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Smoked Lime and Vanilla Frozen Nougat with Beetroot Caramel and Lime Crumb

Serves 8
  • Steps
  • Ingredients

Steps

  • Preheat oven to 190C.
  • For the Smoked Lime and Vanilla Frozen Nougat, whip cream with the vanilla seeds until soft peaks form. Place egg whites into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk until they have doubled in size and just starting to hold their shape. Slowly add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until thick and glossy and sugar has dissolved.
  • Gently fold 1 tbsp of meringue through the whipped cream along with lime zest.
  • Gently fold cream meringue mixture back through remaining meringue until fully incorporated. Add lime juice and fold gently to combine.
  • Cover bowl of nougat mixture with cling film and insert hose from smoking gun. Set aside to allow to smoke for 5 mintues. Spoon into 8 x 6cm dome moulds and place into the freezer until firm.
  • For the Beetroot Caramel, thinly slice the beetroots using a mandolin. Place into a small saucepan with 20g of the caster sugar and ¾ cup water and simmer until beetroot is tender and liquid has strong beetroot flavour, about 5 minutes. Strain mixture, reserving liquid and keeping hot. Set beetroots aside.
  • Meanwhile, make a dry caramel by placing remaining caster sugar into a frypan over low heat and cook until sugar is a rich amber colour. It should smell bitter.
  • Degalze pan with the reserved beetroot liquid and whisk to combine. Add the warmed cream and whisk to combine. Return beetroot slices to the pan and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt then strain into a jug. Set aside until required.
  • For the Lime Crumb, combine ingredients in a bowl and mix to form a firm dough. Spread mixture onto a paper lined baking tray and bake until golden, about 12-15 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, place into a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb.
  • To serve, turn out Smoked Lime and Vanilla Frozen Nougat domes onto serving plates, scatter with Lime Crumb and serve Beetroot Caramel on the side. Scatter with extra lime zest.

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