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Taste the show
Houston pastry chef now serving his Food Network-winning, Easter ham-inspired dessert
The biggest problem with reality TV cooking competition shows is that the people watching at home never get to experience the food that’s created for the judges. Sure, that exotic-looking creation may appear to be delicious, but how does it taste? Did the judges really make the right decision?
Thankfully, Houstonians who’ve been following along with the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship: Easter will get the chance to try one of the show’s winning creations courtesy of Musaafer pastry chef Ruchit Harneja. He is now serving a version of the honey-glazed ham cake that he created on episode three of the show at the Indian fine dining restaurant in the Galleria.
Harneja and his fellow contestants had to create a dessert based on a classic savory Easter dish. The choices included cornbread, potatoes au gratin, and deviled eggs. Having been awarded honey-glazed via a beer pong-style game, the chef got to work.
The finished dessert, which won the day’s challenge, uses a hickory-smoked honey cake and pineapple cherry jelly. For the Musaafer version, the chef has upgraded the presentation with cherry pâté de fruit, a ham crumble, and his made in-house pineapple and clove Peeps.
The original dessert Harneja created for the show.Courtesy of Food Network
“I enjoy pushing the boundaries to explore more interesting flavor combinations, and this dessert is no exception,” Harneja said in a statement. “It consists of all the components and flavor profiles of the classic Easter dish, including the ham, but with sweet elements that balance it to perfection.”
The dish, pictured above, will be available at Musaafer through Easter Sunday (April 9). It’s priced at $25.
As for the show,. Harneja continues to make his way through the 6-episode competition. Tune in at 9 pm on Monday, March 27 to see his latest creations.