Pear Tart with Maple Ice Cream

This was the fifth and last course to my Friendsgiving 2017 dinner.

Originally, I had planned a Cranberry & Pear Tart with Almond Cream – a dessert that I haven’t made before and that I was excited about! But two days before the big day, I was craving more traditional Thanksgiving flavors so I decided to make a pear tart because if you don’t satisfy your cravings, very bad things can happen next… e.g. a sweet-tooth rampage.

I would have been totally okay with just serving a wedge of Pear Tart but to make it nice, I also served it with some homemade Maple Ice Cream and Ground Candied Pecans.

Savory Ice Cream Salad

This was the first course to my Friendsgiving 2017 dinner.

I’ve been hosting Friendsgiving Dinner at my home since 2008, and that was still back in Austin. This is the second consecutive year where I have had only three other people eating Friendsgiving dinner. I’m worn out. Cooking and serving for four people is more manageable when it’s only myself.

The menu went through many changes and revisions. I had originally had the 3rd course as the 1st course. I wanted to start the first course to be something that I haven’t done before and to be something completely unexpected so this is what I came up with. As my regular guests can attest, they were blown away by this course and so was I.

We did have a little hiccup before serving the first course. The lemon foam exploded from the iSi dispenser because there was too much pressure, so there were egg white and lemon juice all over my kitchen walls and on/in my face/eyes! Aaaaackkk!!!

Here is a Savory Ice Cream Salad, which consists of Goat’s Milk Ice Cream, Pumpernickel Soil, Lemon Foam, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt, and Baby Mesclun Greens.

Chocolate Caramel Bombé with Kahlúa

This was a chocolate dessert that I had created at Jasmine’s. A bombé is traditionally a frozen dome-shaped dessert with two or more layers of ice cream. In mine, the layers were Caramel and a Kahlúa Whipped Crème Fraîche encased in Dark Chocolate, served with Coffee Whipped Cream, Graham Crackers, and Chocolate Mint.