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Passion & Fruit

Written by Gwen Ashley Walters Category: Local Products Issue: March 2012

To achieve this sweet semblance, Harvey crafted artisanal imitations of citrus, such as the orange “segments” made from freezing sugared orange juice into wedges, and semifreddo raspberries and strawberries made from sabayon (egg yolks gently cooked with sugar over simmering water) and fruit purees, then frozen in fruit-shaped molds.

A moist, steamed-then-chilled passion fruit pudding cake lends heft to the otherwise light dessert. Dots of passion fruit and raspberry curds add whimsy and richness, and a sprinkling of lemon pixie dust adds sparkle.

Harvey’s other new creation is just as inspired, but significantly richer: chocolate “soup” poured tableside over an Italian pistachio ice cream dome studded with fleshy amarena cherries and punctuated with caramelized croutons.

The juxtaposition of textures and temperatures – warm, silky chocolate; semifreddo with chewy cherry bits; and crunchy, buttered, sugared croutons – is brilliant. This “soup” is as delicious as the Passion & Fruit is whimsical and refreshing.

3118 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix