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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I daren't tell you ...

The cost of this Valentine Heart

Price of Gritti cooking school for two, a splendid room at the five-star Gritti...you get the idea

Here is my Valentine gift to you

White Chocolate Heart with Passion Fruit Jelly
Executive Chef  Celestino Giacomello of the Hotel Gritti Palace, Venice, Italy 

White chocolate Bavarian Cream

250 g milk
100 g egg yolks
50 g sugar
10 g fish gelatine
250 g white chocolate
600 g whipping cream

Passion Fruit Jelly

200 g passion fruit pulp
60 g sugar
2 leaves fish gelatine


100 g egg yolks
50 g sugar
100 g plain flour
100 g potato starch
meringue (150 g egg whites and 75 g sugar)

Preparation time:  50 minutes

Difficulty:  Medium

1.  Prepare the Bavarian cream.  Bring milk to the boil.  Beat egg yolks with sugar until smooth then add the milk gradually, the gelatine previously soaked in cold water and squeezed, and lastly, the white chocolate cut up into small pieces.
Once the mixture has cooled down, fold in the whipping cream.

2.  Meanwhile prepare the jelly.  Soak the gelatine in cold water and squeeze it, dissolve it in a double-boiler, add sugar and the pulp of the passion fruits.

3.  Then prepare the biscuit.  Beat egg yolks with sugar (50 g), add the sieved flour and potato starch.  Lighten the mixture by adding meringue (made with the egg whites and 75 g of sugar).  Spread this mixture in a 1/2 cm thick layer on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.  Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes.

4.  Line the bottom of a heart-shaped mould with the biscuit base.  Fill the mould to mid-height with the Bavarian cream and add a layer of passion fruit jelly.  Place the mould in the freezer for 15 minutes and then top with the remaining Bavarian cream.  Smooth the surface and leave the rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. 

Unmould to serve and decorate.

It was divine



  1. Oh, can I be YOU! It sounds divine. How incredible to go to a cooking program like that. BTW, I am the one talking to you on Etsy about the tiles for my stove top. We're still interested! Life just keeps getting in the way. I like the velcro idea as a starting point. Be in touch soon!

  2. Dear Sarah, Just being in Venice is a treat. Everytime we visit Venice, I think that it is my favorite city...the sun always shines, the buildings are spectacular and everything sparkles and glitters on the Grand Canal.
    Sent you an e-mail about your tiles.