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      RECIPE TITLE "Lemongrass-Infused Indian Red Peach Consommé with Peach Sherbet"
    recipe from Charlie Trotter's Desserts Copyright 1998 by Charlie Trotter

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    This is a great way to enjoy the purity of the flavor of Granny Smith apples. The crispy, fried fritter belies the refined, simple beauty of the soup, and a meaty piece of poached apple bridges the two disparate components. Much of this dish can be prepared in advance because only the fritter has to be made at the last minute. A scoop of vanilla ice cream can be placed on top of the fritter to add richness and a wonderful temperature contrast.


    6 cups apple cider
    1 cinnamon stick
    ½ cup sugar
    3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    2 whole allspice berries
    2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
    1 cup white wine
    ½ cup honey
    ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    Apple Fritters (recipe follows)

    Charlie Trotter's Desserts
    Charlie Trotter's Desserts Expect the unexpected in this gorgeous collection of over 205 show-stopping desserts, based on ingredients ranging from delightfully familiar (berries, custards and spices) to the unusual (vegetable and grain based). Once again, Charlie shows us why he's the master. Not for beginners!!


    METHOD To make the soup: Cook the apple cider, cinnamon stick, sugar, lemon juice, orange zest, and allspice over medium heat for 30 minutes, or until reduced by half. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Warm before serving.

    To make the apple rings: Cut each apple crosswise into three ¼-inch-thick slices. Bring the white wine, honey, and nutmeg to a boil. Add the apple slices and simmer for 15 minutes, or until tender. Set aside in the poaching liquid and warm before serving.

    ASSEMBLY Place a warm poached apple slice in the center of each bowl. Pour in some of the warm soup and place an Apple Fritter on top of the apple slices.

    Apple Fritters

    Yield: 12 to 15 fritters

    ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons bread flour
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1 egg, separated
    3 tablespoons granulated sugar
    ½ teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest
    ½ cup sweet white wine
    Pulp of 1 vanilla bean
    2 apples, peeled and cut in 1/8-inch julienne
    Oil, for deep-frying
    Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

    METHOD Sift together the flour and salt. Mix the egg yolk, 1½ tablespoons of the granulated sugar, and the lemon zest in a separate bowl until just combined. Add the wine and vanilla to the egg mixture and stir the mixture into the flour until completely smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Just before serving, whip the egg white until foamy. Slowly add the remaining 1½ tablespoons granulated sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites and julienned apples into the batter until just combined.

    Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Using a fork, lift some of the batter from the bowl and drop it into the hot oil. Cook the fritter for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove to paper towels to drain, let cool slightly, and dust with confectioners' sugar.

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