Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Raspberry and Pistachio Divin

divin, adjectif Féminin
Sens 1 Qui appartient à Dieu ou à une divinité.
(Meaning: referring to God or something holy).

Well, they got that right!

This has been my most challenging Ladurée effort to put together so far. With my hands up, I'll admit it – this was my second attempt! The first time, nothing worked. This time, it all fell into place!

I began by making the mousseline cream, a thickened custard which would eventually sandwich this confection together. This needed to chill overnight to become the right consistency to work with – one of the contributory factors to the last disaster!

The recipe called for nougat cream, but you can't find any for love nor money in the supermarkets, and with the cheapest on offer being £5.99 for a jar of 250g, I decided to experiment and find an alternative. What's delicious and goes with raspberries?

No, it's not a bad joke. It's a GREAT joke. It's pistachios!

I whizzed up some pistachios in my blender with a few teaspoons of water, and added them into the custard, then chilled overnight.

The next morning, I made the two almond sponges to form the 'sandwich' of the cake. They're made using ground almonds and a meringue base.

A word to the wise – if you're lucky enough to own a KitchenAid, or any other stand mixer for that matter, be VERY careful making meringues in them – it's so, so easy to overwhip them. I don't do it any more. A hand-held whisk is the way forward here!

Pipe the mixture into two 9-inch discs, and bake.

Cool on wire racks.

Now for the jellied raspberry coulis filling. Soak the gelatin in cold water.

Blend raspberries and sugar and push through a sieve. Use a couple of tablespoons of water to rinse any remaining juice through.

Gently heat about a quarter of the raspberries in a saucepan and dissolve the soaked gelatin. Pour into a dish to cool. The bigger the dish, the quicker it will cool!. Don't cool for more than 30 minutes though!

Now for the assemblage.
Turn one of the discs upside down and pipe the mousseline, again in a spiral formation, over the top, leaving about a 2cm gap around the edge. Smooth with a palette knife. Stud this with raspberries and press them down.

Now pipe another ring of mousseline around the edge of the first layer to form a bowl, and pour in the jellied coulis. Pop this in the freezer for about 20 mins.

Stud the edge with raspberries and place the other disk on top. Et voilà!

What I changed: I used blended pistachios instead of nougat cream. Nom! The texture wasn't completely smooth, but it added a certain bite. The recipe also calls for nougat pieces to be put into the mousseline, but I didn't feel that clicked with the texture of the pistachios.

I completely forgot to take a decent photo of a cross-section of the Divin, so here is a photo, taken mid dessert, on my Blackberry.

Blackberry: great phones – crappy cameras.

Another post soon, I promise – apologies for the delays, but I've got nursing placement at the moment – it's a killer!

Steph xx

**Disclaimer - I'm sorry that I won't be posting the full recipes, but as it's my aim to cook through all the recipes of the book, I don't want to end up getting sued! On the occasions when I'm making my own recipes, or when they're from sources other than the Ladurée book, they will be posted!**


  1. Mmm-hmmmmm!!! The finished product looks fresh, great and deceptively simple. Also a very challenging recipe which is what you need these days - well done!!!

  2. what is nougat cream? I am trying to find it but don't even know where to start!
    great blog BTW!