Savarin with Fresh Summer Fruit, Candied Pistachios and Chantilly Cream
A French yeast cake dessert soaked in luxurious liqueur and topped with fresh fruit, chantilly cream and candied pistachios. Inspired by my first dinner at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse and the fresh summer berries found at the market.
Servings Prep Time
8-10servings 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10servings 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25minutes 1hour
Ingredients
Dough
Candied Pistachios
Fruit Spread
French Chantilly Cream
Soaking Liquid
Instructions
Dough
  1. Mix together the warm water and the yeast in a small bowl until it starts bubbling slightly. About one minute.
  2. Put eight eggs (uncracked) into a large bowl. Cover with hot water and set aside until they are warm.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, heat up the milk, salt, sugar and vanilla bean seeds and pod (after you have removed the seeds) over low to medium heat. Leave the mixture to melt and dissolve, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add 1/4 of a cup of flour into the yeast mixture. Add a little of the 1/4 cup of flour at a time. Just feed the yeast. Make a very soft, wet dough. Set aside or in a proofing oven until it doubles in size. About 10 minutes.
  5. Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the flour that is in the bowl.
  6. Crack the now warm eggs into the well of the flour that is in the mixing bowl. Then add the warm vanilla bean mixture into the flour well also. And finally, add the yeast that has doubled in size to the flour well. Place with a wire whisk into your stand mixer and mix until it is smooth on a medium speed.
  7. Once the dough is smooth, place the butter, cut into 1/2″ slices, right on top of the dough. Place plastic wrap on top, then place into a proofing oven (or an oven at 80-90 degrees) and let it rise for 30-40 minutes or until it doubles in size.
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size, place back onto the stand mixer (removing the plastic wrap) and mix together the dough and butter using the paddle until the butter is full incorporated.
  9. Using savarin baking pans (circular and smooth), any size that you prefer (small, medium or large), place the dough into a pastry bag. Place just enough dough to fill up a third of the cake pan as it will rise.
  10. Proof the cake pans with the dough for 20 minutes until twice in size.
  11. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once at temperature, place the cake pans with the risen dough into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are lightly brown. The top that you can see will be less brown than the rest of the cake, so do not base the brown you see as the brown you want.
  12. Remove the cakes from the pans by simply flipping them over. Poke the bottoms (flat side) with a fork so that the liqueur mixture can absorb more easily into the cake.
Toppings
  1. Put the sugar (1/2 cup) into a sauce pan at medium heat. Cook for 6-7 minutes until it begins to caramelize, an amber color should be seen. Stir constantly.
  2. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper and place the pistachios in one layer on the parchment. Pour the hot caramel over the top of the pistachios. Let cool for about 10 minutes until hard, and then break up into small pieces, placing into a food processor. Pulse the candied pistachios into small pieces, but not smooth, but rather chunky crumbs. These will be crumbled on top of your savarin cakes when they are completely baked.
  3. For the fruit spread, place the fruit spread and the liqueur into a small sauce pan over low to medium heat and heat until smooth and combined.
Chantilly Cream
  1. Combine the three ingredients (heavy cream, sugar and vanilla) into a mixing bowl and with a handwhisk or a handmixer or a stand mixer with a whisk, whisk until soft peaks form and do not fall out of the bowl when flipped over. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Fresh Berry Toppings
  1. Slice up your favorite fresh fruit into small diced pieces. I used strawberries. Feel free to use multiple fruit berries.
Soaking Liquid
  1. Mix together in a large sauce pan the water, sugar and kirsch. Set aside until read to soak the cakes.
  2. Once the cakes are in the oven, bring this mixture to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and remove from the heat. (The liqueur can be added after it boils or before with the rest of the liquids.)
  3. Once the cakes are removed from the oven and fully baked, as shared above, make sure you have poked the bottoms of each cake with a fork. Then place on a parchment lined baking sheet (with an edge), flat side down. Ladle the soaking liquid over each of the cakes. I usually fully ladle each cake twice with liquid.
Plating
  1. For each serving, place a teaspoon or two of the fruit spread on the plate (add a decorative swoop if you would like :)). Then place one savarin cake on top of the fruit spread. Place the chantilly cream in the middle or on top of the cake, then sprinkle the chopped strawberries and candied pistachios. Voila! Pair with a hot cup of coffee, espresso or tea and enjoy!