Orange 'caviar' pearls

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Caviar pearls are small pearls of gel that add punchy pops of flavour to your food. Baristas and bartenders are using caviar pearls to add texture and theatre to coffee and cocktails. All you need is agar-agar powder, a clean eye-dropper, a tall vessel of well-chilled vegetable oil and a lab coat (optional). These orange pearls are delicious scattered over raw fish crudo with shaved fennel, or spooned over chocolate mousse, orange cake or ice-cream.

Add pop with pearls; try yellow (orange juice and Cointreau), red (tomato and vodka), or black (soy and mirin).
Add pop with pearls; try yellow (orange juice and Cointreau), red (tomato and vodka), or black (soy and mirin). Photo: Steven Siewert

Ingredients

200ml clean, unused vegetable oil

150ml orange juice

1g (1/2 tsp) agar-agar powder

1 tbsp Cointreau (optional)

Method

1. Place the vegetable oil in a tall glass jar and place upright in the freezer for 40 minutes to chill. When chilled, place the juice in a small pan and scatter the agar-agar powder over the top. Bring to the boil, whisking constantly, then remove and whisk in the Cointreau, if using. Allow to cool for about four minutes, until mixture reaches 50C.

2. Using a clean eye-dropper, drop the warm juice into the chilled oil, drop by drop. As the surface gels, the drops form a pearl shape and slowly sink to the bottom of the oil. (As you get good at it, you can make larger pearls by dropping a second and third drop immediately on top of the first.)

3. When you have enough, gently strain the pearls through a fine sieve, rinse, and drain on paper towel before serving.

 

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  • Occasion - New Years, Cocktail Party, Dinner Party

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