Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ice Cream without the Machine

So New Year's Eve has come and gone and I wanted to make a rich, decadent and delicious dessert to follow the huge dinner spread we put together, but I also didn't want it to be overwhelmingly sweet or filling.  Dinner included a 4 pound pork roast with fingerling potatoes, winter carrots, homemade truffled tater tots, coconut chicken tenders, lemon pesto hummus, chicken liver pate, brie stuffed peppadews and procuitto wrapped dates in candied balsamic... not something you necessarily want to follow with a heavy dessert.  I opted for a Lemon Semi Fredo, or otherwise known as partially frozen lemon ice cream cake.

Now the great thing about this recipe, there are endless modifications and flavor variations.  Since trying the lemon, we've discussed strawberry shortcake, sweet cream, pear... like I said, endless possibilities!

Lemon Semi-Fredo

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons lemon zest

- Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap
- Toast the sliced almonds in a toaster oven set to 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes
- Once cool, arrange on the bottom of the loaf pan (this will be the top of your semi-fredo)
- Using the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream in a stand mixer until soft peaks form
- Refrigerate the cream until all other ingredients are incorprated
- Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a medium saucepan
- Using the whip attachment and a metal mixer bowl, whisk together sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest until frothy
- Place the bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler and whisk the mixture continuously for 4 minutes until it reaches 165 degrees
- Return to the stand mixer and whip on medium speed until the mixture doubles in volume
- Remove bowl and fold in the whipped cream
- Pour into the lined loaf pan, smoothing out the top so it will create a flat surface (this will be the bottom)
- Freeze for at least 5 hours (you can make it several days in advance as well)

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