We devised an experiment to put Seattle’s top sugar spinners to the test: ask four of our best pastry chefs to invent a dessert using four local ingredients. The resulting confections rocked our sweet world. The Basics: a regional cheese, a Northwest wine, a Seattle coffee, a Washington berry.
Blue Cheese Ice Cream with Streusel and Compote
Dana Cree, Poppy
Ingredients:Rogue Creamery Rogue River Blue cheese, Barnard Griffin 2007 Syrah Port, Victrola Coffee’s Colombia Huila Monserrate Excelso, wild blackberries from Foraged and Found Edibles
Acclaimed avant-garde confectioner Dana Cree is a master at fusing sweet and savory. For this dish she folded a quiet but assertive measure of blue cheese into a dollop of ice cream, then set a scoop atop a hazelnut streusel infused with coffee aromas and spread over a wild blackberry and port coulis.