Fabulous Foie Gras with Pear, Gingerbread, Hazelnut and Sauternes | Berries and Spice

Foie gras au torchon, pear gel, gingerbread crumble, hazelnut sponge and Sauternes jelly. Sounds more complicated than it actually is, I promise!

Course: Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine: French, Fusion
Servings: 10 servings
  • 700 g foie gras terrine or torchon
Gingerbread crumble
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 30 g butter melted
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
Sauternes Jelly
  • 150 ml Sauternes wine
  • 4 g agar agar
Pear Gel
  • 3 very ripe pears soft to the touch
  • 6 g agar agar
Hazelnut Sponge
  • 20 g hazelnute ground into a fine powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 16 g flour
  • 20 g muscovado sugar
Gingerbread crumble
  1. To make the gingerbread crumble, heat your oven at 180ÂșC. Add all ingredients to a small food processor and blend well. Spread on parchment paper onto a tray, then bake until hard (about 20 minutes). When done, break it with your hands, then add it to a food processor and blend until you obtain the gingerbread crumbs. Make sure there are no big bits left.

Sauternes jelly
  1. For the Sauternes jelly, heat the Sauternes wine in a small pot. Once it starts simmering, cool it down a bit, then add the agar agar and mix well. Place in a rectangular box and set in the fridge for a couple of hours, then cut into cubes when serving. 

Pear gel
  1. For the pear gel, chop the pears finely and add them to a pot with a bit of water (2-3 tablespoons). Bring to simmer, then, when the pears become soft, crush them with your spoon. Boil for about 10-15 minutes, then strain through a sieve and discard the hard bits. Mix in the agar agar and set in the fridge. Before serving, use a hand blender to turn it into a gel. When plating, you can use a piping bag. 

Hazelnut sponge
  1. For the hazelnut sponge, mix all ingredients in a food processor. Add to a whipping siphon, then load it with 3 N2O capsules. Siphon the sponge into a plastic container, then microwave it at full power for 1.5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you wish to simplify the recipe even more, you can use hard gingerbread and blend it in a food processor. However, the homemade gingerbread in this recipe is less sweet and works well with plenty of other dishes, from fish to meat.

I highly recommend making your own foie gras - it's a lot cheaper than buying the ready made terrine and you'll see that despite the fact that you need to plan the recipe way in advance, it's not all that difficult to make. I used this recipe when I made mine.