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Farmer’s Market Fruit with Warm Tequila-Lime “Espuma”

Fruta de la Temporada con Espuma de Limón y Tequila
Servings: 4


  • About 1pound perfectly ripe, in-season fruit (berries, stone fruits—they all work), washed and pitted if necessary
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 2tablespoons orange juice
  • 2tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4cup tequila
  • The grated zest of ½ lime
  • Shortbread cookies, candied almonds or anything else crisp and sweet, for serving


Slice the fruit if necessary and divide it among four individual shallow serving bowls. Find a medium (4-quart) saucepan and a stainless steel bowl that will nestle at least halfway into it. Fill the saucepan with 1 inch of water and set it over medium-high heat.
In the stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, juices, tequila and lime zest.

Nestle the bowl into the saucepan (the water should be boiling now—if it’s not, wait until it is) and lower the heat so that the water is at a low simmer—somewhere between medium and medium-low. Whisk the yolk mixture continuously, until it becomes thick and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Drape a few spoonfuls of the warm “espuma” over each bowl of fruit and serve immediately with something crunchy and sweet—either on the side or crumbled on top.

Riff: Cool espuma
The warm espuma from the recipe above needs to be served right away or it deflates into an unappetizing consistency. So the French make a cool version they called sabayon by allowing the beaten cooked mixture to cool just to room temperature and folding in whipped cream. Beat ½ cup heavy cream to soft peaks and fold it into the room temperature espuma. Cover it, stick it in the fridge and spoon over fruit when you’re ready (it will keep for a day or so).


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  2. Thank you for sharing your incredible love of this cuisine. Your explanations and instructions make it easy to prepare and give us a deeper understanding. Your restaurants have spoiled us for any other Mexican food so we try to make the 3 hr drive there as often as possible! Thank you!

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