"Black with white stripes or white with black stripes?"
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I have decided to wake up early to make my Jelliriffic! jellies in the morning so that I don't go into my frantic mood when the afternoon rain comes and takes away the light. The Internet was erratic last night and I had to go to Hub's office at 11 pm to upload my photos.
'Zebra' butter cake made the rounds of many food blogs last year and I just think it's such a cool cake. Zebra butter cake (which is not the same as zebra cake, which is a cake decorated with pretty pink and black stripes) is a variation of the old fashioned marble butter cake where alternate horizontal dollops of cream-colored butter cake batter and dark choc butter cake batter are arranged in the cake pan and given a stir to give a marbled effect when cut. That was then. Now someone has come out of the box and come up with alternate vertical layers of butter cake batter and choc butter cake batter which result in a Zebra print when cut. I tried it once but it didn't come out looking anything like any animal print but here's the perfect zebra butter cake for you to drool over.
We've been informed that the moulds can be steamed but can't be baked but I loathe (did I just say that? Wey would say "So old-school mom" like he did recently when I said I've lost my "mojo") to do that because I don't want to risk damaging or tarnishing those beautiful shiny babies! So what can I do instead of a butter cake to get a zebra print? Gelling mediums such as agar or konyakku are not suitable because they are runny. For the colors to not bled into the surrounding layers, the batter or liquid must be viscous. What can I make that's viscous and doesn't need to be baked or steamed?
It struck me one day as I was sending Wey to tuition. Chilled cheesecake. Yes! And so that's how this jelly came about. I wrestled between a choc-orange cheesecake and a white choc-black choc cheesecake. In the end, I used the best of both flavors: white choc and Cointreau. Can you imagine the yum?
I put in too much of the first spoonful because I was afraid that the two batters will just run into each other if they were too thin. The layers didn't come out equally thick because the dark choc mousse was thick while the white was runny. Although I didn't get the zebra stripes* in my cheesecake, I'm pretty happy that the two different colors didn't dissolve into each other. Maybe during baking, the uneven rising of the two batter and all that create the stripes in zebra butter cakes? This.was.seriously.good. Especially when served very cold. You get the message. Now order a Nick Munro mould and make a zebra cone!
p.s. the answer is black with white stripes.
Zebra Cone (makes 2 cones)
The Basic Mousse:
125 gm Philly cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 to 2 tbsb caster sugar (to taste)
1. Whisk the cheese and sugar together until fluffy.
2. Melt 50 gm white choc melts with 1 to 2 tbsp cream. Take off from heat and add 1 tbsp Cointreau. Melt 60 gm (40 to 50 gm if you don't want it too bitter) dark choc with 3 tbsp (2 tbsp if using less choc) cream. Cool. Try to make both melted choc the same viscosity by adjusting with the cream.
1/2 egg yolk
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp sugar
3. Whisk the egg in a bowl. Heat the milk and sugar, stirring until sugar is all dissolved. Remove from fire. Slowly drizzle the hot milk into the egg yolk, whisking the yolk with a small fork or whisk. Return the milk-egg mixture into the pot and heat under a gentle flame, stirring all the time, for 1 minute until the custard is steamy and hot but not boiling. Cool.
3/4 tbsp* gelatine
50 ml water
* this makes a rather firm mousse for tropical weather (and photography purposes) so if you want a softer one, reduce to 1/2 tbsp gelatine and 40 ml water.
4. Stir the gelatine and water over a gentle flame until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool. Chill in fridge until just syrupy.
5. Mix the gelatine into the custard, stirring well to blend.
6. Divide into two equal portions. Mix one portion with the melted white choc and the other with the dark melted choc. If the batter is too runny, chill it a while but do not let it be too chilled or it'll be hard to run between the layers.
7. Prepare two Nick Munro moulds (line with grease proof paper) and scoop alternate layers of batter onto the center of each previous layer. Cover and chill for at least 3 to 4 hours.