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Francis Ang wants to sweet-talk you to the bitter end.
"Desserts don't have to be sweet all the time," says Ang, the executive pastry chef at Fifth Floor in San Francisco.
With dishes like corn ice cream, black olive jam and sage ice cream, you'll never have to separate your savory and sweet cravings again.
Five Savory Ingredients to Use for Sweets: Francis Ang
Black olive Madeleines work really well. They're sweeter than if you were just eating the olives on their own. You could also make a black olive jam or ice cream."
I remember eating cheese ice cream as a kid, and it’s still one of my fondest memories. You can incorporate cheese into breads too - for example, a Gouda brioche is a nice salty-sweet afternoon snack. Ricotta is one of the best cheeses for dessert. And you can easily sweeten it with some orange blossom honey and pair it with an olive oil cake, or even the black olive Madeleines.
Another simple thing to try is to use a goat cheese in a cheesecake. Start with simple substitutions and then really go crazy and mix it up!"
But you can also infuse a cream base with that same herb, and just as easily create an ice cream. It could have been a fried nectarine pie with a sage ice cream, with some fried thyme on top as a garnish. You can infuse the herb into jams and ice creams, garnish desserts with fried or fresh herbs, or mix them directly into a cobbler or jam."
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