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Dulcey crémeux with hemp seeds and crème fraîche yuzu sorbet

"A Maude interpretation of a deconstructed lemon tart: the crémeux (French for creamy) is a rich, velvety pudding balanced by the tart yuzu sorbet - one doesn't work here without the other," says Stone. "Of course, crunch is important and the snappy hemp-seed tuile is en pointe." Start this recipe a day ahead to make the sorbet and crémeux.

You'll need

Finely grated rind of 1 lemon   Crème fraîche yuzu sorbet 160 gm (2/3 cup) caster sugar 60 gm (½ cup) powdered glucose 625 gm (2½ cups) crème fraîche 185 ml (¾ cup) yuzu juice (see note)   Dulcey crémeux 2 egg yolks 1 tbsp caster sugar 125 ml (½ cup) each milk and thickened cream 1 titanium-strength gelatine leaf, softened in cold water for 5 minutes 145 gm Valrhona Dulcey chocolate (see note), melted   Hemp-seed tuiles 1 tbsp milk 25 gm unsalted butter 1½ tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp golden syrup (preferably Lyle’s Golden Syrup) 70 gm (½ cup) hemp seeds (see note)   Sablé biscuits 75 gm (½ cup) plain flour, sieved 1½ tbsp cornflour 60 gm unsalted butter, room temperature 40 gm (¼ cup) pure icing sugar 1 tbsp egg yolk (about 1 small yolk)   Hemp-seed streusel 110 gm (¾ cup) plain flour 2 tbsp caster sugar ¾ tsp baking powder 50 gm unsalted butter, frozen and coarsely grated 1 large eggwhite 2½ tbsp hemp seeds (see note)


  • 01
  • For crème fraîche yuzu sorbet, heat sugar, glucose and 125ml water over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until syrup reaches 84C on a sugar thermometer (4-5 minutes). Pour into a tall container, place in an ice bath to cool completely, then add crème fraîche, yuzu juice, and ¼ tsp salt, and blend with a handheld blender. Cover and refrigerate for flavours to develop (4 hours or overnight) then churn in an ice-cream machine. Sorbet mixture can be made up to 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated; frozen sorbet will keep for up to a week.
  • 02
  • For crémeux, whisk yolks, sugar and tsp salt in a bowl. Bring milk and cream just to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat, gradually whisk into yolk mixture, then return to pan and stir over low heat until thickened and mixture reaches 84C on a sugar thermometer (4-5 minutes). Squeeze excess water from gelatine, stir into milk mixture to dissolve, strain through a fine strainer then add to chocolate in 3 batches, stirring to incorporate between each addition. Transfer to a container, cover closely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set (6 hours or overnight). Crémeux can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  • 03
  • For hemp-seed tuiles, stir milk, butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, stir in hemp seeds, transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate until firm (4 hours). Preheat oven to 160C, spoon ¼ cup tuile batter onto each of 2 silicone mats, cover with plastic wrap, then roll tuile batter with a rolling pin to a 24cm x 32cm rectangle. Gently remove plastic, transfer mats to baking trays and bake until golden (8-10 minutes). Cool mats on a flat surface then, using a small offset spatula, carefully lift and break sheets into 3cm-5cm pieces and store in an airtight container in single layers separated with baking paper. Make extra to allow for breakage. Tuiles will keep for 2-3 days.
  • 04
  • For sablé biscuits, mix flour, cornflour and tsp salt in a small bowl. Beat butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer until pale and creamy (2-3 minutes), then beat in egg yolk. Reduce speed to low, then beat in flour mixture, scraping down sides of bowl, until dough just comes together. Turn out and form into a square, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (3 hours). Sablé dough will keep for 2 days, wrapped and refrigerated, or frozen for up to a month. Preheat oven to 160C and line an oven tray with baking paper. Roll dough between sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick then cut out twelve 5cm x 6cm, rectangles, transfer to prepared tray and refrigerate until firm (10-20 minutes). Bake until edges are golden (10-12 minutes), cool on trays, then store in an airtight container in single layers between pieces of baking paper.
  • 05
  • For hemp-seed streusel, beat flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, eggwhite and ¼ tsp salt in an electric mixer on medium speed until mixture comes together in small clumps (4-5 minutes), then mix in hemp seeds. Spread on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze until frozen (1 hour), then bake, stirring halfway through until golden (12-15 minutes). Cool on tray, finely chop ½ cup streusel, then store fine and coarse streusel in separate airtight containers until required. Streusel will keep for 2 weeks.
  • 06
  • To serve, stir crémeux until smooth, then transfer to a large pastry bag fitted with a large nozzle. Pipe a small dollop of crémeux in the centre of each serving plate and place sablé biscuit over it. Pipe crémeux alongside sablé, spoon a little chopped streusel alongside crémeux, scatter a little of the larger streusel over crémeux and gently place 2 hemp-seed tuiles into crémeux. Spoon sorbet onto chopped streusel, then finely grate lemon rind over the top and serve.

Note Yuzu juice is available from Japanese grocers. Valrhona Dulcey chocolate is available from select delicatessens. Hemp seeds are available from select health-food shops.

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  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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