Parsnips and apples have a great affinity for each other, and this stunning recipe from chef Dan Hunter’s Brae cookbook combines them in ways you’ve likely never experienced before. A creamy parsnip-apple mousse anchors a crisp parsnip skin rolled into a golden cone, and everything is garnished with a gorgeously dark apple caramel (infused with a wisp of chamomile), as well as freeze-dried apples both finely grated and cut into chewy chunks. A symphony of textures and gentle sweet-tart flavors, this is a real show-stopper. Naturally, it does take a bit more effort than your standard dessert, but give this a try if you’re feeling ambitious.
The gold leaf gelatine called for in this recipe doesn’t refer to anything gilded —instead, “gold” refers to the degree of firmness with which the gelatine will set, and “leaf gelatine” is the form generally preferred by pastry chefs, as it sets clearer and with a smoother consistency than powdered gelatine. Leaf gelatine also does not impart any additional flavor, but allows the other ingredients to come through cleanly.
For the apple and parsnip mousse:
For the apple and chamomile infusion:
For the apple caramel: