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ingredients (makes one 6″/15cm square entremet) :

for the spiced macerated strawberries :

30ml water

30ml sugar

1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped

1 star anise

8 strawberries

for the biscuit amandes sponge :

30g egg

21g powdered sugar

25g ground almonds

41g egg whites

20g caster sugar

18g cake flour

for the vanilla white choc mousse :

40g egg yolk

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

283ml whipping cream

183g white choc couverture, melted

5g sheet gelatin

for the strawberry soaking syrup :

30ml leftover syrup from macerated strawberries

55ml strawberry puree

10ml kirsch

for the decor :

macerated strawberries

mint leaves

vanilla pod

star anise

nappage neutre glaze (mix with 2 tsps leftover soaking syrup if any)

directions :

1. to make the macerated strawberries, cut each strawberry breadthwise into 3 slices. boil together water, sugar, vanilla bean & anise until sugar has dissolved. leave to cool then add in strawberries. toss to coat and leave to macerate for 2-3 hours. remove strawberries and reserve syrup.

2. to make the biscuit amandes, whisk together egg, powdered sugar & ground almonds in a bowl. make meringue with egg whites & caster sugar, fold into the above then fold in cake flour. pour mixture into 7″ square tin and bake on 230C/446F for 5-6 mins or until golden.

3. to make the vanilla white choc mousse, whisk together egg yolk and vanilla bean until thick and pale. heat 113ml whipping cream until boiling then pour in bit by bit into the egg yolk. add in softened gelatin sheet then fold in melted choc. whisk the rest of the whipping cream until stiff peaks then fold into the above.

4. to make the strawberry soaking syrup, mix together syrup, puree and kirsch in a bowl.

5. to assemble, cut sponge into 6″ square and place it into the bottom of the mousse ring. soak sponge with syrup and pour white choc mousse over. freeze until firm then glaze with nappage neutre and decorate with macerated strawberries, mint leaves, vanilla pod and star anise.

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Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Makes one 7 or 8-inch layered cake

For Noriko’s sponge cake:
4 large eggs, white and yolks separated
4.2 ounces (120 grams, 9.5 tablespoons) granulated sugar, sifted once
3 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4.2 ounces (120 grams, 14 tablespoons) cake flour, sifted 3 times
1.2 ounces (22 grams, 2.3 tablespoons) butter, melted

For the stabilized whipped cream frosting:
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
4 teaspoons cold water
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the simple syrup:

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water

8 – 10 ounces fresh strawberries

To make Noriko’s Sponge Cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (170 to 180 degrees Celsius).  Line a 7 (18cm) or 8-inch circular cake pan with parchment paper, or grease the cake pan with butter, then lightly coat the pan with flour.

2. Add the sugar to the egg whites, and beat the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy.

3. Add the egg yolks to the egg white mixture, and gently whisk until the yolks are incorporated.

4. Add the milk, vanilla extract, and flour (in that order) to the batter and gently fold them into the batter with a spatula.  Fold in the melted butter until it is well combined.

5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan, and get rid of any air bubbles in the batter by dropping the pan on a counter once or twice.  Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes.  The cake is done when it is golden brown and springs back when pressed lightly.  Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack. Run a blade around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, and remove.

To make the Stabilized Whipped Cream Frosting:

1. Put the cold water in a small saucepan.  Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the water and let stand for 5 minutes (do not stir).  Place the saucepan over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon just until the gelatin dissolves.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool to room temperature.

2.In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla and beat until slightly thickened.  Then, while beating slowly, gradually pour the gelatin into the whipped cream mixture.  Then whip the mixture at high speed until stiff.

To make the Simple Syrup:

1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water.  Bring the water to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

To assemble the cake:

1. Reserve 6 to 1o strawberries for decorating the cake.  Slice the remaining strawberries into thin slices (about 4 slices per strawberry).

2. Slice the sponge cake horizontally into 2 layers.

3. Place one sponge layer cut-side up on a cake board or serving plate and lightly crush the surface with the simple syrup.  Spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the cake layer and arrange the strawberry slices over the surface.  Spread an additional layer of whipped cream over the strawberries.  Brush the cut-side of the second layer with the simple syrup and place it over the first layer.  Frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining whipped cream.  Decorate as desired and garnish with the reserved strawberries.