Chef Kozinko’s Elderflower, Orange, Cranberry Verrine

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Elderflower, Orange, Cranberry Verrine – 10 portions
by Chef Wayne Kozinko

 

Impress your family and friends with this multi-layered dessert at the Thanksgiving table this year. For those that are feeling adventurous we’ve identified two advanced steps for a seasoned pastry chef, special ingredients can be purchased locally at specialty food stores or online at www.modernistpantry.com.

Our pro tip is to prepare the different components of this dessert the day before your big dinner and combine right before you serve.

 

Orange Gelle – base layer

14oz Orange juice, strained

4oz  Simple syrup (1:1 ratio)

4      Sheets gelatine, bloomed

Combine syrup and juice, bring just to the boil. Add bloomed gelatine, and then whisk to dissolve.

Pour 1.5oz  into ten 8oz glasses, allow to set in cooler.

 

Elderflower Custard – second layer

4 cups Milk

1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp Corn starch

1C cup Egg yolks

1 Vanilla pod, scraped

1/3 cups Sugar

1/3 cups Butter, soft

4oz Elderflower cordial

Combine milk, and vanilla bring to a simmer. Combine yolks, sugar and starch. Temper milk into yolk mixture and bring to a full boil. Pass and chill over ice bath to 50 C, using stick blender add butter to combine, chill overnight then add cordial.

 

Chiffon Cake – third layer

1 cups Cake flour

1 1/3 cups Sugar

½ tsp Baking soda

¼ tsp Salt

3.5 oz Grape seed oil

4.5 oz Egg yolks

10.5 oz Egg whites

5.4 oz Water

1 oz  Lemon juice

1 Lemon zest

¾ tsp Tartar

Combine flour, 1 cup of the sugar, salt, soda then sift. Add yolks, juice, water, oil, zest and blend to just incorporate. Prepare meringue with whites and remaining sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

 

Orange Compote 

1/3 cups Sugar

17 oz Orange juice

3.5oz Passion fruit juice

1 Orange zest

1/2 Cinnamon, stick, crushed

1/2 Vanilla pods

25 small orange segments

In a pot prepare a dry caramel with sugar, deglaze with juice and puree. Add remaining items, bring to a simmer then reduce by 50%. Chill overnight and then toss with orange segments.

 

Anise Poached Cranberry

9 0z Water

1/2 cup Sugar

2 Star anise

1 cup Cranberry

Combine water, sugar, and star anise in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer, add cranberries. Simmer till fruit is tender, remove from heat and chill over ice.

 

Aerated Cranberry – advanced layer

1 cups Cranberry

8 oz Simple syrup

1 tsp Versa whip 600k

1/8 tsp Xanthan gum

Combine fruit and syrup, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook till fruit bursts, using blender puree and pass to obtain a smooth puree. Chill over ice bath, add powders and stir to combine. Using stand mixer, whip to desired consistency.

 

Cranberry Fluid Gel – advanced garnish

10.5 oz Cranberry juice

7 oz Simple syrup

1/3 cup Cranberry

1.5 tsp Agar agar

1/8 tsp Locust bean gum

Combine powder and blend, combine liquids then slowly whisk in powder. Let stand 10 minutes then bring to a full boil, cook 2 minutes then remove from heat and chill overnight. Dice set gel in small cubes, then using blander, blend smooth.