New Years Planning

Only two days to go until New Year’s Eve!  I’m planning to host a molecular cocktail party and some of my best friends will be there so it needs to be epic.

Today is basically my last chance to buy anything that’s missing and I guess in order to figure that out I’ll need to make a definitive list of what I’m planning to make.  I had a molecular gastronomy dinner party back in January last year.  It was something of a qualified success since some of the recipes should have been started the day before, and I’d like to avoid that this time around.

The ‘must make’ items are:

 

I’d also really like to try:

I’m going to need to buy some ingredients since I don’t think I have quite everything; I also need a spherical mould for the frozen spherification but I think the silicone cake pop moulds they sell in Decobake should do the trick, and I can also pick up some more isomalt for the sugar blowing if I take a trip out there.

This is everything I’ll need:

Frozen Chocolate Wind

  • 2 grams soy lecithin
  • 85 grams dark chocolate
  • 1 cup water

Aperol Gel Cocktails

Aperol Cocktail Base Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 oz) Aperol liquor
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) Laphroaig Scotch Whisky
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) honey syrup made by bringing to boil ½ water, ½ honey
  • 1 rosemary sprig

Cocktail Gel Ingredients

  • 4/3 cups (315 cm3/ 10.7 oz) cocktail base
  • 2/3 cups (158 cm3 / 5.3 oz) water
  • 8 Platinum gelatin sheets

Other ingredients

  • 10 square ultra-thin edible films, cut in half (or round edible film)
  • 1 slice dehydrated orange cut into small bits
  • 20 small lemon balm leaves

Equipment

  • iSi Whip
  • Standard loaf pan (9″ x 5″ x 3″ / 2lb pan)
  • Spray bottle

Carbonated Mojito Spheres Ingredients

  • 12 mint leaves
  • 170 g (6 oz) white rum
  • 170 g (6 oz) lime juice
  • 128 g (4 ½ oz) water
  • 6 tbsp white sugar
  • lime zest
  • small mint leaves to decorate
  • 4.7 g Calcium Lactate Gluconate
  • 0.8 g Xanthan

Alginate Bath

  • 1000 g (35 oz) of filtered or low calcium water
  • 5 g sodium alginate

Carrot Orange Mango Juice Spheres

Carrot Orange Mango Juice

  • 300 ml (10 oz) carrot juice (about 1 1/2 pounds of carrots)
  • 150 ml (5 oz) orange juice (about three oranges)
  • 50 ml (1.7 oz) mango juice (about half mango)
  • sugar to taste

Spheres

  • 250g (8.8 oz) carrot orange mango juice
  • 5g calcium lactate gluconate (2%)
  • Extra juice to store the spheres if you are not planning to consume them within a few hours.

Spherification Bath

  • 1000 g (35 oz) distilled water
  • 5 g sodium alginate (0.5%)

Tools

  • Silicone hemisphere mold
  • Blender

Pisco Sour Marshmallows

Ingredients for Marshmallow

(for 8” x 8” cake pan, ~ 16 pieces)

  • 8 g powdered gelatin
  • 48 ml (1.6 oz) Pisco
  • 18 ml (0.6 oz) lime juice
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 40 ml (1.35 oz) cold water
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) sugar
  • 50 g (1.76 oz) light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt

Ingredients for Pisco Sour Dust

  • 250 g (8.8 oz) granulated sugar
  • 85 g (3 oz) water
  • 100 ml (3.4 oz) Pisco
  • ½ kg (1 lb) corn starch
  • ¼ tsp. powdered citric acid

Garnish

  • Lime peel twists
  • Lemon Thyme leaves with flowers
  • Lime wedges

Espresso Pasta and Chocolate Sponge Cake

Espresso Pasta

  • 500 ml espresso
  • 30 g muscovado sugar
  • 40 ml  coffee liqueur
  • 5 g gellan gum

Chocolate Sponge Cake

  • 180 g dark couverture chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 130 g powdered sugar
  • 50 g wheat flour
  • 0.5 g salt
  • Non-stick spray

Espresso Foam

  • 325 ml espresso
  • 75 g muscovado sugar
  • 2 gelatin sheets
  • 125 ml heavy cream

Equipment

  • iSi Whip Siphon 0.5 L (1 pint)
  • 2 N2O charges
  • 5 paper cups

Holly Shots

  • 1(3-ounce) box cherry gelatin dessert
  • 1(3-ounce) box lime gelatin dessert
  • 3 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1(14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla vodka
  • 36 dollops whipped cream (for garnish
  • 36 mint leaves (for garnish)
  • 72 small red candies (or 36 if using just one for garnish)

Hot Baileys Ice Cream

Ingredients for Hot Ice Cream (2 servings)

  • 80 g (2.8 oz) cold espresso coffee
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) milk
  • 70 g (2.5 oz) Baileys
  • 10 g (0.35 oz) sugar
  • 7 g (0.25 oz) methyl cellulose SGA7C (3.2%)

Ingredients for Oat Crunch

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Scheduling

These are the lead times for each recipe:

  • Frozen Chocolate Wind – no prep, start at least an hour before we want to eat it, eat immediately
  • Aperol Gels – 12 hours to dehydrate the paper, allow gels to set overnight, will keep until ready
  • Mojito Spheres – prepare baths the previous day, begin carbonating at least 2 hours before we want to eat them
  • Carrot Spheres – freeze spheres overnight, prepare bath the previous day, will keep until ready
  • Blown Sugar – no prep, will keep
  • Marshmallows – 24 hours drying time to prepare sour dust, then prepare marshmallows and let set overnight.  Will keep for up to a week.
  • Espresso pasta – 2-4 hours resting for cake mix; note this requires the whipper so can’t be done at the same time as carbonating the mojitos.  Then 1-2 hours for the foam, also in the whipper.  The recipe suggests doing the cake first then the foam.
  • Holly shots – set for 2-3 hours or overnight, will keep.

 

Based on this, it looks like I need to start the sour dust prep today and as soon as possible, then do a lot of the gelatine related things tomorrow.  Finally on Thursday I should make the cakes in the morning and the espresso foam in the afternoon before people arrive.  That will leave the following for during the party:

  • Making the chocolate wind and freezing it
  • Making the espresso pasta, serving and eating the cake
  • Making the mojito spheres and setting them to carbonate
  • Making and eating the carrot spheres
  • Making the blown glass spheres and messing around with them for a bit
  • Drinking and eating all the things

Sounds like a plan.  I’d better get shopping.

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