Seasonal Fruit Skewers Coated with Rock Sugar

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

New Beijing Cuisine

New Beijing Cuisine

By Jereme Leung

Published 2010

  • About

Better known as bing tang hu lu, this dessert is the epitome of Beijing street snacks. Street vendors sell pears, hawthorn fruit, strawberries and many other fruit coated in a clear sugar shell and threaded through bamboo sticks. It was plum season while I was researching recipes for this book; everyone in Beijing was struggling to eat tennis ball-sized candy-coated plums. This is a slightly more elegant version of a well-loved favourite.

Ingredients

  • Finely crushed ice 150 g (5β…“ oz)
  • Dry ice 50 g (1β…” oz)
  • Dark chocolate sauce as desired
  • White chocolate sauce as desired

    Method

    1. For presentation purposes, crush ice cubes finely and place in a 20-cm (8-in) diameter bamboo basket to make an β€˜ice hill’. Freeze until ready to use.
    2. Thread fruit onto bamboo skewers. Set aside.
    3. Prepare sugar syrup. Heat water and rock sugar in a copper or stainless steel pan over low heat. Add glucose and maltose. Stir for 15 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture has caramelised into a golden brown colour. Holding a fruit skewer over the pan, ladle sugar syrup with a tablespoon over fruit until evenly coated.
    4. Place ice hill on serving plate and stick fruit skewers in. Serve immediately, with both chocolate sauces on the side for dipping.