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What were we thinking?

When my friend Tak suggested we attempt the Snow Egg from Masterchef I though yeah that will be fun. Then my daughter and here two friends started asking when it was going to happen. It kind of “Snowballed” into an all weekend cooking event. We decide to pre cook a few things as we don’t have an ice blaster. I made the granita, the fool and the custard and Tak made the custard apple ice cream. Then on the Sunday we drove to Tak’s place and the marathon began. When I made the granita and fool I used a combination of lychee, peaches and strawberries as guavas were not it season.The colour and taste was a bit stronger than guava, however it still tasted fantastic. Luckily the custard apples were in season and Tak had the chore of extracting the juice from them.

We overfilled the silicone moulds with the meringue and then cut them down, which seemed to work.

The praline circles have to be just the right thickness overwise they won’t melt over the snowball.

Good Luck if you try this recipe, I suggest you have some good friends like I did to help you.

You can see how will filled the silicone moulds up to the top and when they came out of the oven they had risen even higher.

This is a tricky bit. You have to make the almond praline just thick enough and not over cook it or it becomes too brittle.

Quay’s guava snow egg

Serves 8

Guava granita
600 gm strawberry guavas
100 gm fresh strawberries
100 gm caster sugar
Guava purée
800 gm strawberry guavas
175 gm caster sugar
½ vanilla bean, split and scraped
Vanilla custard
400 ml cream
2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
80 gm caster sugar
Guava fool
100 gm vanilla custard (see step 3)
100 gm double cream
400 gm guava purée (see step 2)
Custard apple ice-cream
200 ml milk
6 egg yolks
200 gm caster sugar
1-2 large, very ripe custard apples
100 ml cream
Poached meringue
300 gm eggwhite
300 gm caster sugar
To dust: pure icing sugar
Maltose tuiles
200 gm liquid maltose (see note)
100 gm caster sugar
20 gm flaked almonds

1 For the guava granita, cut the guavas in half, scoop out the seeds and flesh and discard the skin. Weigh out 400gm of flesh. Roughly dice the guava flesh and strawberries. Combine the sugar and 500ml (2 cups) of water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil, then lower the heat to a slow simmer. Add the diced fruit and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to infuse at room temperature for 2 hours. Pass the liquid through a sieve lined with muslin cloth and discard the solids. Pour the guava syrup into a ceramic or stainless-steel container to a depth of 5cm. Place the container in the freezer for a period of no less than 12 hours. Every 2-3 hours, remove the container from the freezer and scrape with a fork to form the granita crystals.
2 For the guava purée, cut the guavas in half, scoop out the seeds and discard them, then scoop out the flesh from the skin. Weigh out 375gm of flesh. Put 250ml (1 cup) of water in a saucepan and add the sugar and vanilla bean. Bring to the boil, lower the heat to a gentle simmer, add the guava flesh and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the vanilla bean. Drain the liquid from the guava flesh and place the flesh in a blender. Add just enough of the liquid to process into a thick guava purée. Pass the purée through a fine sieve and set it aside in the refrigerator.
3 For the vanilla custard, preheat the oven to 160C. Put the cream and vanilla beans in a saucepan. Heat until the cream just begins to boil, then remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks, egg and sugar in a stainless-steel bowl. While whisking, slowly pour on the hot vanilla cream. Mix well then remove the vanilla beans. Strain the mixture into four 175ml ceramic ramekins, place the ramekins in a deep-sided baking tray, then pour enough water into the baking tray to come halfway up the side of the ramekins. Place in the oven and cook the custard for about 30-35 minutes, or until just set. Remove the custards from the water bath and refrigerate for 5-6 hours, or until they are chilled and set. Remove the skin from the top before using. This recipe makes 400gm.
4 For the guava fool, whisk together the vanilla custard and cream in a bowl to form soft peaks. Place guava purée in a bowl and gently fold through vanilla cream to form a rippled effect. Do this just before you’re ready to assemble the dessert.
5 For the custard apple ice-cream, put the milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together, then, while whisking, pour the boiled milk onto the egg yolk and sugar mixture. Pour the mixture into a stainless-steel bowl, place over a pan of simmering water without letting the base of the bowl touch the water, and whisk continuously for 10 minutes. Place the bowl of sabayon over ice to cool. Meanwhile, scoop out the flesh from one custard apple into a fine sieve lined with a double layer of muslin cloth. Gather the muslin at the top and squeeze the ripe custard apple flesh tightly to obtain a clear juice. You will need 300ml of clear juice (you may need to use the second custard apple). Whisk the juice into the sabayon, along with the cream. Transfer the mixture into an ice-cream machine and churn until frozen. Place the ice-cream in a container in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
6 For the poached meringue, preheat the oven to 120C. For this recipe you will need a 6cm-diameter hemisphere silicone mould sheet (see note). Whisk the eggwhites in an electric mixer until they form soft peaks, then slowly add the sugar. Once the meringue forms firm peaks and the sugar has dissolved, place the meringue into 16 hemisphere moulds. Place the meringues in a water bath large enough to hold the silicone mould sheet and cook in the oven for about 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the water bath to cool completely. Unmould the meringues and store in the refrigerator on a tray lined with silicone paper.
7 For the maltose tuiles, heat the maltose and sugar in a medium-sized pan to 140C. Add the flaked almonds and immediately pour the mixture onto a silicone mat. Put aside to cool completely. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat. Process the hard praline in a food processor to form a fine powder. Transfer the praline mixture into a course sieve and sift the praline onto the silicone mat in a fine layer, about 1mm thick. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your tray. Place in the oven and melt the praline until it forms a clear liquid paste. Remove from the oven and before the praline becomes too hard, cut it into eight 15cm circles using a metal circle cutter. When each circle has cooled and become hard, store in an airtight container, placing a sheet of silicone paper between each one.
8 To finish and plate, take eight of the poached hemisphere meringues. Using a teaspoon, remove a small scoop from the centre of each meringue, being careful not to break through the outer edge. Place a small scoop of custard apple ice-cream inside the hole you have just made. Scoop a small hole in the remaining eight meringues and invert them over the ice-cream-filled hemispheres to form a complete sphere. Place a maltose tuile on top of each sphere and, working gently with a kitchen blowtorch, melt the tuile over the sphere so that it wraps around the meringue. Dust the spheres with icing sugar. Place a generous spoonful of the guava fool in the bottom of each serving glass. Top the fool with the guava granita, then place the ice-cream-filled meringue spheres on top of the granita and serve.
Note Liquid maltose is available from Asian supermarkets and specialty food shops such as The Essential Ingredient. Hemisphere silicone moulds are available from specialist kitchenware suppliers such as Chefs’ Warehouse. Recipe and from Quay: Food Inspired by Nature ($95, hbk) by Peter Gilmore, with photography by Anson Smart, to be published in October 2010 by Murdoch Books. This recipe has been reproduced with minor
everydaycook and Tak changes.

This recipe is from the September 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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