Kakao Berlin Chocolate Pave

Kakao Berlin Chocolate Pave

This is a decadent, rich dessert that shows off the depth of flavor in Kakao Berlin chocolate. Please note that this recipe is scaled for a restaurant, for home use you may want to use a half recipe. This recipe was developed for Kakao Berlin by John Sundstrom of Lark Restaurant in Seattle, WA.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 18 oz. (510 gm)   Kakao Berlin Brandenburg Dark 75% chocolate, chips
  • 6 oz. (170 gm)     Kakao Berlin Bismarck Milk 36% chocolate, chips
  • 8                      Egg yolks
  • 1 1/4  c.            (300 ml) Milk
  • 1 c.       (236 ml) Cream
  • 1 T.       (14 ml)  Butter, room temperature
  • 2 T.       (28 ml)  Espresso or very strong coffee

Recipe Method

  1. Put chocolate in heat proof bowl, place over double boiler, melt completely.
  2. Add yolks, whisk into chocolate.
  3. Heat cream and milk in sauce pan until just about a simmer.
  4. Pour over chocolate mix, whisk to combine.
  5. Whisk in butter and espresso.
  6. Pour into small terrine mold or loaf pan (buttered, with a layer of parchment paper cut to fit inside on the bottom, this will help you get the pave out of the pan once it’s chilled).
  7. Tap the whole pan a couple of times on the cutting board to get out any air bubbles.
  8. Place in a larger pan, and fill with hot water, 2/3 ‘s of the way up the sides of the loaf pan.
  9. Place over burner (or cook in a water bath at 180 F) and bring to simmer.
  10. Cook until chocolate mixture has firmed up when jiggled, about 1- 1 1/2 hour.
  11. Remove from water bath, and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  12. To remove from pan, dip whole pan in hot water for 30 seconds.
  13. Run a pairing knife around the inside edge of pan.
  14. Invert over a plate or sheet pan (with parchment), tap to loosen from pan.
  15. If it doesn’t come loose, repeat process.
  16. Using a knife dipped in hot water, slice pave into 3/8” slices, place separately on parchment, wrap with plastic and chill until ready to serve.
  17. Garnish with crush double chocolate cookie crumbs, various ice cream flavors (vanilla bean, caramel, coffee, etc.).