x 24cm cake tins with baking paper. Whisk eggs. Add cream and whisk to combine. Refrigerate.
Place flour, sugars, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl with paddle attachment. Combine ingredients. Add cold butter and lard. Mix gently to form rough crumbs.
Gently add cream mixture and mix until just combined. Distribute evenly among cake tins and bake for roughly 30 minutes or until golden and firm to touch. Let cool.
To make caramel drizzle: Combine cream and butter in a pot and gently melt, remove from heat. Place sugar and glucose in a pot. Once sugar turns a golden colour remove from heat. Slowly add cream mixture, stirring vigorously so as not to split the caramel, but be aware of steam. Allow to cool.
To make salted caramel: As above, but stir in salt at the end. Refrigerate and reserve for assembly.
To make raspberry meringue: Whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add sugar and whisk until glossy.
Add raspberry powder. This must be made just prior to assembly.
To assemble: Line a 24cm ring with acetate*. Lay one layer of shortcake on the bottom (don’t worry if it crumbles, simply press together with fingers). Scatter with fresh raspberries and meringue shards. Cover with mousse and salted caramel, then place a layer of shortcake on top.
Repeat as above, adding honeycomb shards. Add final piece of shortcake and finish with the mousse. Level, refrigerate until set (3-4 hours).
Remove from cake tin and peel off acetate. To decorate, have caramel drizzle at room temperature. Drip caramel down sides, then spread across the top until covered; wipe off excess as decorations will slide off if there is too much.
Decorate as you wish with soft raspberry meringue, fresh and freeze-dried raspberries, honeycomb, meringue shards, edible flowers and cookie crumbs.