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Chef Pascal Barbot of L’ Astrance– Paris, France on

Chef Pascal Barbot

4 rue Beethoven
Paris 75016
(01) 40-50-84-40

Tomatoes and Tomatoes….and Wild Sorrel White Chocolate
Chef Pascal Barbot of Astrance – Paris, France
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Chef Pascal Barbot's Tomatoes and Tomatoes….and Wild Sorrel White Chocolate on

Chef Pascal Barbot's Tomatoes and Tomatoes….and Wild Sorrel White Chocolate

Yield: 4 Servings


    Tomato Tart:
  • 50 grams red current jelly (or other clear red jelly)
  • Assortment of heirloom tomatoes (Pineapple, Green Zebra, etc.)
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 20 grams sugar
  • Wild sorrel leaves

    Sorrel White Chocolate:
  • 200 grams white chocolate
  • 1 gelatin sheet
  • 100 grams wild sorrel leaves

For the Tomatoes:
Melt the red current jelly over medium heat, stirring gently. Let cool slightly. Slice the heirloom tomatoes and glaze cut sides with the warm jelly. Set aside for garnish. Slice the 4 remaining tomatoes and season with sugar. Set aside for 15 minutes to macerate. Taste and adjust sweetness if necessary. Place a layer of sugared tomatoes in a circle to create a small round tart. Top with a layer of wild sorrel leaves and repeat with a second layer, ending with a layer of tomatoes. Repeat to create a second tomato tart.

For the White Chocolate:
Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly. Soften the gelatin in cold water. Place the wild sorrel leaves in a large bowl. Pour the warm chocolate over the petals. Drain the softened gelatin sheet and stir it into the chocolate mixture. Stir well to combine. Pass the chocolate mixture through a chinoise into a Pacojet bowl. Process the chocolate mixture in the Pacojet.

To Assemble:
Cut the tomato tart in half and place a half on the left side of each of four plates. Place a scoop of the white chocolate mixture on the right side of each of the four plates.

Wine Pairing:
A lightly-sweet sparkling red like the Coppo Barachetto d'Acqui from Italy.

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  •    Published: July 2006
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