The pieces of a puzzle do not always fall into place all at once. The dessert we have been working on has forced us to refine some older ideas, look at some new ones, and perfect the final presentation of the dish. The chocolate rubble looks sharp and harsh on the plate though it is soft and melting on the palate. The peeled sour cherries offer another tender element to the dish although their bracing flavor adds structure to the chocolate. The sour cherry jelly is a balance of sweet and sour with a striking and natural color, generated from the poaching of the fruit. The malted yogurt adds a creamy tang and its counterpart, the whipped malted yogurt, is a lighter and more acidic counterpart to the smooth yogurt puree.
These ingredients come together in an array of tender textures, all structured in different ways. Instead of adding crispy textures, acidity is used to highlight the soft bites and rich flavors.