Opéra cake is a French type of cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake (known as Joconde in French) soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. According to Larousse Gastronomique “Opéra gateau is an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee and chocolate filling and icing.” … and the French pâtisserie house Dalloyau popularised this cake.
Simplicity is the state or quality of being simple. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. Alternatively, as Herbert A. Simon suggested, something is simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it … In some uses, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity, or clarity. Simplicity may also be used in a negative connotation to denote a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed to be required.
So, there you have it. It is SIMPLE and it IMPLIES BEAUTY … the Opera Cake has been since quite a while my absolute favourite what Flavour Texture and Color is concerned. There is hardly any cake or pastry as delicate and satisfying as this particular collection of layers …
I imagined layer by layer, flavour by flavour, texture by texture to stay true to the original … Gateaux Opéra … how could I not.
I concocted this recipe on paper. I had no idea if this would work. Even less of an idea if it would taste the way I imagined …. so we set out to prepare …
Whip egg white and ad in the sugar.
Add in the eggs and just mix.Fold in the sifted mixture of icing sugar, flour and almond powder slowly.Add melted butter.
Measure 650 g for one baking tray 60X40 and cook 10 mn 190°
Peel and core the apples
Slice thin and cover ½ tray with apples
After baking sprinkle with brown sugar and caramelise
Brush with neutral glaze
Defrost frozen puree
Cook custard sauce with egg yolks and sugar.
Cool down in the mixer and emulsify with softened butter.
add in the italian meringue.
Spread onto Joconde biscuit (soaked with 500 g of syrup for 1 60x40 sheet.).
Mix warm syrup and Apple Juice and let cool before using
bring to a boil the cream and milk. After boiling add the butter.
Pour onto the chocolate and blend.cold down a bit . … Emulsify
Spread 700 g of ganache per 60x40 frame.
Warm up the apple and pear pureeadd the mixture of sugar and pectinCook 5 minutes and cast on top of silpat.
You would end up with something like that. …. and next time Peach-Passion-Fruit perhaps … ?
Do not let the casual appearance of these ladies fool you, some of them may be “junior” in their position, but they are professionals, they have fun in the kitchen, and the day ended with a large Apple Opera devoured in no-time ….
… of course, this would not have gone as well as it did without the help of thee three Pastry-Ninjas of CFF … Thanks Ladies …
Opéra cake is a French type of cake. It is made with layers of almond sponge cake (known as Jocondein French) soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze. According to Larousse Gastronomique “Opéra gateau is an elaborate almond sponge cake with a coffee and chocolate filling and icing.” … and the French pâtisserie house Dalloyau…