from Pastry Chef Zak Miller of Coquette, New Orleans, LA
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons stabilizer
1½ cups water
¾ cups glucose powder
1¾ cups milk
1¼ cups lemon juice
1 lemon, halved
½ cups blackberries, plus extra for serving
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 tea bags loose chamomile tea, plus extra for garnish
2½ sticks butter, cubed and softened
1 cup heavy cream
For Chamomile Meringue
3 egg whites
⅔ cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon finely ground chamomile tea, plus extra for sprinkling
Boil together the first 4 ingredients and then allow syrup to cool.
Once cooled, combine 1¼ cups syrup with milk and lemon juice and churn in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s
Squeeze lemon juice into a pot. Add lemon halves. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Spreadinto a shallow container and cool.
Once cool, remove vanilla bean and lemon halves.Strain the juice that has collected and reheat to reduce slightly for a thicker sauce.Set aside.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a pot. Bring to 185 degrees over highheat, whisking constantly. Strain and cool to 115 degrees.
Blend in butter with an immersion blender. Cool until set (overnight is best).Whip heavy cream until stiff. Fold equal parts of lemon curd andwhipped cream together with a few pinches of finely ground chamomile tea. Set aside.
Combine egg whites and ⅓ cup sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer. Whip on high until stiff and glossy—like shaving cream.
Fold in remaining sugar andtea. Pipe onto a nonstick mat in 3 different sizes (quarter, dime, andchocolate chip size).
Place in a 200-degree oven for 3–5 hours or until crispy. Set aside.
Place a teaspoon of blackberry sauce on side of each plate at approximatelyseven o’clock. Drag a spoon through sauce for a swoosh to the otherside of the plate. Place a line of blackberries at a 45-degree angle to sauce.
Top with 2 dollops of lemon curd cream and one large scoop of sherbet. Arrange various sizes of the meringues along the dessert. Give yourself a hug.