The Cherry Blossom Bonsai, the newest course to bloom at Chicago’s Michelin-starred moto restaurant, strikes the perfect balance between science and art.

From the creative mind of Pastry Chef Claire Crenshaw, the dessert is a feast for the eyes and mimics the aesthetics of the traditional Japanese flora.  To make this intricate dessert, Crenshaw starts by infusing cherries with a coffee-based cream and then glazes each berry with a housemade cherry gel.  “Once the gel sets, it provides a candied shell for each cherry,” notes Crenshaw.

A cherry tuile is used to create individual flower petals that are expertly applied to each glazed cherry, with a hint of orange zest serving as the center.  Once each luscious cherry blossom is set, the bite-sized treats are placed amongst the foliage of a miniature cherry bonsai tree, resulting in a decadent dessert.

Located in Chicago’s trendy Fulton Market district, moto restaurant has consistently been ranked as one of the nation’s premier dining establishments and is a Michelin-starred restaurant.  From Celebrity Chef Homaro Cantu, moto is a leader in the molecular gastronomy movement and offers guests an interactive, futuristic and overall exploratory dining experience.  moto restaurant is located at 945 W. Fulton Market. 

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