Excerpted from Balaboosta by Einat Admony (Artisan Books).Copyright © 2013.
Photographs by Quentin Bacon.
My first professional chef job was as a line cook at Keren, which at the time was the top restaurant in Israel. Honestly, it was the best start a chef could ask for. Many years have passed since then. But this recipe for chocolate fingers will stay with me forever.
14 ounces 72% cacao chocolate, broken into tiny pieces
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3⁄4 cup Nutella
2 cups crushed cornflakes (about 3 cups whole)
13⁄4 cups heavy cream
Fill a medium saucepan three-quarters full with water and bring to a simmer. Combine 1 ounce of the chocolate with the butter in a large bowl. Place the bowl over the saucepan and slowly melt the chocolate and butter together, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula. Remove from the heat, reserving the pan of hot water, and stir in the Nutella. Cool completely, then mix in the crushed cornflakes. Spread this mixture evenly in a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and reserve in the refrigerator until the coating is ready.
Bring the saucepan of hot water back to a simmer. Combine the remaining 13 ounces chocolate and the heavy cream in a large bowl and place it over the saucepan. Stir the mixture occasionally with a rubber spatula to combine the melting chocolate with the heavy cream. Remove from the heat and slowly pour the ganache over the crispy Nutella mixture. Place the baking pan in the refrigerator until the chocolate is completely set and firm. Cut into finger-sized rectangles and watch them disappear in minutes.
Makes about 24 pieces
Recipe: Kosher, dairy, dessert