Roquefort Terrine

Roquefort Terrine
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The start of the French Cheese Board’s Cheese Week in New York City, running from Feb. 21 to Feb. 26, was celebrated with a five-course lunch. Chefs from Les Mâitres Cuisiniers de France came together at Bar Boulud to celebrate the event with dishes they will feature for the week. Every one featured cheese in familiar — or unfamiliar — form. And each course was accompanied by French wines.The pièce de rèsistance of the lunch may very well have been the dessert created by chef Bernard Liberatore on Manhattan’s CORE Club — a Roquefort terrine, combining a cream of the emblematic blue cheese with a remarkable flavor of spice cake and pear and a quenelle of walnut ice cream. The pear and Roquefort flavors were a great match.Click here for the full story on the five-course lunch to celebrate New York's Cheese Week.
  • 2 ounce walnut halves
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounce egg yolk
  • 2 ounce sugar
  • 1/4 cup guinness
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 bartlett pears
  • 4 ounce sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 8 ounce roquefort
  • 3.5 ounce mascarpone
  • 3 sheets of gelatin
  • 2 halved, poached pears (see above)
  • pinch of agar-agar
  1. Toast the walnuts, then rough chop them.
  2. Bring the heavy cream, milk and the rough chopped walnuts to a boil then remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes, covered.
  3. Blanch the egg yolks and sugar.
  4. Bring the cream, milk, walnut liquid to a boil.
  5. Temper the yolk mixture and add it to the cream, milk, walnut mixture.
  6. Chill the mixture for an hour then follow ice cream maker directions to make the ice cream. Store in the freezer overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring beer and molasses to a boil in a large pot. Remove from heat. Add the baking soda which will foam up. Whisk and set aside.
  8. Whisk sugar and eggs together until they form a yellow ribbon. The slowly pour in the grape seed oil.
  9. Add beer and molasses mix to the sugar and egg mixture.
  10. Fold in dry ingredients, mixing carefully to eliminate any lumps.
  11. Line 1/4 sheet pan with parchment paper.
  12. Pour the cake mixture, tapping down the sheet pan.
  13. Bake for 12 until cake is done but still moist.
  14. Once cake is baked, weight it down using 2 quarter sheet pans. Let cake cool completely.
  15. First, poach the pears. Peel the pears, cut in half and core the pear. Bring the water, sugar, vanilla bean, star anise, cinnamon stick and the pears to a boil. Simmer on low for 25 minutes or until the pears are fully cooked and soft. Reserve the pear cooking liquid to use later. Cool the pears.
  16. Use 2 half pears for the gel and dice the rest into 3/8 inch pieces for the terrine.
  17. Next make the Roquefort Crème. Crumble the Roquefort and using the paddle on a stand mixer, blend in the mascarpone.
  18. Make the Pear and Roquefort Crème. Soak the gelatin in ice water. Fold the diced pear into the Roquefort crème. Warm 1/2 cup of the pear cooking liquid, melt the gelatin and add it to the pear and Roquefort mixture.
  19. In a blender or food processor, purée the pear halves to a smooth consistency.
  20. Put them in a pot and bring the purée to a boil, whisking in the agar. Cook for 1 minute.
  21. Wrap the pot in cling wrap and set aside.
  22. When the pear purée has set, mix in the blender or food processor again. Put the puree into a squeeze bottle to be ready for use.
  23. To assemble the Terrine:
  24. Cut the sheet cake into pieces, one 2/3 of the thickness and one 1/3. Put the 2/3 piece onto a plate or flat surface.
  25. Cover the entire surface of the cake with the pear Roquefort crème. Cover with the 1/3 cake, pressing down. Let set overnight in the fridge. Cut into squares.
  26. To finish the cake, apply a swirl of the Pear Gel on the plate from the center. Put a slice of the terrine slightly off center. Place randomly Fennel Blossoms on the Pear Gel. Put 2 pieces of Opaline on 2 of the blossoms. Quenelle the ice cream and place on the pear gel.