Fragrance & Food – Grapefruit Fir Compote with Angel Food Cake
Loosely based on CREED Silver Mountain Water
Years ago, I had a sponge cake with a rosemary grapefruit topping at a café. This combination of flavors inspired me to play around with the combo of tart grapefruit, the dynamic fresh/cooling mountainous flavor of fir over vanilla sugar. I wanted something refreshing.
This is a super easy recipe especially if you buy a pre-made angel food cake. I purchased an angel food cake. Yes, I purchased an angel food cake. I’m the type of person that cooks everything from scratch so this is shocking, but I did purchase a locally made brand. And I’m pleased. I should do that more often 😉
You will need:
pre-made loaf of angel food cake (or you can make your own)
1 large ruby red/pink grapefruit – peeled segments
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
a drop of fir essence – I used Aftelier Chef Essences in Fir Needle
I made a simple syrup of 1/2 cup refined sugar and 1/2 cup water and boiled it until it became syrupy. I removed from heat and added a drop of Aftelier Chef Essences in Fir Needle. I poured this fir simple syrup over the peeled segments of a large grapefruit and refrigerated. The slices will become slightly “candied”, covered in a sugary fir glaze.
I sliced my mass produced cake and applied this fir and grapefruit compote over the cake. You know what to do from here…
This is a super easy recipe. The flavor is nice. Fir adds a citrus, fresh and “cool” flavor and mixes well with the tangy grapefruit. It’s fun to taste a non-smoky fir and a “dessert evergreen”. The sweet vanilla of the angel food cake is awesome with the citrus.