Quay’s chocolate and nut petit fours

{The best ever chocolate truffles. Almost}

Chocolate and macadamiapetit fours

We were sitting at Chikalicious dessert bar in NYC and chat about sweets, Per Se, Momofuku and chocolate truffles.

I travelled to Belgium and sampled their truffles, in search for the best one“, said Chika, the owner of that lovely dessert bar. As we spoke, she continued plating our desserts with the sweetest smile and grace – the famous chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice-cream, the warm apple soup with biscuits and buttermilk sorbet. And of course, a plate of petit fours with the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles.

We had it better here [NYC]. Better.”

If you have tasted Chika´s sweets, you will believe her. I´ll be over the moon if she publishes her recipes. One day.

Back to my home in Melbourne, I went through a month of no chocolate and not too much sweets after the said NYC trip. After a short while, I start craving for chocolate again. Something chocolaty, smooth and creamy. And when I saw the Peter Gilmore (of Quay´s fame)´s chocolate and hazelnut petit fours recipe, I knew it was the one to try. In fact, I bought that particular edition of Master Chef magazine just for that one recipe.

The formula is elegantly creative – caramelized nuts + white chocolate crumbs + chocolate garnache. It is the combination that will always work, and it tastes delicious. I cannot praise the white chocolate crumbs enough – an interesting way of adding milky richness to the petit fours. Finally, the chocolate truffles which will please fans of both white and normal chocolate.

I admit my petit fours look far from prettiness. The white chocolate crumbs, I think I chose the wrong product for it (mine was a very rich chocolate with smooth center bar from Lindt). More solid chocolate perhaps will yield drier looking crumbs.

 Before reading the long recipe, I gotta say that this post is prepared for `Bake A Difference fund-raising´event, hosted by Penny from Jeroxie. Come, take a look and join us!

You can wrap the truffles individually and place in a small box for gifts! i found the pattern of this cute cloud box here, and it’s extremely easy to make. So cute, too :)

The cloud that brings you chocolate

Chocolate and macadamia petit fours

Adapted from Peter Gilmore (Quay´s restaurant) recipe

Printable recipe page 

Chocolate garnache:
300g milk chocolate, finely chopped
125ml pouring cream
30g unsalted butter, finely chopped
Caramelised nuts
70g castor sugar
1 tbp pouring cream
60g roasted and peeled macademia (or nuts of your choice)
White chocolate crumbs
100g white chocolate, finely chopped
100g coconut palm sugar

The day before
Making the chocolate garnache: Place milk chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Heat cream until almost boil and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Gradually add in the butter until the mixture is glossy and smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Making the caramelized nuts:
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place sugar in a small saucepan with 1 tbp water over medium heat. Swirl until the sugar is dissolved, simmer until you have a nice caramel color.
Stir in the cream (be careful the mixture will split). Remove the pan from the heat. Add in the nuts and coat them well with the caramel mixture. Place the nuts onto the baking tray and let them cool slightly. Use a fork and your hands to separate the nuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Making the chocolate crumbs
Preheat oven to 170C. Place the white chocolate onto a lined baking tray. Bake for 12 mins or until golden. Cool until the chocolate is firm up, break them to pieces.
Add in the sugar and process the mixture in a food processor. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Assembling the petit fours
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a teaspoon, scoop a healed teaspoon and mould to a small ball. Insert the caramelized nut and place on the tray. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
Place the chocolate crumbs in a bowl. Smooth the chocolate balls with your hands, and coat them with the crumbs. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firmed up. Serve chilled.

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34 Responses to Quay’s chocolate and nut petit fours

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    Ooh I can just imagine how delicious these would be to eat!

  2. Christine@Christine's Recipes says:

    Look at your tasty treats in those lovely wrapping! That's an "AW" in my heart echoing. Did you hear it? Should be a gorgeous gift for this festive season!

  3. Hannah says:

    My head hurt when I read that you went a month without chocolate! Heavens, that would be unbearable for me 😉 I agree with Chika – I wasn't much impressed with Belgium's truffles either. And America has got some amazing artisan chocolate-makers these days.

