Check out These Peepers! Try a Houston Chef's Winning Food Network Dessert

Check out These Peepers! Try a Houston Chef's Winning Food Network Dessert

HOUSTON’S OWN RUCHIT Harneja, executive pastry chef of Musaafer, won this week’s episode of Spring Baking Championship on Food Network. And foodies have a chance to try his winning dessert at the Galleria restaurant, now through Easter Sunday!


Harneja’s playful creation is an innovative spin on a honey-glazed ham. He translates all the flavor profiles of the classic Easter dish — hickory smoke, honey, pineapple, cherry, cloves, and even the ham itself — into a sweet treat. The dessert highly impressed the professional judges on episode three, which aired March 20.

He used his experience with heterodox food pairing — a yin and yang theory in which two opposing ingredients are combined to create a harmonious dish — in the dessert. A surprising blend of hickory-smoked honey cake, pineapple-and-clove Peeps and cherry pâté de fruit is topped with a ham crumble (there’s a plant-based version available, too). “I enjoy pushing the boundaries to explore more interesting flavor combinations, and this dessert is no exception,” he says. Jaipur-born Harneja is known for interesting flavor combinations and presentations as seen in a few of his signature — eye-popping and beautiful — desserts at Musaafer.

Harneja and contestans on 'Spring Baking Championship'

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