Recipe courtesy of James Aptakin
Total:
4 hr 15 min
Active:
1 hr
Yield:
100 servings
Level:
Advanced

Ingredients

Cuban Coffee Flan
Butter Cookie Crust:
Chocolate Decadence:
Garnishes:
Chocolate Ganache:
Whipped Cream:
Macadamia and Walnut Pralines:

Directions

For the Cuban Coffee Flan:

Place sugar in large saute pan on medium-high heat stirring for 8 minutes until caramel is dark. Incorporate all ingredients together in a mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Strain through a fine strainer, place in pan with caramel. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in a water bath on medium heat for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Place in cooler to cool down for about 1 1/2 hours. Scoop out 1-ounce portions for serving, and wrap for transport.

For the Butter Cookie Crust:

Place parchment paper on a sheet pan. In mixer bowl combine the cake mix and butter together on high for 1 minute. Pour into the sheet pan, and bake according to box directions. Place in cooler. Cut 100 (2-inch) rounds and wrap for transport.

For the Chocolate Decadence:

Place powdered sugar and cream cheese in a mixer for 3 minutes until whipped and creamy. Add whole eggs and melted butter and whip for another minute. Then add melted chocolate and vanilla extract and mix for another minute, place in a 2-inch deep pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray and bake in a preheated 300 degree F oven for about 30 minutes. Place in cooler to cool down. Place in pastry bag and prepare for transport.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

In a mixing bowl combine chocolate and heavy cream until it's of ribbon consistency. Place in pastry bag and prepare for transport

For the Whipped Cream:

In a cold stainless steel mixing bowl add heavy cream and mix until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix on high for 1 minute until stiff peaks form. Place in piping bag and prepare for transport.

For the Macadamia and Walnut Pralines:

In a large skillet on high heat, place white sugar and brown sugar cook on high approximately 6 minutes until golden brown. Add butter, banana liqueur and brandy. Add heavy cream, macadamia nuts and walnuts and reduce for about 4 minutes or until a dark brown caramel color has formed. Continue stirring and keep a good eye on it. Place on sheet pan lined with parchment paper to cool. Wrap for transport.

Assembling Dessert:

Place butter cookie crusts on sheet pan, pipe ganache on bottom layer, followed by 1-ounce scoop of flan, pipe 1-ounce chocolate decadence onto flan. Add 1-ounce scoop of praline, top with whipped cream and garnish with 1/2 raspberry and edible orchid leaf.

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.

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