Last week, I met Dominique Ansel. The Creator of the Cronut was signing recipe cards at Book Expo America last week to promote his upcoming book, The Secret Recipes.
Ansel signed a recipe card for a delicious-looking flourless chocolate cookie (the batter is resting in my fridge as I write) and then directed me toward a tray of chocolates that were flanked by pots of fresh basil. An assistant handed me a pair of scissors and instructed me to cut off a leaf, wrap it around the chocolate and take a bite.
It seemed weird but I decided to trust in Ansel. So I wrapped a basil leaf around the chocolate and popped it into my mouth to find that the richness of the dark chocolate complimented the freshness of the basil perfectly. It was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted.
I can't wait until the cookbook comes out. And I hope the chocolate-basil leaf recipe is in it!