Save Room for Dessert with Serena Chow of Pearl & Ash Slideshow

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Jane Bruce

The Fernet-branca Ice Cream Sandwich at Pearl & Ash is their most popular dessert.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Jane Bruce

The Fernet-branca Ice Cream Sandwich at Pearl & Ash is their most popular dessert.

Inspiration

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"I try to find inspiration at the farmer's market or dining out around the city," chef Serena Chow adds, "I try to experiment with my desserts for family meal at Pearl & Ash, and, if they're a crowd favorite, find a way to transform it into a plated dessert that our guests can enjoy as well."

Ingredients

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Selecting ingredients for pastry can sometimes be very dependent on the seasons. But year-round chef Chow says, "I've also developed an appreciation for honey and for raw sugars."

Mastery

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Chef Chow has spent hours and hours honing her skills but she says the first dessert she mastered was "the fig dessert for Pearl & Ash. It had fresh figs, anise hyssop, pickled figs in balsamic vinegar, honey brittle and a yogurt sorbet."

Choosing a Favorite

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When discussing her favorites, chef Chow says, "I love experimenting with making different ice creams and sorbets."

Cara Cara Orange, Pistachio and Graham Cracker

Jane Bruce

A mix of colors and textures, this dessert is not only beautiful but also delicious.

Pumpkin, cranberry, white chocolate

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Chef Chow's desserts don't take up a lot of room on the plate, but they pack a lot of flavor.