Iced Yogurt With Mead-Baked Peach From 'Paris Pastry Club'

[Photograph: Helen Cathcart]

When fruit is at its peak, it's best served simply; something that Paris Pastry Club author Fanny Zanotti knows well. This recipe for mead-baked peaches comes from a childhood memory of picking peaches in an orchard, and having them prepared just this way for dessert. The tangy yogurt is a lovely counterpoint to the soft, yielding flesh of the peaches. Crunchy honeycomb candy echoes the notes of honey in the mead, and provides a pleasant crunch.

Why this recipe works:


  • Mead is rarely seen in dessert preparations, but it's a fantastic way to prepare peaches, as the warmth of the honey and alcohol only amplifies the succulence of the fruit.

  • The preparation of the iced yogurt is fussy, but worth it; the little rounds come out of the freezer with a texture resembling nougat, melting beautifully over the rest of the dish.

Excerpted from Paris Pastry Club by Fanny Zannotti (Hardie Grant). Copyright (c)2014 . Photographs by Helen Cathcart.

Iced Yogurt With Mead-Baked Peach From 'Paris Pastry Club'

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 6
Active time:45 minutes
Total time:overnight, for freezing
Special equipment:2-inch ring molds
This recipe appears in: Iced Yogurt With Mead-Baked Peach From 'Paris Pastry Club'

Ingredients

  • For the Iced Yoghurt
  • 60 g (2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 30 g (1 oz) water
  • 1 egg white
  • 125 g (4 1/2 oz) thick yoghurt
  • 125 g (4 1/2 oz) whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • For the Mead-Baked Peaches
  • 6 ripe yellow peaches, halved and stoned
  • 60 g (2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 250 g (9 oz) mead
  • For the honeycomb
  • 150 g (5 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 60 g (2 oz) glucose syrup
  • 30 g (1 oz) honey
  • 30 g (1 oz) water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Procedures

  1. 1

    To make the iced yoghurt, first place 2 inch metal rings on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Line each ring with a strip of baking parchment.

  2. 2

    Heat the sugar and water in a small pan set over medium heat to 245F. As the syrup reaches the correct temperature, start whisking the egg whites until soft peaks form. When the syrup is ready. slowly pour it into the side of the bowl, to avoid splatters. Keep on whisking on a high speed until firm and glossy and the bowl feels warm to the touch.

  3. 3

    Whisk the yogurt in a large bowl to loosen it, then gently fold in the Italian meringue until almost fully incorporated. Add the cream and fold in until combined.

  4. 4

    Pour the yoghurt mousse into a piping bag, cut the tip off and pipe the mousse into the prepared rings so that each is around 1 1/4 inch deep. Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight.

  5. 5

    In the meantime, make the honeycomb. Have a baking tray lined with baking paper ready. Place the sugar, glucose syrup, honey and water into a large pan, and cook over low heat until it turns into a light caramel. Off the heat, add the bicarbonate of soda, mixing well using a wooden spoon. Immediately scrape onto the prepared baking tray and allow to cool completely. Then break the slab into pieces and store into an airtight container if needed.

  6. 6

    Preheat the oven to 325F. Arrange the peaches cut-side up on a baking tray. Sprinkle with sugar and honey, and drizzle with the mead. Bake for 20 minutes, spooning the juices over the fruits every 4 minutes or so. Transfer the fruits to the plate and keep at room temperature to cool down slightly.

  7. 7

    Bring the juices to a boil in a small saucepan over a high heat. Simmer for 6-8 minutes, or until syrupy. Spoon the syrup over the peaches to coat them slightly.

  8. 8

    When you are ready to serve, unmold the frozen yoghurts onto a large serving plate. Add the roasted peaches and drizzle some more syrup on the plate. Break the honeycomb into small pieces and scatter over.

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