Roast plum sorbet with macadamia & sesame brittle
Ingredients for the sorbet
- 800 g ripe plums
- 20 g organic coconut sugar
- 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice seasoning
- 300 ml maple syrup
- 100 ml fresh cold water
- 1 tbps kirsch (optional)
Ingredients for the brittle
- 30 g sesame seeds
- 50 g macadamia nuts, finely chopped
- 125 g organic coconut sugar
- 25 ml maple syrup
- 30 g coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
Method to prepare the sorbet and brittle
Preparation time: 40 mins
Freeze time: 4 hours
- Preheat the oven to 140°C (275°F, gas mark 1). Halve the plums, leaving the stone in, and place cut side up in a roasting tray. Sprinkle with the coconut sugar and the five spice. Place in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until juicy, tender and slightly sticky. Set to one side to cool.
- Remove the stones from the cooled plums and place the flesh in a food processor with the maple syrup and water. Blend until you have a smooth puree. Strain and rub the puree through a fine sieve. Stir in the kirsch, if using. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn. Once it is starting to set, tip the sorbet into a freezer proof container. Cover the container with a lid and freeze for at least 4 hours. Before serving the sorbet, remove it from the freezer and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Toast the sesame seeds and chopped macadamia nuts in a fry frying pan over a medium heat, tossing the pan to ensure even cooking. Once the nuts and seeds begin to colour, carefully tip the contents of the pan onto a cold plate to arrest the cooking process.
- For the macadamia and sesame brittle, have to hand a silicon mat or lightly oiled flat tray because you will need to work quickly. Pour the maple syrup into a heavy-bottomed saucepan and add the coconut sugar, coconut oil and 25 ml of fresh water. Place over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Increase the heat. The syrup will bubble fiercely and resemble treacle or molasses in colour. It is ready as soon as its temperature reaches 150°C, which will take around 5-6 minutes. If you do not have a jam thermometer, the syrup is ready when a drop of it solidifies into a hard ball when dropped into cold water. As soon as you reach this point, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda, sesame seeds and chopped macadamia nuts.
- Working quickly, tip this mixture onto your silicon mat or baking tray and use a spatula to smooth it into a thin, even layer. Leave to cool, then use a sharp knife to cut or break the brittle into rough shards.
- To serve, place a scoop of the plum sorbet in a dish, and accompany each one with a shard of the macadamia and sesame brittle.
Recipe & photo from Steve Dent AKA The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen
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