He lives up to all the wonderful things people have to say about Masterchef Australia‘s judge George Colombaris. He’s talented, funny, entertaining and knows all the tricks of the trade when it comes to plating up that perfect dish.
And I should be the one to know because I was one of the many viewers who participated in the Masterchef Cook-Along during last Friday night’s episode – sorry to fool ya, foodies! Last week’s episode featured a cooking segment in which viewers at home could cook along with George and the mini-masterchefs. The dish at hand? A self-saucing Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding with Candied Orange Zest and Chantilly Cream. This couldn’t be anymore ironic considering my last post was about how much I hate the orange and chocolate combination, but being a blogger of my word, I stand by it, foodies – I ate the dish sans the candied orange.
My friend and I were so excited to cook that night. The prospect of being part of an event whereby families were all cooking at the same time producing the same delicious dish made this so much more fun. That, or we just wanted to stuff our faces with chocolate. However, if I were to offer one piece of advice: if there is ever to be another national cook along in the future and you want to join in, be sure to have all your ingredients all measured up and supplies ready to go. If you miss a beat, you’re already straggling way behind.
Now to the end product. In an interview before the show, George stated “When I thought about what dish to do, I wanted to do something that everyone would enjoy, I thought we all love chocolate and what is better than a simple self-saucing pudding? The kids will love it, the adults will love it and everyone can cook it.” Too right he was. The recipe is actually very easy to follow and if done correctly, you end up with a moist fluffy pudding with gooey chocolate sauce settled at the bottom and together with the lightness of the chantilly cream, it is so scrummy.
I won’t waffle on in detail about the process of making this dish, just give it a go yourself. You will be satisfied at the end with what you can accomplish in producing what may seem is a complicated dish. As George said, anyone can do this. If you want to cook something that’s Masterchef quality, easy to make or something that’ll impress your guests, family or friends, this is the dish to make. I highly recommend it, foodies.
Below is the recipe and list of equipment:
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