Hazelnut Gelato, Dark Chocolate Cream, Pistachio Cake, Blood Orange Jel

Hazelnut Gelato, Dark Chocolate Cream, Pistachio Cake, Blood Orange Jel by Kei Hasegawa.

Hazelnut gelato, dark chocolate cream, milk chocolate crunch, pistachio cake and blood orange gel by Kei Hasegawa, Pastry Chef of Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, CA.


Kei Hasegawa, Pastry Chef, Matsuhisa, Beverly Hills, CA.

Hazelnut Gelato:

1. In a saucepan, heat milk, cream, ginger and vanilla paste. Add the dextrose powder, inverted sugar, granulated sugar and Maximapan 150 at 113°F. Heat to 185°F, then strain and cool.

2. Process in ice cream machine.

Dark Chocolate Cream:

In a saucepan, combine milk, cream, sugar and orange zest and bring to a boil. Temper in egg yolks and heat, stirring, to 185°F. Strain onto deZaan Temptation 64  and emulsify with immersion blender. Refrigerate.

Milk Chocolate Crunch:

1. Combine ingredients and spread onto a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat. Refrigerate.

2. Break into small pieces.

Pistachio Cake:

Mix together almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch and egg whites until a paste forms. Add pistachio paste, cream and orange zest. Pour into silicone molds and bake at 356°F for 10 minutes.

Blood Orange Gel:

1. In saucepan, mix sugar and agar agar well and add blood orange puree. Bring to a boil. Strain and refrigerate until set.

2. Transfer to blender and process to form gel. Pour into squeeze bottle for service.


Spread spoonful of Dark Chocolate Cream on plate. Place 2 Pistachio Cake bars on plate. Pipe 3-4 dots of Blood Orange Gel on plate. Garnish with 2 pieces of Milk Chocolate Crunch. Scoop Hazelnut Gelato on top of Dark Chocolate Cream. Garnish with orange segments, blackberries, bachelor buttons, lemon basil and raspberries.


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