Chef reinvents classic desserts with Skittles
Michelin-starred chef Michael O’Hare has put a sweet twist on classic desserts – using new Skittles Desserts sweets. The Great British Menu stalwart is renowned throughout fine dining circles for his distinctive and creative dishes.
But now, Michael has been tasked to take his avant-garde culinary expertise and apply it a range of beloved puddings, using the confectionary favourite.
This resulted in a Choco Orange Ganache, formed of deconstructed chocolate orange cake with chocolate ganache.
Next up was the Sweet and Smoky Strawberries, made by smoked strawberry ice cream with barbecued strawberries, garnished with silver leaf.
Third to be plated up was the Rainbow Alchemy, made of a serving of Skittles Desserts, each melted and reformed at a different temperature and dipped in a layer of coloured chocolate and cocoa butter casing – that bursts when bitten.
And finally, a Watermelon Tartare was given Michael’s creative treatment – he impregnated watermelon with essence from the tiny treats, and served with a strawberry ice-cream sorbet, also made from the sweets.
It comes after research of 2,000 adults found younger Brits are ditching traditional desserts – such as syllabub, figgy pudding, and cherries jubilee.
Of the 18-34-year-olds polled, 45 percent would skip dessert at home in favour of a bag of sweets on the sofa.
And just 13 percent have tucked into a Queen of Puddings before, while only 16 percent have enjoyed a Strawberry Fool.
It also emerged 43 percent of millennials would prefer to indulge in a lighter dessert, compared to 36 percent who would opt for a heavier pudding.
And 44 percent of these youngsters admit they never make desserts at home.
Ryan Pardo-Roques, chief fruity flavour alchemist at Mars Wrigley, which commissioned the research to mark the launch of its new dessert-flavoured sweets, said: “We pride ourselves on being innovative with our flavours, so we loved working with Michelin star chef Michael O’Hare, who shares our vision of a more fun-filled world of food experiences and creations.”
The research also found 69 percent of all Brits admit they have a sweet tooth – and 53 percent would opt for a sweet treat after their main when eating out, rather than a starter, if they had to pick one.
However, many believe certain sweet dishes sound old fashioned by today’s standards – with Spotted Dick (51 percent) and jam roly-poly (37 percent) most associated with times gone by.
Some recipes are even causing confusion, with many having no idea what ingredients are used to make them – as Syllabub (46 percent) and Queen of Puddings (42 percent) caused eyebrows to raise.
Of the home bakers polled, via OnePoll, two-thirds said apple crumble is the most popular dish rustled up in kitchens, followed by Victoria sponge (58 percent), and cheesecake (56 percent).
However, of those who don’t dare make a dessert at home, a third recognise they haven’t got the skill to pull it off.
It also emerged, on average, adults will have a dessert twice in a typical week.
And 38 percent claim they don’t feel full until they’ve had something sweet after their main meal – although 58 percent will just stick to what they know, rather than try something new.
Chef Michael O’Hare said: “Dessert is pleasure, simple as that – however, I wasn’t surprised to learn that dinner table desserts are on the decline.
“I’ve partnered with Skittles Desserts to help make desserts desirable once more, through these unique and delicious creations inspired by ordinary flavours experienced in an extra-ordinary way.”
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