|420 ml||heavy cream|
|90 g||unsalted butter|
|1 tsp||sea salt|
|1 tbsp||unsweetened cocoa powder|
|240 ml||whole milk|
|2 tbsp||maple syrup|
|50 g||brown sugar|
In a pot, add some of the sugar and let melt and caramelize, swirling the pan as needed. When it has reached an amber color, remove from the heat. Slowly add some of the room temperature heavy cream, swirling the pan until the cream is totally combined. Then swirl in some of the butter and sea salt. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, melt remaining butter in a small saucepan. Add some of the hazelnuts to a food processor and pulse until finely ground, add the cocoa powder and pulse once more to combine. Set some aside for garnish then mix the remaining in a small bowl with some of the salt and melted butter.
Divide the crust mixture evenly among four serving glasses and press or spread the crust into an even layer in the bottom. Transfer to the fridge until assembly.
In a liquid measuring cup, combine remaining heavy cream and whole milk. In a pot, add maple syrup, brown sugar, water, and remaining salt and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 8 min. or until caramelized. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in heavy cream-milk mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolks, and starch. While whisking, slowly add maple syrup-cream mixture to the egg-cornstarch mixture. Transfer the pudding back to the pot and set over medium heat, whisking constantly until a thick pudding forms, approx. 5 min. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, then cover tightly with plastic wrap (pressing the plastic directly onto the pudding to stop a skin from forming) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. Toast remaining hazelnuts on a baking sheet at for approx. 10 min. or until golden and fragrant. Remove from the oven.
Add remaining sugar to a frying pan over medium heat. Swirl occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and deep amber in color, approx. 8 min. Add the toasted hazelnuts to the sugar, stir and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Set the hazelnut praline aside to harden, approx. 15 min. Once cooled, break into small chunks.