Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Paahdejälkkäri (Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Syrup and Mascarpone)

This is my entry for the Finnish food blog challenge for June-July, the theme of which was grilled food. There's a writeup and recipe in English after the Finnish versions, as usual.

Hupsista! Ihan meinasi unhottua koko ruokahaaste kesähuumassa vaikka jatkoaikaa saatiin peräti kuukauden verran. Teemana siis Polkkiksen valitsema grilliruoka, mikä kyllä allekirjoittaneelle oli iiiihan vieras toimialue, rahkalassa kun noudatetaan perinteisiä sukupuolirooleja keittiöhommissa ja jätetään grillaaminen miehille. (Tai äidille. Tai kelletahansa vaan tulta pelkäämättömälle.) Nyt on sitten koko kesä grillailtu, ja meikäläiseltä sujuu jo ainakin vihannesten ja kalan grillaaminen Ihan Hyvin. Kanallekin on löytynyt suosikkigrillimarinadi jonka itse asiassa piti päästä haastevastaukseksi kun sitä on jo monenmonta kertaa kokeiltu ja aina hyväksi todettu, mutta kuinka ollakaan aika loppui kesken ja piti keksiä jotain kivaa pikaruokaa.

Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Syrup and Mascarpone

Tai siis pikajälkiruokaa. Ettei vaan makeiden haastevastausten suora katkea. Noin yleisesti ottaen en ole mikään hedelmäfani - c-vitamiinit uppoavat paremmin marjojen ja vihannesten muodossa - mutta kuinka ollakaan grillissä nektariineistakin kehkeytyi ihan muhkea jälkkäri, pieni pala auringonpaahdetta sateista iltaa ilostuttamaan. Tästä voitaneen kiittää varsinkin balsamicosiirappia, jota voisi melkein syöda ihan sellaisenaan jäden tai marjojen kera...

Paahdejälkkäri näyttää vaikeatekoisemmalta kuin on, lähinnä ehkä siksi että se koostuu neljästä osasta: sokerissa paahdetuista pistaaseista (voi korvata tavallisilla pähkinöillä), sitruunamehulla notkistetusta mascarponejuustosta (voi korvata esimerkiksi vaniljajädellä), balsamicosiirapista (koko reseptin juju, ja suoraan sanottuna ihan ilmiömäisen hyvää) ja sitten itse nektariineista (voi korvata vaikka persikoilla). Kaikki osaset kuitenkin valmistuvat alta aikayksikön, ja kaiken paitsi grillaamisen voi sitäpaitsi valmistella hyvissä ajoin.

Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Syrup and Mascarpone

In English: I seem to be making a habit of running very very late with my food challenge posts. This time I have an excuse though: after spending the first half of the summer learning how to grill (when it comes to cooking we subsrcibe to traditional gender roles in this household, and so as a girly-girl I usually stay well clear of the grill), I completely forgot about the whole thing until Polkkapossu posted a reminder. Yesterday. For today. Eeek!

This may seem like a complicated recipe, and it does consist of several different parts: a pistachio brittle type thing (I'm sure plain nuts would also be lovely); mascarpone softened with a bit of lemon juice (I wouldn't say no to vanilla ice cream); a syrup made with balsamic vinegar (this is, quite frankly, genius, so shouldn't be fiddled with) and grilled nectarines (peaches would do as well, I think). So, sort of involved, yes, but all of these are fairly quick and very easy, and you can make everything except the grilled nectarines well ahead.

Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Syrup and Mascarpone

The balsamic syrup is really amazingly good, both sweet and tart and somehow rounded - I actually think it could stand completely on its own as a sauce for ice cream or berries. As it is, it made a fabulous glaze for the grilled fruit, and I'm not even someone who likes fruit very much (give me berries any day).

