Spiced Apple Clouds with Chai Foam

Adapted by StarChefs.com
October 2004
Yield: 12 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

Chai Foam Base
10 whole cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
8 whole white peppercorns
5 whole cloves
1 whole star anise
1 whole nutmeg, crushed
1/2 quart heavy cream
1/2 quart milk
2 ounces glucose
3/4 cup sugar, divided in half
1/2 ounce fresh ginger root , crushed
8 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 black tea bags
Caramelized Spiced Apples
10 granny smith apples (medium-sized), peeled, cored, and diced small
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 vanilla bean, scraped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1 ounce butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons apple brandy
Fritter Batter
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/3 cups warm milk
1/4 cup dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups high gluten flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 lemons, finely zested
oil for deep-frying

METHOD:

For Chai Foam Base:
Toast all the dry spices in a sauté pan. Bring cream, milk, glucose, half the sugar, ginger, and roasted spices to a boil in a saucepot. In a bowl, mix egg yolks, vanilla extract, and remaining sugar until smooth. Pour warm cream mixture over egg mix, whisking constantly. Return liquid to the pot, place back on the stove and cook until custard reaches 185°F and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Place 3 of the tea bags into warm custard and let steep for 5 minutes while chilling over an ice bath. Discard tea bags and allow mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, place remaining tea bag into custard, wrap tightly, and steep in the refrigerator overnight. Strain chai foam base through a chinois and place into syphon charger.

For Caramelized Spiced Apples:
In a large bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, vanilla bean scrapings, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace. Place a large skillet over high heat, and add butter. Once butter is smoking, add the apples and brown evenly on all sides for approximately 2 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over apples and toss to evenly coat. Continue to cook over high heat until sugar begins to caramelize, approximately 5 minutes. Take off heat and add the vanilla extract and brandy. Return to heat for 1 more minute. Spread apples onto a parchment-lined sheet pan to cool.

For Fritter Batter:
In a large stainless steel bowl combine the water and the warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast over and stir. Sprinkle the sugar and vanilla extract in and stir to combine. Add the flour, salt and lemon zest. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let ferment for about 1 hour. Stir batter and add spiced apples. Place mixture into a plastic container and refrigerate, about 30 minutes.

Heat fryer oil to 350°F. Scoop 1 ounce of batter into oil. Fry until golden, about 2 ½ minutes on each side. Drain fritter on paper towel. Repeat with remaining batter.

To Assemble and Serve:
Sprinkle fritters generously with powdered sugar. Dispense chai foam from syphon to garnish fritters and serve immediately.