This is a dessert dish that was thrown together by having some leftovers in the fridge.  I had pasta dough left over from a previous dinner.  I also had honey ganache from a previous dessert.  I just made Chestnut Madeleines and had some the batter left over that I doctored up a bit by adding more chestnut puree.  Persimmon sorbet I made from all the hachiya's that were perfectly ripened.  I made a caramel sauce from XO cafe that we always have on hand, and just like that all these wonderful things left over turned into a new fabulous dessert.  Finish the dish with some fresh persimmons and viola.  Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it.

1/2 recipe of Pasta (here)

Persimmon Sorbet

7 ripened hachiya perimmons

2 1/2 cup of water

2 cups of sugar

1/2 tsp of nutmeg

1 lemon juiced


XO Patron Cafe Caramel 

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of XO Patron Cafe

1/3 cup of heavy cream 


Chestnut Cake

4 oz of sugar

16 oz of chestnut paste

6 oz of brown sugar

3 eggs room temp

1 tbsp of amaretto

3 oz of bread flour

1/4 tsp of baking powder


Whipped cream

3/4 cup of heavy cream

1/4 cup of powdered sugar


1/4 cup of cocoa nibs grond 

1 fresh fuyu persimmon 


Honey Chocolate Ganache

1/4 cup of honey 

7 oz of bittersweet chocolate 

1/2 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp of butter 


For Ganache Ravioli’s 

Make the pasta according to the recipe.  Knead and then rest.

For the ganache add cream and honey to a pot and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl.  Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 minute.  Then whisk until completely smooth.  Then add the butter until shiny and smooth.  Allow the ganache to cool completely.  Then place in the refrigerator for about an hour.  It should harden up a bit but still be manageable.   Place the ganache in a plastic pastry bag and set aside.

Take the pasta and cut in a half and run it through the pasta machine 3 times to build up the structure.  Then on the last time run the pasta through until you get to the second to last setting on the machine.  Then take the ganache and run a smooth straight line all the way down the pasta sheet starting about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the sheet.  Then take a pastry brush and water and brush the top part of the pasta sheet.  Fold over the pasta over the ganache meeting the top part of the pasta sheet.  Then pinch or crease the pasta ever half inch.  It should look something like this

Using a serrated pinwheel pasta cutter cut away any excess pasta and cut the pasta into individual portions between each crease.  Place on a flowered sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Repeat until all ganache is gone.  Use leftover past for another application.

For the Persimmon Sorbet,

In a pot add water and sugar and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 4 minutes and then turn off and cool completely.  Once cold add lemon juice and persimmons and puree until smooth.  Pour into your ice cream maker, add nutmeg, and use according to your makers instructions. Take the sorbet out and place in a air tight container in the freezer.

For the chestnut cake

Follow the same steps from the Madeleines  I added the left over paste to the recipe to make it more of a dense cake.  (which is optional.) Bake at same temperature as madeleines until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and set aside.  

For the XO Caramel Sauce

Place butter and sugar in a pan over medium heat.  Cook until butter and sugar are melted.  Then pour in the XO Patron cafe and flambé.  Cook until the alcohol is cooked off and then add in your cream.  Cook until the cream comes to temperature and the sauce thickens a little.  Set aside and keep warm.  

For the whipped cream,

Place heavy cream in a stand mixer and whisk until it starts to thicken slightly.  Add powdered sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks.  Set aside. 

To finish 

In a pot of salted boil water add pasta and cook for 2 minutes or until the pasta floats to the top of the pot.  Skim out and place pasta in the caramel sauce.  Season with with a pinch of salt and place a few on the plate.  Cut a piece of chestnut cake and place on the plate. Add a quenelle of whipped cream on top.  Add a slice of persimmon and a quenelle of sorbet.  Garnish with a little bit of nutmeg and ground cocoa.  Serve and enjoy!