Umami Chocolate Panna Cotta, Maple Bacon Crisp
Umami rich mushrooms are steeped in rich chocolate than blended together for a smooth and creamy dessert topped with maple infused bacon crisps.
Author: Chef Jehangir Mehta
What You Need
- 3 pounds portabella
- 3 pounds maitake
- 4 pounds high quality chocolate (71%)
- 2 liters heavy cream
- 2 liters milk
- 10 sheets gelatin
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups maple syrup
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 pound king trumpet mushroom
- 1 pound rice flour
- salt and pepper
What You Do
- Finely chop chocolate and place in a large metal mixing bowl.
- In a large pot over medium heat, simmer sugar, milk and cream. Do not stir.
- Roughly chop maitake and portabella mushrooms. Add chopped mushrooms to warm milk and sugar mixture. Steep for 5-8 minutes.
- Bloom 10 sheets of gelatin (soak in cold water for 4-5 minutes). Squeeze out any excess water.
- Add limp gelatin to chocolate and whisk together.
- Place bacon on baking sheet. Bake in oven until crisp. Drizzle with maple syrup while still hot.
- Using an immersion blender, blend mushroom and milk mixture until foamy.
- Pour milk mixture through strainer or seeve into bowl with chopped chocolate and gelatin. Discard strained mushrooms. Whisk ingredients until chocolate is melted and gelatin is well incorporated.
- Place bowl in a large ice bath to bring mixture to room temperature.
- Ladle mixture into ramekins, bowls, or cups.
- Chill until panna cotta is set. Mix together flour, water, salt to form a batter. Using a mandolin, slice king mushrooms lengthwise. Dip mushrooms into tempura batter. Deep fry until the batter is crispy and mushroom is soft.
- To plate, place chilled panna cotta cup on plate and top with a tempura king mushrooms. Place bacon on plate alongside the cup. Drizzle with more maple if desired.