Nielsen-Massey are encouraging bakers to go on a personal journey to ‘discover what really great flavour tastes like’ by experimenting with their vast range of extracts, pods and bean paste and not wanting to miss out on a great baking opportunity that is exactly what I did.
So what to bake? I really wanted to embrace this baking challenge head on and break away from the traditional everyday recipes, which took a bit of thinking outside the box, before I reached the idea for our ‘backwards breakfast’. This recipe has a fun ‘Alice in Wonderland’-esq feel to it, as everything is not always as it seems.
With the help of Nielsen-Massey products I filled a delicious chocolate egg with a smooth and creamy white chocolate and vanilla bean mousse and orange blossom curd yolk. Obviously, you can’t have dippy eggs without soldiers, so I accompanied this egg with soft and buttery, lemon extract shortbread fingers, perfectly complimented when dipped in the orange blossom curd.
This was served alongside a cup of coffee latte and vanilla bean mousse topped with an indulgent swirl of vanilla bean cream.
The quality of the Nielsen-Massey extracts and bean pastes really shone through in these recipes and one of the many benefits is that due to the superiority of the flavour you only need to use a very small amount to achieve wonderful results.
I loved using the vanilla bean paste for the white chocolate and vanilla bean mousse as the syrup consistency didn’t thin out the mousse and the flecks of the vanilla bean gave a beautiful visual effect too.
The orange blossom extract gave a wonderful delicate flavour to our curd (egg yolk) which did not overpower the flavour of the white chocolate mousse, as some orange essences sometimes do. The orange blossom curd would act as a great gift too for friends and family and is really versatile being used to fill layer cakes and even doughnuts. See recipe
Individually each of these recipes were simple to make however, using the Nielsen-Massey extracts was definitely my secret weapon in the kitchen turning my baking into show-stopper quality. It was so good, I was even tempted not to reveal our secret ingredient when asked and take all of the credit myself!
This recipe is a great idea to try for an afternoon tea with friends or family over the Easter period, so why not, like I did, join Nielsen-Massey to ‘discover what really great flavour tastes like. See recipe