- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup 2 percent milk
- 1/2 lemon, zested
- 1/2 navel orange, zested
- 1 1/2 sheets gelatin
- 2 cups cold water
- 5 ounces natural dairy base product (recommended: QimiQ)
- 2 gelatin sheets
- 1/2 cup orange juice
Bloom gelatin in reserved water. In a small saucepan, bring orange juice to a boil then remove it from the heat. Remove gelatin sheets from water and squeeze out excess liquid. Stir into the hot orange juice. Cool orange juice mixture to about room temperature. Once cooled, ladle on top of set panna cotta to fill the flex molds all the way.
Maple Leaf Apple Chip:
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled
- Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Simple Syrup, recipe follows
- Special equipment: a leaf-shaped cutter
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
Using a sharp chef's knife, cut 4 (1/16-inch thick) slices from the middle of the apple, ensuring slices are even in thickness and are large enough to accommodate a leaf cutter; pieces on outer edges of apple (which will not accommodate cutter) must be reserved in lemon juice for further use in apple raisin cranberry compote. Using a leaf cutter, center the cutter on each apple slice and press firmly to ensure sharp cutout. Dip cutout apple leaf in simple syrup and place dipped cutout onto a silicone baking mat. Bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes until golden brown (to insure even cooking, rotate pan as needed).
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
Place sugar and water in saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring to boil. Remove from heat when boiling. Use 1/4 cup for apple chip production. Leave remaining mixture in saucepan and set aside for further use in sugar garnish.
Apple Cider Reduction:
- 2 cups apple cider
Chocolate Piping Garnish:
- 6 ounces dark chocolate couverture
- 1 sheet parchment paper
Simmer both ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until slightly golden brown and caramelized. Remove from heat and cool until slightly thickened.
Using a large spoon, drizzle even lines onto a silicone baking mat. While caramel lines are still warm, mold around handle of wooden spoon, into even spirals. Let cool, and remove from spoon. Using kitchen shears, cut spiral to desired length ensuring clean edges. Repeat the above steps until you have 4 uniform spirals.
Heat cranberry juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup. Cool and transfer to a squeeze bottle.
Healthy Oat Granola:
- 3/4 cup oats
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon bread flour
- 1 tablespoon applesauce
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Toast oats on a baking sheet in the oven until slightly brown.
Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
Combine remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add toasted oats to mixture and blend well. Press oat mixture into fluted molds (about same size as panna cotta molds) and bake for approximately 5 minutes until browning occurs. Let rest a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes and then transfer for use as base in assembling dessert.
Dried Fruit and Apple Compote:
- 2 tablespoons Granny Smith apple concasse (see method below)
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1 navel orange, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon raisins, cut into 1/4-inch dice if needed
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, cut into 1/4-inch dice if needed
- Kosher salt
Using a chef's knife, cut reserved, already peeled apple into precise 1/4-inch dice, avoiding any peelings, core, or seeds. Reserve. In small saute pan, combine cider, orange juice, honey, and cinnamon. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil and reduce by half. Add the reserved diced apples, raisins, and cranberries. Bring compote to a simmer and cook until apples are tender. Adjust seasoning with salt, to taste.
Using bain-marie set-up, slowly heat 4 ounces chocolate until melted smooth. Using seeding method, add remaining chocolate and stir until smooth. Make a parchment piping bag. Fill piping bag 3/4 full with chocolate, folding opening to avoid spilling. Cut a small opening at the tip of the piping bag.
Pipe a triangular shape onto a clean, dry, dessert plate, being sure to start and end where panna cotta will rest. Pipe second line, interweaving between first line. Once chocolate cools, carefully fill with apple cider reduction and cranberry reduction, alternating sauces. Repeat process for remaining 3 plates. If any undesired results occur, wash and dry plate, and repeat process.
Carefully pipe the chocolate onto the plate in a ribbon design (start the piping at the 10 o'clock position). Place the granola base onto the plate in the 10 o'clock position covering the starting point of the chocolate. Dip a round cutter into warm water and use it to cut out the panna cottas, making sure not to break them. Once they are cut, unmold them from the flex pans and place on top of the granola base with orange side down. Top the panna cotta with about 1 tablespoon of the fruit compote. Using squeeze bottles with very thin tips, pipe sauces into piped ribbon, alternating sauces. Lastly garnish the panna cotta with the sugar spirals. Stick it straight through the compote and into the top of the panna cotta, being careful not to break the sugar. Rest apple chip upright against panna cotta and serve.
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