Before Adriano Zumbo we all thought Macarons were those ugly coconut biscuits your Nana made. (Macaroons / Macarons... who knew that one little 'o' made such a difference?) The famous light as air (and sweet as sin) delectable treat really went next level when Zumbo got his hot little hands onto them. From Masterchef to Maccas the Macaron was suddenly EVERYWHERE!
Mr. Zumbo launched his dessert empire upon the meringue-y shell of this fragile treat.
So what a treat is was for me to attend a super special dessert workshop at Lake House to watch Mr Z. at work!
Adriano started the workshop with the world premiere of Date With Peter (Pumpkin Eater). This insanely luscious dessert is wintery and warm with a hint of spice and some very cool surprises and textures. The dessert was created in front of us by Adriano, the aroma from the ovens was seriously good, and I sooo wanted to lick the bowl - like, I really had to show restraint not to ask. Be proud of me people!!
This dessert is built with a sticky date cake and caramel maison, a spiced crème chantilly, toasted coffee crème brulee, pumpkin icecream (amazing) sesame seed wafers, orange passionfruit gel, orange passionfruit syrup and a fried mozzarella ball. (!!!!!!!!)
As an experienced eater of desserts I'd be happy with any ONE of these elements, but when served with eight of them, to be eaten together, I have to say, the experience was beyond heaven. (Again, restraint was shown not to lick the plate.... seeerrrious restraint.)
We were served generous samples, including each of the elements, and then Zumbo beautifully plated a generous serve of Date with Peter (Pumpkin Eater), which we all diligently lined up to take pretty photos of for Instagram.
Next up was another world premiere dessert... Apple Clouds. Oh there's some magic in this dish people... It's layers and layers of delicate flavours, on something like a chocolate crackle base. (But a totally grown-up chocolate crackle... Soooo good...) The Apple Cloud dessert includes an almond and liquorice frangipane, a milk sorbet, a vanilla panna cotta with a little lime zest, a caramelised tatin apple, the sable crumble, apple cider crème, AND a fragrant kefir lime and thyme foam. Again. I'd be happy to sit on the couch in my active wear, any night of the week with a big bowl of any of these elements. But together, it's some kind of alchemy. Adriano has a gift, in fact... he very well could be a genius. And I think we should be friends. I would be so happy to be his dessert guinea pig for the rest of my life.
Whilst conjuring his dessert magic, Melissa teased out a little of Adriano's story...
It all started in high school, he'd bake cakes to get himself out of trouble, his business started in his kitchen at home, and today Adriano has nine stores, employs over 150 people, he's working on his 4th book, and a line of kitchen appliances, and is currently hosting his own TV show - Zumbo's Just Desserts on Channel 7, (phew!!) with someone else we totally love... Rachel Khoo.
The Masterclass was deliciously inspirational. Zumbo is a man with a sweet tooth and a creative soul. He pushes flavours and ingredients sideways, and flips traditions upsidedown to create his visions of deliciousness. He's passionate about creativity and flavour and ain't about to quit sugar anytime soon. (A man after my heart.)
Lake House hosts regular Masterclasses at their Cooking School with renown chefs from all over the country. To find out who's coming to Daylesford next to spread a little cheffy inspo click here.
Follow Melissa's adventures in food at @fooderati on Instagram here.
And of course Adriano Zumbo is pretty much everywhere right now, go to zumbo.com.au to see what Mr. Macaron is doing next!
...And if you can 't quite conjure an Apple Cloud at home... there's always this box of love available at Coles...
- Kathy. x