Sunday, August 10, 2008

Get Your Just Desserts!

I’ve just finished class number four on my culinary journey—Hot and Cold Plating. I have to admit that I wasn’t very excited about this class because I’ve already made up my mind that if I stick with pastry, I want to work in a bakery, hopefully owning my own bakery someday. I don’t ever plan on working in a restaurant again. Been there, done that when I was in my twenties. It was fun then, but I don’t want to work the late hours now. Super early hours would be great, but no late night dessert service for me.

Anyway, this class focused on plating and dessert presentation, sauces, portion sizes, etc. The real irony is that the whole point of this class is to make the dessert you present to the customer look as appealing and beautiful as possible, but I really didn’t get many pretty pictures. Since I’m determined to document this whole experience I’ll show you all the highlights.

One part of this class that I did enjoy is learning to make sorbet and French style Ice Cream (it's a custard base made with eggs). This is the Champagne Sorbet with a glassed strawberry & Tuile cookie. This sorbet was really tasty.

This is my Tequila Lime Sorbet and Coconut Sorbet with a Tuile cookie. I could not stop eating this Tequila Lime sorbet! Because the Tequila is added during churning the alcohol it isn't cooked off, so this baby offers up a nice little buzz.

This is classic Cherries Jubilee. We learned proper table service with all of the flair. I've never been that excited about setting things on fire, but flambeing was pretty fun. This was served over fresh vanilla bean ice cream and a pecan tile cookie.

On Angel Food Cake day we made and plated several types of angel food cake. This is the Chocolate Angel Food Cake served with Raspberry Chantilly Cream and Raspberry Sauce.

This is a Coconut Angel Food Cake with Creme Anglaise and Raspberry Sauces

These little tarts are delicious! This is a Chocolate Banana Tart. There are caramelized bananas on the bottom of the tart.

This is a Chocolate Lava Cake with a surprise chocolate ganache center. The rose garnish is sculpted from modeling chocolate.

This is the same Chocolate Lava Cake but served this time with Coffee Espresso Bean Ice Cream.
This is my new favorite dessert ever! I have found the love of the Sabayon Sauce. Who knew that egg yolks, sugar and wine cooked together could taste so amazing, but it does! Here it is served with a Fresh Fruit Gratin, a Cranberry Orange Scone and whipped cream. I decided it was my grown up version of afternoon tea. The top of the gratin has been torched similar to creme brulee, so it has a slightly crunchy sugar crust on top.

This is a Lemon Curd Tartlett served with Raspberry Sorbet. My raspberry sauce got a little away from me, but think I still made it pretty with little hearts.

We spent one day working with pulled sugar. We collectively worked on this sugar sculpture, but all of the leaves are mine! Unfortunately, the sugar magic went sour when I burned the crap out of my hand. If you've never had a sugar burn, they are the worst. I hope you don't ever find out for yourself. Very Bad!

These are almond Tuile cookies that are typically used as garnished. I like how these looked together. It kind of reminds me of the Hell's Kitchen logo :)

Only it's Heather's Kitchen!

And for my Practical Final... For this class we needed to present one perfect plated dessert containing all of the elements of a plated dessert: the main item, sauce(s), functional garnish, crunch factor.

I created this Dessert Taco with Strawberry Mango Salsa.

The taco is made up of a sugar cookie shell, passion fruit ice cream filling, strawberry mango salsa (with mint, lime and a hint of cilantro), topped with whipped cream, and served with strawberry and mango sauces. Seriously, this was so fresh and delicious! I love how it turned out, the flavors and the design turned out exactly as I planned.

I got 100/100 points! Yah!

We have a week off of school. I'm heading to see my best friend (Hi Erron!) and family in Nebraska, so I'll be away for a week. Have a great week and eat something fabulous!


Pieceful Bits said...

WoW congrats! everything looks so yummy! Hope ur burn heals quickly.

Amanda said...

Arrrrgh I knew I shouldn't have clicked on your blog when I'm hungry! Those treats look delicious and beautiful!!

Cakespy said...

Oh my goodness!!! These are exquisite! I really can't say which is my favorite. The ice cream next to the lava cake looks amazing. Of course it all does! Wow! I am really floored.

Emily said...

Gorgeous treats! Seeing all your pretty things makes me happy so… I'm giving you the Tree of Happiness award! (stop by Sugar and Meringue to see what I'm talking about)
Take Care!