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