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Goat cheese parfait plated dessert with pear, chestnut and pecan by Attila Meinhart

May 28, 2019
Goat cheese parfait plated dessert with pear, chestnut and pecan by Attila Meinhart
Attila Meinhart
Goat cheese parfait, pecan micro biscuit, pecan crumble, compressed baby pear, chestnut cremeux, pecan nougatine, pear chips, goat milk foam.
Recipe published in
So Good #21

Tomato, black truffle, Matcha green tea and Goat cheese are the stars of the creations that the Hungarian Attila Meinhart brings to so good #21 from his arena, the majestic Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest. This chef of pastry descent, whose calling had already begun at the young age of 14, has traveled all over the world on board a major cruise line, has visited ports as distinguished as a Michelin-starred restaurant in London and has even run his own pastry shop in Switzerland. However, for his taste, it is important to have a good technical base of French pastry, and to combine it with the influences and ideas of each country.

Gresham PalaceIn his case, nothing is richer than the Austro-Hungarian pastry culture itself, and which he himself proposes to update. But in addition to the necessary updating of symbolic desserts such as Apple Strudel, Dodo’s Cake or Sacher Tort, his style is nourished by flavors and ingredients more typically culinary. His proposals are less common in the sweet territory and have been reduced to the maximum when it comes to sugar content. The purpose is to refine the palette of flavors, and to leave the greatest prominence to each ingredient, thus, offering the diner a new experience and one that is more similar to that found on the savory side of cuisine.

Attila Meinhart himself presents this fourth creation from his inclusion in the magazine:

At this plated dessert I used winter flavors. I know that nowadays the fruits are available in each and every season, but they have the best taste when they are in season. It is important to have the right balance on the plate and to have the perfect combinations. It is important to add a twist with spices
and this beautiful planet is rich with exciting elements. I have a long ongoing collaboration with my photographer and I have learnt a lot when I comes to presentation. It is completely different when I look at a dessert through a camera lens. You will realize certain details that you probably don’t see from another angle.

Plated dessert photos: Antonio Fekete – Designfood
Ceramic. ERROR N’ MORE by Adam Sanzo


Goat cheese parfait

  • 500 g cream
  • 30 g glucose
  • 400 g goat cheese
  • 100 g Opalys Valrhona
  • 90 g egg whites
  • 75 g sugar
  • 230 g semi whipped cream

Heat cream and glucose and add cheese and blend it well. Heat it to 90C and pour over the chocolate and emulsify. Make a swiss meringue with egg whites and sugar and mix with the base. Fold into the cream.

Pecan micro biscuit

  • 126 g ground toasted pecan nuts
  • 252 g egg whites
  • 168 g egg yolks
  • 70 g sugar
  • 38 g flour

Blend all ingredients until smooth and strain into an ISI whipper. Charge with 2 N2O chargers and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Make a few holes on the bottom of a plastic cup and fill each cup one third full. Microwave for 40seconds and flip cups up side down. Tear biscuit and dry it in Excalibur at 70C for 1 hour.

Pecan crumble

  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g demarara sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 100 g ground pecan

Mix all ingredients till crumble and bake it . Cool after baking and blitz to refine.

Compressed baby pear

  • 300 g sugar
  • 800 g water
  • 10 g citric acid
  • 5 g sancho pepper

Peel and cut baby pear and place in a vacuum bag. Boil all ingredients and pour over the pear and vacuum. Let it cool and place in the fridge.

Chestnut cremeuxGoat cheese creation by Attila Meinhart

  • 190 g cream
  • 190 g milk
  • 25 g sugar
  • 90 g egg yolks
  • 8 g gelatine leaves
  • 200 g Bahibe Valrhona
  • 200 g chestnut pure
  • 80 g chestnut paste

Hydrate gelatine in ice water. Cook cream, milk, sugar and yolks as anglaise and add hydrated gelatine. Pour over the chocolate and emulsify. Add chestnuts and blend it. Let it set in the fridge.

Pecan nougatine

  • 1000 g icing sugar
  • 120 g chopped pecan nuts

Make a dry caramel and add pecan nuts and pour on a silpat. Let it cool. Blitz and sieve a thin layer on a silpat. Place it in the oven at 180C and melt it. After cooling store in a airtight container.

Pear chips

  • 125 g tapioca
  • 120 g water
  • 170 g pear pure
  • 60 g coocked tapioca

Cook tapioca with water and let it rest. Strain it. Blend pure and cooked tapioca and spread on a silpat. Dry it in the oven at 90C

Goats milk foam

  • 500 g goats milk
  • 300 g Sucro SOSA

Warm milk and Sucro. Blend it to make a foam.

You will find also these creations in #sogood21

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