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People love the natural ice cream and Fortin says jokingly that the restaurant founder, André Saint. Jacques, also loves it so he can't take it off the menu.
Fortin's love of creativity becomes clear when he's asked what he's working on next for his customers.
"At the moment, we're working on a Mexican chocolate dessert," he says.
It starts with chocolate ganache and includes sorbet and a chili meringue.
"We're working as well on a Pemberton potato dessert... potato ice cream with caramel," the pastry chef says. "This summer we will do something with tomato and olive oil."
He likes to have one item on his dessert menu with unique flavours, something only adventurous eaters will try.
"It is interesting," says Fortin of the unique flavours that aren't common in desserts. "It scares a lot of people but its good to have at least one on the menu for people that are really adventurous and go for it."
Fortin isn't just adventurous in the kitchen. He likes to hike and snowboard though this season a back issue has confined his adventurous spirit to the kitchen — a definite plus for the Bistro's clientele.
Neuchatel cheese, wild roses and raspberry tart
Breton dough ingredients
Rose Neuchatel cream ingredients
In a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and the lemon zest with the paddle attachment. Add the egg yolks. Then add all the dry ingredients previously sifted together. Mix until just combined. Roll out the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper. Refrigerate for two-three hours. Use a fork a make wholes all over the dough prior to baking. Pull the dough out of the refrigerator and with the help of your ring mold or cake mold and a knife cut the dough the size of the pre-greased mold. Reserve the extra dough for other use. Bake at 335F, 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown in color.
Use a good quality raspberry jam or make your own at home.
Using a small spatula or a spoon spread a thin layer of the jam at the bottom of the tart shell and keep aside.
Neuchatel and rose mousse
Prepare this ahead of time (the day before is ideal). Line your smaller ring mold with some saran wrap.Bring to a boil the small amount of cream with the dried roses and keep aside to infuse. Whip the rest of the cream until it gets a little bit of volume but without getting firm. It should be soft and still a bit runny (this will help you to mold the mousse properly). Keep the cream in the refrigerator until needed. In the mixer cream the neuchatel cheese with the lemon zest, the icing sugar and the rose water. Go back to your rose infusion and warm it again on the stove. Dissolve the gelatin in and strain this mixture over the cheese. Mix both together. Quickly fold the lightly whipped cream and mold this mousse right away. Make sure the surface of the mousse is smooth. If you need to use a spatula to flatten the surface. Freeze for Three hours or overnight is the best. To un mold the mousse, gently push the mousse out of the ring. You can also warm the side of the ring mold with the palm of your hand before pushing out the mousse gently. Quickly put the mousse in the middle of the tart shell.
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