Chocolate burger with pear, vanilla and caramel sauce

Chocolate burger

Are you looking for something fun to eat at a party? This trompe l’oeil recipe will definitely make the trick. This chocolate burger is entirely sweet and vegetarian. You can easily make it at home through you’ll need some time in advance to prepare. The good thing is you can make part or all the different preparations the day before and just assemble on the D day.

We’ve made this recipe as a contribution to the Halifax Burger Week. Enjoy!

Ingredients :
  • 4-5 pears

For the buns

  • 500g flour
  • 25cl milk
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 60g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 55g sugar
  • 10g salt
  • 4g dry bread yeast
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon of milk
  • rolled oats

For the pastry cream

  • 1l milk
  • 200g sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 110g corn starch
  • 1 vanilla pod

For the chocolate discs

  • 450g dark chocolate
  • 225g whipping cream 35%
  • 200g cocoa nibs (or 50% almonds/50% rolled oats)

For the caramel sauce

  • 100g sugar
  • 10cl whipping cream 35%
  • 25g salted butter
The recipe:

The day before

Prepare the buns. In a cup, mix the dry yeast and 1 tablespoon of hot water. Let stand for 10 minutes. In a robot (or in a large bowl if hand made), mix the flour, salt and sugar. Pour the milk and add the egg and knead the dough until soft. The dough shouldn’t stick to the edge of the bowl anymore. Add the butter in three times. Form the dough into a ball and leave it in the bowl. Cover with wrapping paper and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours. The dough should double in size.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and pat to flatten. Cut dough into 10 equal pieces (we recommand to use a scale). Form a ball with each piece, tucking ends underneath, and place on two parchment lined baking sheets. Place in the oven (or in any place away from draught) and let stand for 30 minutes. Then remove the them from the oven. Mix the egg yolk and one tablespoon of milk. Brush it on the top of the buns. Generously sprinkle some rolled oats on top. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Cook the buns for 20 minutes. Keep in a dry place.

Prepare the chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate. Boil the whipping cream. Pour the cream on the melted chocolate and mix using a spatula. Pour on a large parchment lined baking dish. Let stand in the fridge for the night.

The D day

Prepare the pastry cream. Whisk the egg yolks with sugar until whiten. Add the sieved corn starch and mix it well. Cut a vanilla pod in two lenghtwise. In a pan, boil the milk with the gratted vanilla pods and the vanilla seeds. Gently pour the milk on the egg’s preparation in three times and whisk continuously. Pour the preparation back into the pan and cook again at low heat until it thickens. When you get the right texture, pour on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with wrapping paper. Leave to cool in the fridge.

Prepare the caramel sauce. In a pan, heat the sugar until it turns liquid and brown. Remove from heat and add the warmed whipping cream. Mix it well, then add the butter. Pour in a small container. Leave to cool in the fridge.

Finalize the chocolate discs. Grind the cocoa nibs (or the almond and rolled oat) and place in a large dish. Cut the ganache into disc. Cover the disc with cocoa nibs coating.

Prepare the pear’s sticks. Slice the pears and make thin sticks.

Assemble the burger. Cut the buns in two. Add the chocolate disc on the bun, then the pastry cream, the pear sticks and a trickle of salted caramel sauce. Cover with the bun’s top. Grasp, squeeze in your hands and devour!

chocolate disc
vanilla sauce
caramel sauce
half chocolate burger
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