Maman Torres’ Favorite Things

May 10th is truly a celebration of the most wonderful people on earth… Moms. To show our love and gratitude we shower them with their favorite things. As Mother’s Day fastly approaches Jacques takes a moment to share his maman’s top 9 favorite gourmet goodies.


9. All the chocolate bar flavors

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8. Chocolate Covered Cheerios

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7. Chocolate Covered Ginger

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6. Orange Peels

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5. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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4. Bark

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3. Macadamia Nuts

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2. Jacques’ Assorted Bonbons

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1. Everything her son makes!

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Jacques Mother’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Angel Food Cake

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Jacques shares this classic cake that can be as simple as a cocoa-flavored low-fat dessert or as over-the-top as a beautifully decorated extravaganza complete with whipped cream, berries and chocolate decor. The choice is yours! It is a wonderful Mother’s Day dessert either way.

You will need an Angel food cake pan, which is a tube pan with a removable bottom, often with three small feet on the rim fro standing the cake upside down to cool. (In the absence of the feet, you can invert the cake on the neck of a sturdy, long neck bottle or a large metal funnel.) The pan must be absolutely squeaky clean, or the cake will fall as it bakes.


Ingredients

3/4 cup sifted cake flour

1/2 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder

13 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Jacques Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce, optional

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, whipped, optional

3 cups raspberries, optional

Chocolate (any type) shavings, optional

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Have ready an ungreased 10-inch angel food cake pan. 

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 cup of sugar and sift together three times. Set aside.

In the bowl of a standard mixer fitted with the whip, combine the egg whites and salt and beat on low speed until foamy. Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and continue to beat on low until blended. Raise the speed to medium-high and beat fro about 4 minutes, or until soft peaks form. Do not overbeat. The peaks should hold their shapes, but not be stiff.

Reduce the speed to medium, add the vanilla, and gradually sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup sugar over the egg whites, beating to incorporate. On low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, mixing until incorporated after each addition and stopping the mixture after each addition to scrape down the side and the bottom of the bowl. You just want to make sure that the flour is evenly incorporated into the batter; you dont want to deflate it by beating.

Scrape the batter into the pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to eliminate any bubbles.

Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and a cake inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and turn the pan upside down, standing it on its feet or resting it on the long neck of a heat proof bottle or a large metal funnel. Let stand for about 2 hours or until completely cool.

Turn the cake right side up, and carefully run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the pan to release the cake sides. Holding on to the tube portion, carefully lift the cake from the pan sides. Then run the knife between the tube and the cake and the bottom of the cake. Invert the cake onto a plate and tap it free. Brush off any loose crumbs with your hands.

Decorate and serve to your wonderful Mom as you please!

 

Jacques & Andre Soltner Create the Perfect Crepes!

To ensure the opening of his first, highly anticipated, savory location was a success, Jacques brought in friend and famed chef Andre Soltner to perfect the one thing on the menu he felt was not up to the Jacques Torres standard. If anyone has ever tasted a Jacques Torres chocolate treat, you know that standard is very high!

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After a little trial and error Soltner suggested browning the butter, or buerre noisette — as they say in French. The brilliant addition created a more intense flavor profile, perfecting and adding just the flavor Jacques was looking for — rounding out and completing the savory menu.


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The brand new Grand Central Savory location is now open in the concourse dinning level. Jacques is serving up quite the array of french inspired gourmet offerings, including:

25 Seasonal assorted ice cream and sorbets
Savory and sweet crepes
Signature Chocolate items
Open faced tartine sandwiches
Illy Coffee, hot chocolate, ice blended drinks

Check out Jacques newest location!

 

Jacques Easy & Delicious Chocolate Inspired Breakfast

Jacques not only knows how to make delicious gourmet desserts, but also knows a thing or two about cooking up other, slightly less important, meals of the day. And of course it features chocolate!

In an article on Oprah.com Lynn Andriani explains how Jacques makes this delicious, easy and unexpected breakfast food. She writes, “You’d expect master pastry chef Jacques Torres, who’s known as Mr. Chocolate, to eat the stuff for breakfast, but not like this. First, he fills a coffee mug with very cold water, gently cracks an egg into it and microwaves it for a minute. (He likes his poached egg runny, but you can cook the egg longer if you prefer yours more solid.) Next, he microwaves a handful of fresh spinach in a bowl covered with a plate until it’s wilted. Last, Torres lifts the poached egg out of the water with a slotted spoon, lays it over the spinach and—ahem—sprinkles cocoa nibs and a little salt on top.”

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