Pickled Pear with Airy Chamomile and Thyme

Taste, vision, colour and smell are at the centre of the dining experience of AOC, one of Copenhagen finest restaurants.

At Søren Selin’s kitchen, every day is dedicated to seek a way to emphasise the wonders of local Nordic nature as well as developing dishes with the latest techniques and styles. The gastronomic philosophy is positioned from a modern style, using fresh Nordic produce sourced from both the earth and sea – a concept of pure savour.

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It’s not often you walk into a restaurant with two Michelin stars located in a mansion and find that it smells just like home. But walk through the doors of AOC and the smell of wood smoke and reduced bouillon of Jerusalem artichokes hits you like a double shot of aquavit; a hunger-rousing welcome for anyone who loves good food.

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This recipe is but one example of the wonderful display of talent and passion that can be found in AOC’s menus.

“Raw pickled pear filled with airy gel of chamomile tea and thyme cloud”

Pickled Pear with Airy Chamomile and Thyme
 
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Ingredients
Fresh pear ribbons:
  • 5 pcs Clara Friis pears
  • Cut the pears on a Japanese mandolin.
  • Cut the ribbons to 3,5 cm * 10 cm. Roll them.
Fresh pear cylinders:
  • 5 pcs Clara Friis pears
  • Punch out in the same size as you rolled the pear ribbons.
Chamomile gele:
  • 300 g white chocolate
  • 1,5 L milk
  • 45 g dried chamomile
  • 10 sheets gelatine
  • Make an infusion with the chamomile and milk at 40 degrees.
  • Strain the chamomile infusion. Melt the white chocolate. Add the infusion into the chocolate very slowly and make sure to make a perfect emulsion.
Chamomile cloud:
  • 5 dL lemon juice
  • 5 dL water
  • 250 g sugar
  • 30 g chamomile
  • 20 sheets gelatine
  • Heat the lemon juice, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pack in vacuum and leave to rest for 24 hour.
  • Freeze half of the infusion to slush ice consistency. Heat the other half to 80 degrees and add the gelatine.
  • Whisk the two parts together and keep whisking until it foams up.
  • Keep in the fridge.
Pear Broken gel:
  • 1 L Clara Friis pear juice
  • 250 g homemade pear cider
  • 12 g gellan
  • Boil all ingredients for 30 seconds, set a side until cold, blend smooth.
Thyme and thyme oil:
  • 1 pt thyme
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Take a side the best leaves for decoration.
  • Blend the rest of the thyme with rapeseed oil. 1 part thyme to 1 part oil.
  • Keep blending until you get a dark green colour and taste of thyme.
Cold chamomile tea:
  • 1 dL lemon juice
  • 1 dL water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 6 g chamomile
  • Heat the lemon juice, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pack in vacuum and leave to rest for 24 hours.
  • Mix the tea, 1 part infusion to 1 part mineral water.
Serving:
  • 1 pt Soft thyme
  • 1 pt Thyme from Greenland
  • Thyme flowers
Instructions
Fresh pear ribbons:
  1. pcs Clara Friis pears
  2. Cut the pears on a Japanese mandolin.
  3. Cut the ribbons to 3,5 cm * 10 cm. Roll them.
Fresh pear cylinders:
  1. Punch out in the same size as you rolled the pear ribbons.
Chamomile gele:
  1. Make an infusion with the chamomile and milk at 40 degrees.
  2. Strain the chamomile infusion. Melt the white chocolate. Add the infusion into the chocolate very slowly and make sure to make a perfect emulsion.
Chamomile cloud:
  1. Heat the lemon juice, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pack in vacuum and leave to rest for 24 hour.
  2. Freeze half of the infusion to slush ice consistency. Heat the other half to 80 degrees and add the gelatine.
  3. Whisk the two parts together and keep whisking until it foams up.
  4. Keep in the fridge.
Pear Broken gel:
  1. Boil all ingredients for 30 seconds, set a side until cold, blend smooth.
Thyme and thyme oil:
  1. Take a side the best leaves for decoration.
  2. Blend the rest of the thyme with rapeseed oil. 1 part thyme to 1 part oil.
  3. Keep blending until you get a dark green color and taste of thyme.
Cold chamomile tea:
  1. Heat the lemon juice, water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pack in vacuum and leave to rest for 24 hours.
  2. Mix the tea, 1 part infusion to 1 part mineral water.
Serving:
  1. Put 5 rolled ribbons in each plate. Fill these half with chamomile gel and broken gel. Finish the ribbons with thyme oil.
  2. Place the 3 pear cylinders next to the rolled ribbons. Break 3 pieces of chamomile cloud out and leave one on top and two on the sides of the ribbons.
  3. Decorate every dessert with 10 of each leaves and five thyme flowers.
  4. Finish the dessert table side with two spoons of chilled chamomile tea.

 

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