So - I just got up from eating a lovely, multi item decounstructed beer dessert!!!
Oh - is that a beer she is drinking ? You may ask. No it part of the deconstructed beer dessert.
When I first got the challenge, I thought 'Holy Cow' - deconstructed beer, but thanks to my lovely husband and some very talented people here at eGullet, it all came together in the end.
Here's the result:
The items are: a smoked malt creme brulee, a cascade 'not-quite-beer', which is a cold citrus soup flavoured with cascade hops topped with a grapefruit/lime/hop sorbet, and finally 'the Brewpub bar', a chocolate bar with malted shortbread, chocolate malt ganache and beer marshmallow in milk chocolate.
After many a sleepless night (throw a few extra in for drama) I decided to go for a few, key ingredients and try to bring them out as much as possble. I went sniffing malts and hops to look for dessert like references:
The not-quite-beer: When you open a bag of dried cascade hops theres is a very clear smell of citrus, primarily grapefruit and lime which is where the sorbet ides came from - someone on the thead suggested doing someting that looks like a beer, and the sorbet looks like the top half of a beer, so I thought - a fruit soup and went for more citrus, this time with grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange and mandarine orange. It is a very nice, refreshing drink/dessert, and the citrus and hops supplement each other very well.
The creme brulee: Rauchmalt is smoked malt and smells quite smoked. I thought it would be complemented nicely by the brulee burnt sugar and be a nice contrats to all the freshnedd and sharpness of the not-quite-beer. The brulee is flavoured with rauchmalt syrup, and is nice and malty but as smoked as I had hoped. If I were to male it again, I would probably add a bit of very smoky whisky to bring the flavour out more.
In spite of the fact that beer and chocolate is a very obvious combination, I had to make some chocolate item, especially considering that chocolate malt smells of chocolate:huh: I'd already made the shortbread which is great, but a bit plain. With a chocolate malt syrup banache and a beer marshmallow on top, it makes for a nice chocolate bar, event though the balance between the components is a bit off - there ought to have been more ganache and marshmallow and less shortbread and chcolate covering - alas!
So, that was the result - thank ypu, gfron, for challenging me - it has been a really fun week, and thaks to Kerry Beal for starting this dessert madness.
I will post the recipes, probably tomorrow, and have a few more pics, especially re. ingredients, if anyone are interested.
I will now go and make public the next challenge