KENZO WISHES YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Happy holidays to all of you and get ready for a year 2015 full of brightness, energy and optimism!
THE FRENCH XMAS RECIPES : #3 - CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
Last but not least, our third French Xmas recipe: chocolate truffles recipe to wow your friends and family with in your christmas dinner menu!
300g dark chocolate
20cl heavy cream
50g unsalted butter
1 egg yoke extra fresh
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Chop the chocolate and tip into a bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan over a medium heat and let it heat up gently. Remove from heat, then delicately pour over the chocolate with a spatula. The cream and butter should not to be too hot, as otherwise the mixture would split. Crack the egg and pour the yoke into the mixture.
Pour the mixture onto a big dish and let it cool in the fridge.
Once the ganache starts getting firm, dice it and put the dices onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Return to fridge until it is completely cold.
Once the mixture is cold and set, roll the truffles between your palms. Coat your truffles with powdered cocoa.
Store in the fridge until serving.
You can also easily use other toppings as you desire: powdered sugar, candied chestnuts, crushed, shelled pistachio nuts or hazelnuts.
image credit: Simon Doggett
TALES AND STORIES - PART 4: THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
It's a well known story that the 'Liberty enlightening the world' was designed by a French sculptor (Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi) as a gift to the United States from the people of France.
Yet very few people know that hundreds of smaller replicas have been created worldwide. The first (original) statue stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris but there is an other one near the Grenelle Bridge on the Île aux Cygnes. So the Statue of Liberty is also part of the Parisian monuments and made complete sense in our Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired by the city of love and the city that nevers sleeps!
The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower were two elements of the same idea: Carol and Humberto's outsiders vision of Paris throug the eyes of two Americans raised in California and living in New York.
For Christmas, the iron ladies both turn gold in a shiny version for men and women, announcing a whole collection in Spring/Summer dedicated to New York and Paris.
THE FRENCH XMAS RECIPES - #1 : THE MONT BLANC
Everybody at KENZO including Carol and Humberto is quite obsessed with food! Even our Spring/Summer 2015 collection that plays with the codes of French fashion and is in part inspired by French pâtisserie (you can try to discover what kind in particular here).
So here's a well kept internal secret: the Mont Blanc (like the mountain in the Alps) recipe, a traditionnal French (and also Italian) pâtisserie with meringue, cream and chestnut! The perfect dessert for Christmas.
Preparation time: 1h
Cooking time: 2h
120 g egg whites
120 g caster sugar to beat the egg whites
120 g caster sugar
¼ Madagascar vanilla bean
160g chestnut purée
140g chestnut cream
100 g whipping cream 30 % fat
1 tsp sugar
In food processor, beat egg whites at room temperature while gradually adding 225g sugar.
Once the whites hold a stiff peak when the beaters are lifted, delicately add with a spatula 225g sifted icing sugar.
Scrape the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip and pipe small rounds.
Bake two hours at 194°F (90°C). Open the door every 15 minutes to let the steam out.
Mix 20cl liquid cream, 50g mascarpone cheese, 25g sugar and ½ vanilla pod. Beat until stiff.
Beat 150g chestnut cream, 200g chestnut paste, 200g chestnut purée, 1 cl cognac and whip fast for a couple of minutes. Transfer the chestnut cream to a piping bag fitted with a special Mont Blanc nozzle (punctured with many holes)
Arrange meringues on a serving platter. Pipe whipped cream on top of the meringues. Use a tablespoon to form a half a sphere shape.
Pipe the light chestnut cream around the whipped cream.
Sprinkle icing sugar.
Sprinkle with pieces of candied and glazed chestnuts.
Bon appétit !
TALES AND STORIES - part 1: the KENZO tiger
The tiger is alternately seen as a symbol of longevity, energy or protection.
For their debut in the KENZO Fall/Winter 2012 collection, Carol and Humberto paid tribute to the Fall/Winter 1983 collection by Kenzo Takada with a reference to the tiger of the KENZO Jungle logo.
They put the Tiger face on a sweatshirt that was part of the show and the campaign... The success was immediate. You probably know the rest!
Shine bright like a diamond - it's Christmas!
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