Grillatut nektariinit mascarponella ja balsamicosiirapilla
neljälle, inspis haettu täältä

pistaasit:
noin desi kuorittuja pistaasipähköitä, karkeasti rouhittuna
½ rkl voita
2 rkl fariinisokeria

Sulata voi ja sokeria kasarissa, sekoita joukkoon pähkinät ja pidä liedellä kunnes sokeri kuplii ja tihenee. Levitä pähkinäseos lautaselle ja siirrä jääkaappiin jäähtymään.

balsamicosiirappi:
25 g voita
2 rkl balsamicoviiniettikkaa
¾ dl fariinisokeria

Sulata voi ja sokeri kasarissa, lisää balsamico ja kiehauta. Anna kiehua miedolla lämmöllä kunnes seos tihenee, 5-10 min.

mascarpone:
200 g mascarponejuustoa
4 rkl sitruunamehua
(1 rkl tomusokeria)

Notkista mascarpone sitruunamehulla. Sokerisyöpöt (esmes minä) lisäävät hiukkasen tomusokeria makeuttamaan.

nektariinit
4 suht pehmeää nektariinia
1 rkl sokeria
1 rkl sitruunamehua

Halkaise nektariinit ja poista kivi. Ripottele leikkuupinnalle sokeria ja sitruunamehua ja anna seistä sen aikaa kun grilli lämpiää. Sivele balsamicosiirapilla ja grillaa keskilämmöllä kymmenisen minuuttia, pari kertaa kääntäen. Annostele kuumien nektariinipuolikkaiden päälle mascarponea ja pistaaseja ja kruunaa koko komeus lopuilla kastikejämillä. Oli muuten hitusen vaikea kuvattava.

Grilled Nectarines with Balsamic Syrup and Mascarpone
serves 4, inspired by this recipe

for the pistachios:
about half a cup of pistachios, roughly chopped
½ tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the pistachios and sugar and stir on medium heat until the sugar starts to bubble and thicken. Spread the pistachios on a plate and transfer to the fridge to cool

for the balsamic syrup:
25 g (2 tbsp) butter
2 tbsp red balsamic vinegar
75 ml / 2½ fl oz brown sugar

Melt sugar and butter in a pan, add balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil. Simmer on a medium-low heat unti the syrup starts to thicken.

for the mascarpone:
200 g mascarpone cheese
4 tbsp lemon juice
(1 tbsp confectioners' sugar)

Soften the mascarpone with lemon juice. If you have a sweet tooth like me, add some confectioners' sugar.

for the nectarines
4 more or less ripe nectarines
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Halve the nectarines, remove the pits. Sprinkle with sugar and lemon juice. Heat the grill to medium-high, brush the nectarines with the balsamic syrup glaze and grill until nice and soft (about ten minutes for me), turning a few times. To assemble, dot each fruit half with a bit of mascarpone, sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with leftover balsamic syrup. Serve immediately.

60 comments:

Niamheen said...

Lovely recipe & beautiful photographs.

Brilynn said...

Those pics are to die for! And that recipe sounds fabulous.

Anne said...

I can only echo Brilynn's comments - beautiful pictures AND a wonderful recipe! :)

Orchidea said...

It sounds good... and it looks very good!
Ciao.

Monkey Wrangler said...

Oh my word. Oh. My. I'm gonna go fire up the grill, because we have a substitute in some peaches, and this can't wait. I'll eat the nuts and ice cream later.

Polkkapossu said...

Ansaitut onnittelut ;)

oliivia said...

Onnittelut rahkaköökkiin, täytyy tunnustaa että minun ääni meni (taas) tähän suuntaan!

Välispiikki said...

Congrats, Sweet Nectarines!

Mikämikämikä on elokuun haasteen aihe :-)

deinin said...

Niamheen, thanks!

Brilynn, I was SO happy when the pictures turned out just as well as the actual dish.

Anne, I'm not even a fruit-loving person and I can tell you right now this is going to be a staple.

Orchidea, thanks!

Monkey Wrangler, hee! I think the cool-and-creamy aspect of ice cream or mascarpone (or whipped cream or cream cheese or... you get the drift) is fairly important.

Polkkapossu, Oliivia & Välispiikki: kiitos! Toivottavasti tämä haastehoustaus sujuu multakin jotenkin :)

Jeanne said...

OMG, I mage grilled nedtarines too, but they don't look like *that*!! Those are absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous and I am definitely going to give the balsamic syrup a whirl. Inspiring photographs!

deinin said...

Jeanne, I know, aren't they gorgeous? I know you're not supposed to say stuff like that about your own cooking, but I feel like there was very little skill involved - I'm thinking it's all about the syrup, making it all beautifully glossy and stuff.

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