The picture in our cookbook made the crémeux look like a scoop of ice cream…that is what it looks like, but it is actually harder to describe than that. It is mousse-like, ganache-like, or more simply a pastry cream thickened with gelatin. It did seem like the perfect dessert for this hot California summer….hottest July on record!
Few of my thoughts:
I struggled with the custard portion of the crémeux. At least I think I struggled. I actually made the custard twice, making a determined effort the second time to get a more silky result. Same result both times…ugh. Maybe my expectations weren’t correct. I was expecting a pastry cream and it just wasn’t the same consistency. I went ahead and used the second custard I made, and it seemed just fine. Anyone else with that problem? Also, this was very rich…very rich. It did seem like you were eating ganache rather than a cream and only needed a small amount.
I am not a wine fan…or a cherry fan for that matter, but interestingly the process of the wine poaching smelled really good…and the syrup tasted pretty good too.
The cocoa crumbs we have made before…and honestly those could be added on any dessert. So simple, yet so good.
I wasn’t sure how this dessert was going to go over…pretty gourmet for my tasting crew, but this is what it is all about. Unless we went to a French restaurant, where would we ever get to try something as grand as this??
Imagine my surprise then when I get this text:
“Hey Kim, Do you have any more of the dessert? It was fantastic. Mom and I think it displaced one of the top 5!!”
I was like whoa! Who knew?!! I told my husband and son, you need to try this because my parents loved it. They were a little skeptical, but are always my trusted and loyal tasters. Honestly, sharing my creations is the best part of the baking. I am always curious what others think since I am not a dessert lover.
They were not so blown away…they enjoyed it, but couldn’t quite embrace loving it. They both kept saying it was interesting…and rich. They are not cherry fans so I am sure that had something to do with it. I tried a bite without the cherries and enjoyed the flavors and the crumbs.
All in all, fun as usual. Not sure I would make this again, that is unless my parents requested it. 🙂