  4. Jo says:

    Looks gorgeous and I love the presentation.

  5. Melissa says:

    Oh YUM!! Those petit fours look beautiful & I'm completely honored that you would choose to package them with my little boxes!!

  6. Trissa says:

    This is a fantastic recipe. No wonder you bought the magazine just for this recipe. It would make a great gift to give for Christmas.

  7. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Marvelous! A wonderful treat.

  8. penny aka jeroxie says:

    White chocolate crumble? nom NOM!! Thanks lovely for joining and supporting. Much appreciated :)

  9. Sheena says:

    These sound so good, and I love the packaging!

  10. Jamie says:

    I love edible gifts at the holidays – getting them and (mostly) offering them and these are perfect! Delicious, chocolate and beautiful! And I do love the cloud box! Mmmm.

  11. shaz says:

    You're so crafty Anh! That cloud box is gorgeous. And the white choc crumbs do sound enticing (I'm not really a fan of eating white choc "neat" but I use it to bake with). Great edible gift idea, thanks!

  12. Michelle Chin says:

    How can you survive a month without chocolate?!

  13. My Little Expat Kitchen says:

    These look so pretty. I love this kind of sweet bites! Perfect for a holiday gift!

  14. Angie's Recipes says:

    These look simply beautiful and perfectly perfect as X'mas gift!

  15. Gosia says:

    Beautiful blog. Regards

  16. Faith says:

    These look really marvelous, Anh, and the little cloud box is adorable! The warm apple soup with biscuits and buttermilk sorbet that you mention in the first paragraph sounds fantastic too!

  17. meltingbutter.com says:

    I think yours look great :) Just found your blog via Tasteologie… we have so much in Common! I am Vietnamese, lived in Melbourne, love NYC, now an expat in Amsterdam and have a food blog! Funny… :))

  18. Little Corner of Mine says:

    I love your lovely gift box!

  19. Credit Union says:

    I love these edible goodies. Looking forward to baking up a batch in about 3 weeks!

  20. tigerfish says:

    The new Fantastic Four? To me, it is. 😀

  21. Soma says:

    What a marvelous treat. I am not too fond of white chocolate. I think I would love them better with more dark chocolate. Just the sound of the desserts at Chika's is making me want to go there :-)

  22. FFichiban says:

    Those petit fours look stunning! and love those boxes hee hee mmmm chocolate clouds

  23. babyskiffie says:

    OMG… fantastic recipe and breathtaking packaging.

  24. Monet says:

    I also love giving and receiving edible gifts during the holiday season. I know I would be tickled pink to receive a box of these petite creations! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a peace-filled day.

  25. OohLookBel says:

    Ooh, that cloud box is gorgeous, and your petit fours look very cute in it.

  26. Sanjeeta kk says:

    It does look the best ever truffles. Cute and lovely, hope it tasted awesome too.

  27. Sean Grey Hanson says:

    Gorgeous cookies. It's a good start for this Christmas season.

  28. Deeba PAB says:

    Love them Ahn, love them so…and the crafty box too! Will have to check the link, and the link to Jeroxie's fund raiser! What a great idea…I would have bought the mag too! Pretty pictures…so festive!

  29. Food For Tots says:

    This is a "melt-in-the-heart" gift any girl will dream of. The cloud box is such a perfect match for the truffles. 😉

  30. Zara says:

    Oh, your petit fours look amazing and putting them into such a charming package make a heart-melting gift! Thank you for the link :)

  31. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:

    I love gift wrapping, cute boxes, ribbons and the like – your gift box is adorable! Definitely checking out the link – and the contents too of course!

  32. Kris Ngoei says:

    Anh, these pictures are worth the cover of a cookbook. Just adore your photo composition and how you always manage to pick the prettiest background :-)

  33. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen says:

    No Ahn! I LOVE your photosss :) and such a cute box! I love anything chocolate. So this totally impresses me!

  34. Agnes says:

    Thanks for the link to the cloud box – it's so cute! Your petit fours look delicious too. :)

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