Recipe: Stanthorpe apple parfait, blue cheese snow and cheese milk crisp

By Minh Li - Head Chef of The Peak Restaurant at Spicers Peak, Maryvale, Queensland.

The Peak is an award-winning regional restaurant located in in the Scenic Rim mountain ranges, Queensland. The restaurant is run by Chef Minh Le, who crafts dishes featuring the best of Australian produce, including native ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Chef Minh Le was a finalist for Australian Chef of the Year in the Gault&Millau awards, and his restaurant won Queensland’s Best New Restaurant of the Year in 2015.


 6 - 8


Apple parfait 

100 g apple puree

300 ml milk

300 ml full cream

100 g caster sugar

1 g gellan gum

100 ml fresh apple juice

8 apple stalks


Blue cheese milk crisp

200 ml milk

80 g blue cheese

Salt to taste

50 g corn flour

10 ml water


Lime meringue

2 egg whites

125 g caster sugar


Blue cheese snow

50 g blue cheese

150 ml oil

500 g maltodextrin



Apple parfait 

Bring the apple puree, milk, cream and caster sugar to the boil then strain. Pour into round silicon moulds the size of a small apple. Set in the freezer until hard. Stir the gellan gum in the apple juice until dissolved. Remove the frozen apple parfait balls from the moulds. Once only, dip into the balls into the apple juice solution.

Make a small indent in the top to form the shape of an apple then garnish with an apple stalk. Retain in the freezer until serving.

Blue cheese milk crisp 

Bring milk, cheese and salt to the boil. With the cornflour and water, make a smooth slurry. Whisk the slurry into the milk until thickened. Allow to cool slightly then thinly spread this mixture onto baking paper. Dehydrate overnight at 90oC. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


Lime meringue 

Whisk sugar and egg whites until stiff peaks form. Place into a fine point piping bag.

Blue cheese snow

Blend the blue cheese and oil together. Strain. Retain the oil only. Whisk the oil and maltodextrin together until it forms a texture of grainy snow.

To serve

Place one apple parfait onto each plate. Sprinkle the plate with blue cheese snow. Garnish with blue cheese milk crisps. Pipe small points of lime meringue onto the plate.