Former Halifax chef cooking up a storm with beans on toast dessert

James Dempsey previously worked at Long Can Hall at Halifax, where he created a British burrito in 2016
James Dempsey previously worked at Long Can Hall at Halifax, where he created a British burrito in 2016

A former Halifax chef has unveiled a dish which will definitely tickle the tastebuds.

James Dempsey has created beans on toast - but not as you know it.

The quirky dessert is made from carefully-crafted marzipan "beans" in a sauce using orange zest, juice and cream.

Meanwhile the "toast" is lemon drizzle cake, sliced to look like bread and given the right look and temperature by placing under the grill .

No detail is left to chance - the yellow yolk is mango coulis - and the white of the egg, panna cotta, made from milk and cream, cooled to just the right temperature before being poured onto a plate in layers to get a natural-looking ripple effect.

Mr Dempsey said he wanted to create a bit of theatre at the newly-opened Blackmoor Dining Room at Moor Allerton Golf Club in Leeds, where he is head chef.

He said diners sometimes hesitated - unable to believe the dish was not what they thought it was.

He said: "It's to keep myself interested. I find it intriguing. Watching people's faces light up - it's a bit of drama.

"Coming for dinner should be an experience.

"When people come they first look at it - they don't want to eat it because it looks like beans on toast. They are really shocked how realistic it is."

There will be a surprise each time the dessert menu changes, with the chef already working on an apple crumble - which will look exactly like an apple until you take a spoon to it.

Mr Dempsey previously worked at Clarks Restaurant on Bradford and also had his own gastro pub, Long Can Hall at Halifax, where he created a British burrito in 2016 - made from a rolled-out Yorkshire pudding and roast beef with a side of gravy.

It proved a huge hit online, with the burrito featured on several news websites and attracting hundreds of thousands of likes on Facebook.