Friday, August 31, 2007

Caramel Chocolate Cashew Ice Cream

My response to a request from Stacerella: "yummy chocolate chunk, whole cashew ice cream". I'm always up for a challenge. I used a caramel base, 85% cocoa Lindt chocolate, salt and sesame roasted cashews. Great.

::1.5c sugar
::2c milk
::4 egg yolks
::2c heavy whipping cream
::sesame roasted cashews (recipe below)
::85%cocoa Lindt chocolate bar

-Melt sugar in saucepan on medium/high and stir until browned (take off heat before desired brownness and continue stirring)
-Slowly add scalded milk. Carmel will harden up, so return to heat and mix until dissolved in milk (may take a while)
-Beat egg yolks with a dash of salt.
-Whisk milk with egg and return to heat until custard forms.
-Add cream and chill.
-Freeze in ice cream machine.
-Toward end of cycle, add cashews and chocolate (shaved, or chunks)

::1c whole cashews (raw, unsalted)
::sesame oil
-Lightly coat cashews in oil.
-Sprinkle with salt
-Place under broiler, stirring every minute or two until browned.
-Freeze before using with ice cream.

Yeah, this is a great batch to break in my new house. I served across the street at a potluck and it was a hit. The sesame cashews are excellent with the ice cream and even better just from the oven. The chocolate was nice and bitter: a good contrast to sweet caramel and salty cashew.


Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention Joe specifically asked that it not have caramel in it, so I suppose all I would have to do is skip the cooking of the sugar, right?

Thanks again for this recipe! You are a life saver, Mike.


Anonymous said...

In a magazine I read today (forget which one) there was a tip from a reader about how to best cut up hard chocolate squares where she would stick them in the microwave long enough to soften just the corners - not a second longer - and then take her knife to it. It proved to be an easier process for her.


bbw said...

Is that apple crisp along side the ice cream?

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