Ingot parfait, fermented blackcurrants, linseed cracker

Ingot parfait, fermented blackcurrants, linseed cracker

This recipe for Ingot goat's cheese parfait is set in moulds, and garnished with bright pink beetroot powder, quince jelly, fermented blackcurrants, thyme oil and caramelised walnuts. It's an elegant and eye-catching starter.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    To make the fermented blackcurrants, mix the blackcurrants, water and table salt together with the thyme. Place in a sterilised sealed jar and leave at room temperature for 1 week.
  2. Step 2

    After 1 week, in a small pan bring the sugar and water to a simmer. Leave to one side to cool
  3. Step 3

    Once cool, pour this over the blackcurrants and store in the fridge until needed
  4. Step 4

    Note: If you don’t want to wait for the blackcurrants to ferment, you could also simply bring the sugar, water and thyme to a simmer in a pan and pour it directly over the blackcurrants, then leave them infuse in the fridge
  5. Step 5

    To make the quince jelly purée, add the quince to a tall pan with the sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 hours, topping up with water when necessary
  6. Step 6

    Strain the liquid through a fine tea towel or muslin cloth
  7. Step 7

    Add the liquid to a pan and reduce to 1 ltr, then add the agar agar and boil for two minutes
  8. Step 8

    Pour into a container and leave to cool before transferring to the fridge to set
  9. Step 9

    Once set, transfer to a jug blender and blend to a smooth puree. Store in the fridge until needed
  10. Step 10

    Next make the Ingot parfait. Melt the Ingot cheese and cream over a low heat in a saucepan, until you have a smooth consistency. Leave to cool at room temperature
  11. Step 11

    Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks, sugar and water together in a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Keep whisking until you have the parfait reaches thick sabayon consistency (it will hold a faint ribbon when shape when dropped from a spoon onto the surface of the parfait). This will take around 8 minutes
  12. Step 12

    Once cooked, set the bowl over a bowl or sink-full of cold water, and whisk until cool
  13. Step 13

    In a separate bowl, whisk the cream to soft peaks
  14. Step 14

    Add the sabayon and cheese (when both are cold) to the whipped cream and carefully fold all three mixtures together using a rubber spatula and season with a pinch of salt
  15. Step 15

    Spoon or pipe the mixture into your desired moulds, lining these with parchment paper if necessary. At the restaurant we use silicon moulds so we can just push the parfait out easily
  16. Step 16

    Place the moulds into your freezer and freeze. This will usually take between 8 and 12 hours
  17. Step 17

    To make the linseed cracker, first preheat the oven to 165°C/gas mark 3
  18. Step 18

    Blend the oats to a fine flour
  19. Step 19

    Add the blended oats, along with the flour, oil, salt, baking powder and water to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment
  20. Step 20

    Bring the ingredients together to form a dough and work for 5 minutes before wrapping in cling film and resting in the fridge for 1 hour
  21. Step 21

    Once rested, roll the dough with a rolling pin until it is an oblong about 2cm thick. Roll it through a pasta machine, starting at the thickest setting and working downwards, until it is around 1.5-2mm in thickness. This should be around a third of the way through your settings, e.g. setting 7 of 10
  22. Step 22

    Using a 10cm disk cutter cut out circles from the cracker dough - you’ll need at least one disk per person
  23. Step 23

    Place the disks onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Carefully brush or spray a thin film of water onto the disks and scatter over the linseeds to cover the surface
  24. Step 24

    Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, turning the tray halfway through
  25. Step 25

    Once cooked, leave to cool at room temperature then store in an airtight container
  26. Step 26

    To make the thyme oil, add the thyme and oil to a small saucepan and heat up to 100°C
  27. Step 27

    Remove the oil from the heat and leave to infuse for 1 hour before straining through a fine sieve, reserving the thyme for a garnish later
  28. Step 28

    For the caramelised walnuts, first place the walnuts, sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer for 1 hour until the walnuts soften. They will keep their shape but become a little more malleable
  29. Step 29

    In a deep pan carefully heat the vegetable oil to 180°C
  30. Step 30

    Using a sieve or kitchen spider carefully drain the walnuts from the sugar syrup, and leave to one side for the excess sugar syrup to drop off
  31. Step 31

    Fry the walnuts in the oil for 3-4 minutes until they turn a deep brown colour. Make sure you fry them in small batches so the oil doesn’t boil over
  32. Step 32

    Scatter the walnuts onto a tray to cool at room temperature and season with fine table salt whilst they’re still warm
  33. Step 33

    Once cool, store in an airtight container until needed
  34. Step 34

    To serve, remove your parfait from the freezer and unmold, placing the parfait onto the bottom of your bowls
  35. Step 35

    Spoon over the fermented blackcurrants along with some of the blackcurrant liquid and finish with a few spoonfuls of thyme oil
  36. Step 36

    Whilst the parfait tempers (softens) dress the linseed cracker. Sieve a small amount of beetroot powder onto the surface and place a few drops of quince jelly puree, broken caramelised walnuts, edible flowers and thyme leaves onto the cracker
  37. Step 37

    Serve with the cracker on top of the parfait or alongside it