Lockdown Billy Miner Pie

Billy Miner Pie – courtesy of a past student

What to do when a craving for the Keg’s famous Billy Miner Pie strikes mid-pandemic? DIY at home, of course!

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Flexible Chocolate

This flexible chocolate recipe is from my dear friend John from Molecular Culinary Academy. The use of locust bean gum and kappa carageenan gives it a little bit of stretch and flexibility. I used it in the plated dessert shown above, created for a demo for the culinary program at Canadore College many years ago.

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“Aero”, Aerated Chocolate at Home

Who doesn’t love an Aero Bar, am I right? I’m not sure who came up with this technique… I first learned about it from John Placko many years ago when I was helping out with one of his modernist technique workshops. It’s a pretty easy technique: melt chocolate, thin it out, put it in an ISI, add nitrous oxide, dispense, and vacuum. But in order for you to do all those things, you need some equipment…

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“Snow”

Above is a dessert that Megan and I first plated together at Niagara College a number of years ago. We were still in the honeymoon phase of dating at the time, and Megan thought it was cool to tag along to these professional events. This plated dessert is composed of a flexible chocolate, mango and passion fruit fluid gels and meringue tear drops, tuiles, white chocolate “snow”, mango sorbet and some fresh herbs.

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Cloud 9

This dessert started with the idea to create a “floating cloud” look on a plate. It’s composed of an upside-down pavlova, topped with chantilly and pismaniye (halva floss). Hidden inside are fresh raspberries filled with a blended pate de fruit, macarons, toasted pistachios, and rose petals. Finished with a chocolate number “9” because…it’s not just any cloud, it’s Cloud 9.

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