This audacious sweet pea panna cotta recipe from Simon Hulstone toes the line between starter and dessert, containing a few elements usually found in a sweet context - like mango sorbet and panna cotta. Don't let this put you off, though, the combination of savoury and sweet dazzles the tastebuds and makes for an exciting starter

For the mango and dashi sorbet, dissolve the glucose and dashi with the mango purée and water, churn in an ice cream maker and freeze until required
Churning ice cream and sorbet
If you turn the ice-cream maker on 5 minutes before churning, it will guarantee that the mixture being churned cools at a faster, more consistent rate. Check on the ice cream and sorbet as it churns and consult the ice cream maker's instruction manual before use
For the tuiles, start by making a beurre noisette. Heat the butter until it turns a nut-brown colour – immediately pass through a sieve into a cold pan to stop the cooking process and avoid burning
Weigh out 100ml of the beurre noisette and blend together with the egg white. Mix in the flour until smooth, then add the maple syrup
Add the crab stock and leave to rest for 6 hours. Once rested, spread the mixture evenly and thinly onto a non-stick slip mat and evenly sprinkle over sesame and black onion seeds
Preheat the oven to 145°C/gas mark 1.5
Cook the tuilles in the oven until they are slightly set. Remove from the oven and cut into 4cm squares, then place back into the oven for a further 4 minutes at 155°C. Using a palette knife, carefully remove the tuilles from the sheet and set aside until ready to serve
For the sweet pea panna cotta, bring all ingredients apart from the gelatine up to a gentle simmer for 5 minutes. Blitz and pass the liquid through a strainer and check seasoning
Soak 3/4 of a bronze leaf of gelatine in cold water until soft. Weigh out 400g of the sweet pea cream and whisk in the gelatine whilst still warm. Pour a small amount into the bottom of each serving glass and store in the fridge until set
Render the crab insensate by placing it in the freezer for and hour or so. Steam or boil the crab for 12-15 minutes depending on size and refresh in ice cold water
Meanwhile, make the mayonnaise by whisking the egg yolks, mustard and vinegar together in a large bowl. Whilst continuously whisking, pour in the oil in a slow, steady stream so that it emulsifies and thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise. Season and store in the fridge until required
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Crack the crab claws and pick out all the white crab meat. Pick through the meat a few times to remove all the shell. Mix with a small amount of the mayonnaise until the right consistency and check for seasoning
Remove all of the brown meat from the crab's body and mix with breadcrumbs. Season and mix until it has a more pliable consistency
Peel the lemons, keeping the strips as whole as possible. Blanch them 3 times in separate pans of boiling water
Meanwhile, to make a stock syrup, combine the white wine vinegar and sugar in a pan and reduce until you are left with a syrupy consistency. Remove from the heat and chill
Slice the blanched lemon very thinly and add the slices to the chilled syrup
To serve, place a spoonful of crab mayonnaise onto each pea panna cotta and flatten down. Top with the popped garden peas, the confit lemon strips, followed by the sweet cicely and or pea shoots
Make sandwiches using the tuiles and the brown crab meat and serve next to the panna cotta on each plate. Arrange a quenelle of the mango and dashi sorbet on the top of each panna cotta and serve
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Sweet pea panna cotta

  • 300ml of chicken stock
  • 335g of peas
  • 150g of unsalted butter
  • 50ml of double cream
  • 20g of caster sugar
  • 8g of salt
  • 3/4 bronze gelatine leaf

Crab mayonnaise

  • 1 crab, live
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 200ml of vegetable oil
  • 1 handful of breadcrumbs

Brown crab toast

  • 122g of unsalted butter
  • 100g of egg white
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 480ml of maple syrup
  • 35ml of reduced crab stock
  • sesame seeds
  • black onion seeds

Mango and dashi sorbet

  • 200g of mango purée
  • 200ml of water
  • 40ml of glucose syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp of dashi

Confit lemon

  • 2 lemons
  • 30g of sugar
  • 30ml of white wine vinegar

To serve


  1. Ice cream maker

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