This deliciously zingy pudding from Luke Holder gains another dimension from the crispy, spiced bread it is served with. You can buy pain d'epice from your local French deli. This dessert requires you to make a stock syrup before starting, which is achieved by boiling equal parts water and sugar until a syrup forms.
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To make the peach marinade, bring the sugar and water to the boil, then add the peaches and lemon verbena. Take off the heat and cover with cling film and allow to cool. When cool, peel the peaches and place back in the syrup
300ml of water
300g of sugar
2 white peaches, quartered
2 sprigs of lemon verbena
For the peach parfait, make a pâte à bombe by putting 200g of sugar and the glucose in a pan with enough water to make a paste. Put on the stove and bring up to 121°C. Whisk the yolks. Add the hot syrup and whisk until cold
200g of sugar
20ml of glucose
4 egg yolks
Add the peach purée and combine. Whisk the cream into soft peaks and add the peach and pâte à bombe mix. Whisk the the egg whites and the sugar until firm and fold through the mix. Pour into a container lined with cling film and freeze
1 tube of Boiron peach purée, reduced by half
20ml of peach schnapps
200ml of cream
4 egg whites
50g of sugar
For the lemon verbena sour cream blend all of the ingredients in a food processor and pass through a fine sieve
250ml of sour cream
100g of sugar
3 sprigs of lemon verbena
For the pain d'epice crisps, slice the bread extremely thinly. Place on a tray with the parchment paper. Brush with clarified butter and dust with icing sugar. Dry out in the oven at 100°C for 10 minutes or until crisp
1/2 pain d'epice loaf
1 knob of butter
icing sugar for dusting
Arrange all the components on a serving plate, top with the crisped bread and finish with a scattering of flaked almonds. Serve at once
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