Today, Dear Friends, I present for your consideration another challenge for your palate. . .
How many of you love sweet and salty flavors together? I love them! There are so many perfect examples of this divine combination, ranging from treats we might have eaten as children to more sophisticated combinations: chocolate-covered pretzels, kettle corn, salted butter caramel, chocolate-covered bacon and crostini covered in brie and fig jam. Heaven!
In his newest challenge to us, Monsieur Hermé asks us to be willing to try this combination again in a new way. The newest dessert to come from The House of Hermé is called "Tango", incorporates a sesame seed crust, a cream made with Reggiano Parmesan raspberry compote and red peppers, fresh raspberries and shards of salty/sweet tuile. He describes it iike this:
"Parmesan seasoned cream balances the tart raspberry and slightly bitter edge of the red pepper. The sesame pastry base brings an extra crispy start. In contrast, the salty-sweet tuile finishes the whole. The sensual rhythm of the Tango perfectly evokes this composition of ever-changing flavors that offer an equal sampling of tastes both fragile and contrasting."
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