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Episode 41 - Puffed Sorghum, Parfait with Ant, Sorghum and Amcha Powder Praline

Jessie Spiby

Puffed Sorghum, Parfait with Ant, Sorghum and Amcha Powder Praline, and Achacha and Amcha Caramel

Serves 4


Puffed Sorghum

250 ml grapeseed oil

55g (1/4 cup) sorghum



300ml cream

3 egg yolks

100g sugar

3 tsp amchur powder

3 tsp coffee flour

3/4 cup puffed sorghum (from above)



1 tbsp ants

1/4 cup puffed sorghum (from above)

225g sugar

Pinch of salt



225g sugar

2 tbsp cream

2 tbsp amcha powder

1 tbsp coffee flour

Salt, to taste



60g butter

80g flour

1 tbsp sugar

Salt, to taste


Achacha Skins

335g sugar

375ml water

skins from 200g achcha




Amchur powder

Coffee flour


  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • To make the puffed sorghum, heat grapeseed oil to180C. Drop sorghum into hot oil and cook until puffed. Remove form oil and drain on kitchen towel.
  • For the parfait, whip the cream to soft peaks. Over a pan of boiling water, whisk yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl until double in size, and thick and pale. Gently fold in amcha and coffee flour and puffed sorghum. Pour into 12 silicon dome moulds and set aside in the freezer.
  • For the praline, line a tray with baking paper. Sprinkle with ants and sorghum. Place sugar in a pan and heat until dark brown. Shake the pan to heat the sugar evenly. Once it reaches a dark brown colour, pour onto ants and sorghum, sprinkle with salt and allow to cool and set. Once set, transfer to a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  • For the caramel, heat sugar in a pan until it reaches a dark brown colour. Immediately whisk in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • For the crumb, line a baking tray with baking paper. Place all of the crumb ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle onto a tray and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and transfer to a food processor again. Blitz to a fine crumb.
  • For the achacha skins, heat sugar and water in a saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, place achacha skins in the sugar syrup and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from syrup and finely slice. Mix the skins into the caramel sauce.
  • To assemble, mix together the garnish ingredients. Spoon caramel sauce into the middle of the plates. Place a spoonful of crumb mixture into the middle of the sauce and add praline. Place 3 spheres of parfait onto each plate and top with puffed sorghum, more praline and small spoonfuls of caramel with achacha skins.