Last summer I had it in his Michelin star restaurant after a top class lunch with a view of the sea from my table by the window. In my dream, however, I was relaxing on a beach lounge chair underneath the restaurant on their pebbly lido. On my lap a plate of chocolate heaven. Headphones in my ears with Jamariquoi's Little L was the soundtrack to my fantasy.
You know how dreams are. They come at you al improviso, all of the sudden. No explanation as to why. So what does one do when one has a dream like this?
Write the chef and ask for the recipe...
And eccola...here it is:
Melanzane al Cioccolata
For 4 people:
4 eggplants, 300 g of sugar, 0.6 l of water with Tahiti vanilla beans and lemon
For the filling
300 g ricotta, 150 g of sugar, orange and lemon peel
For the topping
100 g dark chocolate 70%, 100 g of fresh cream 30%
Cut the eggplant in half lengthwise. Boil the water and sugar . Put in the eggplant and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to soak for 24 hours.
For the filling: Mix the ricotta cheese (from Mt Lattari if possible), with sifted sugar and citrus peels. Let it rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Dry the eggplant, remove the seeds and fill with the filling. Roll and allow to stand for 1 hour.
Prepare the sauce by melting the chocolate into the cream until you have a smooth sauce.
Slice the eggplants into discs and arrange on a plate. Pour the sauce around and garnish with cinnamon sticks.