Cardamom & Feta Parfait with Black Sesame Brittle

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Whether it’s accompanied by fruit, granola, biscuits, or all of the above, parfait is a tried and trusted dessert option. This recipe puts a spin on the classic by adding a touch of feta to the base and enriching it with the aromatic fragrances of cardamom and vanilla. Topped with a nutty black sesame brittle, you have yourself a truly divine combination.

Feta Parfait Ingredients

    • 200 ml heavy cream
    • 100 ml full-fat milk
    • 150 g feta, crumbled
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 160 g icing sugar
    • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1⁄8 tsp cardamom powder
    • 6 cardamom pods
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds to garnish
    • 1 tsp pomegranate molasses to garnish

Sesame Brittle Ingredients

    • 3 tbsp castor sugar
    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp water
    • 1⁄4 cup black sesame seeds + extra to garnish
    • Pinch of salt

Feta Parfait Directions

To ensure a smooth cooking experience, please read the Smartwhip care and safety guidelines before usage.

    1. Pour the heavy cream and cardamom powder into the cream dispenser, connect your Smartwhip and charge it with 15 bar. Shake the cream dispenser 5-10 times to evenly distribute the gas, then set it aside for 15 minutes to allow the cream to infuse.
    2. Pour the milk into a small saucepan, add the cardamom pods and vanilla extract, and simmer the ingredients over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Make sure that the milk does not boil over.
    3. Strain the milk into a measuring jug to remove the cardamom pods and set the mixture aside to cool down.
    4. Whisk the egg yolks and icing sugar together until you obtain a thick and slightly pale mixture, then set it aside.
    5. Crumble the feta on top of the cardamom-infused milk, add a small pinch of salt, and blend the ingredients using a hand-held mixer or blender until you achieve a smooth consistency.
    6. Shake the cream dispenser containing the whipped cream a few more times, then release the contents into the egg yolk mixture. Stir in the milky feta mixture and fold the ingredients together.
    7. Pour the parfait mixture into individual moulds or a deep baking tray to set. Cover the parfait and chill the feta parfait in the freezer for approximately 2 hours.

Sesame Brittle Directions

    1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
    2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix the sugar, honey and a splash of water together and simmer the ingredients over low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add the sesame seeds and vanilla extract, and allow the mixture to simmer for a further 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it becomes golden/brown.
    4. Remove the sesame mixture from the heat and pour it onto the lined baking tray. Be careful as the contents will be extremely hot.
    5. Using a spatula, spread the mixture out as thin and evenly as possible until it is approximately 1 mm thick, then set the tray aside to fully cool down. Once the sesame mixture has fully cooled down, break the sesame brittle up into approximately 2-4 cm shards.
      Tip: You can prepare the brittle in advance and store it in an airtight container for later usage.

Plating

Smear a small amount of pomegranate molasses onto the centre of a dessert platter. Remove the individual parfait pieces from their mould and place them on top of the molasses. If you chilled the parfait on a single tray, cut the parfait into your desired shape using a circular cutter. To obtain the best results, run the knife under hot water before cutting the parfait. Adorn the parfait pieces with a few shards of sesame brittle and garnish the plate with a few splashes of pomegranate seeds.

For more delicious dessert recipes visit our selection of recipes created by chefs using the revolutionary Smartwhip system. Order your Smartwhip here and explore the bounds of molecular gastronomy.

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