This is a very special Fiesta Friday for me, not only am I making one of my favorite cakes to bring to the party but I am also co -hosting this affair. I am very excited that Angie@the novice gardener asked me to officiate Fiesta Friday #20 with the wonderful, talented and totally awesome Fae @fae’s twist and tango. I am honored to co host with Fae, one of my culinary,blogging idols. So for this auspicious occasion I say, “let them eat cake” ice cream cake that is. I made a wonderful chocolate sponge, some homemade caramelized white chocolate ice cream and I bought some toasted almond gelato. This is served with a homemade kahlua fudge sauce. I had a bit of a disaster, I tried to move the cake before it was completely cooled and it broke. Therefore you can see from the photo the Frankenstein effect, I had to piece it together in the pan I used for a mold. It doesn’t matter really because it’s delicious anyway and when covered with fudge sauce hopefully no one will notice.
I have to say again how thrilled I am to have been asked to host this party, Fiesta Friday is a blast, I am officially inviting ALL OF YOU to participate, visit The Novice Gardener (link is in the first paragraph) sign up, it’s not work its fun. Hope to see you all at the next party.
Caramelized White Chocolate Ice Cream:
A Recipe by David Lebovitz
Makes about 1 quart
Note:Make sure the caramelized white chocolate is warm when you mix it with the cream. You can reheat it in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, or in a microwave on low power, stirring until smooth.
8 ounces (240g) caramelized white chocolate
1 cup (250ml) heavy cream
2 cups (500ml) whole milk
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
5 large egg yolks
1. Mix the warm caramelized white chocolate in a large bowl with the heavy cream, and set a mesh strainer over the top.
2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, and salt.
3. Whisk together the egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in half of the warm milk, then scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.
4. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof utensil, until the mixture thickens and coats the utensil.
5. Immediately pour the custard through the strainer into the white chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Put the bowl in an ice bath, and stir until cool.
6. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
This is the best ice cream I think I have ever had, it’s so creamy and the perfect consistency, thank you Mr, Lebovitz for a wonderful recipe.
Note: In step one I deviated slightly, I heated the cream in the microwave to warm it for 30 seconds, I then added the chocolate and put it back in the microwave for another 20 seconds. It melted the chocolate and made a ganache. It was easier to combine with the custard when it was already melted.
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 large eggs at room temperature
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Note: I find the amount of batter varies every time I make this, I never like to fill the pan to the rim, it’s better to leave a small space so the cake can rise. If you have leftover batter make a few cupcakes.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Place milk and butter in glass measuring cup and microwave for 45 seconds or until butter is melted. Using stand mixer with wire whisk or electric mixer whip the eggs and sugar on med/high for approximately 8 minutes or until the mixture is pale yellow, tripled in volume and thick, with the machine running slowly add the heated milk and buter. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Fold into the egg mixture, there should be no lumps. Fold in the vanilla. Grease a 1/2 sheet pan, lay parchment sheet and grease the parchment, and sprinkle with sugar. Pour batter into the pan, spread so that it is evenly distributed and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan run a knife around the edges to loosen then invert onto wire rack, remove parchment and let cool completely.
Assembling the Ice Cream Cake:
I used a 10 inch loaf pan, lined with plastic wrap. Cut the sheet cake to the size of the loaf pan, you will need 3 pieces. Lay first piece in bottom of the loaf pan, spread softened ice cream. Add another layer of cake, spread with more ice cream, finish with a layer of cake, cover completely with plastic wrap and put in freezer for at least 4-6 hours but it’s better over night. To unmold simply very gently pull the plastic wrap over hang loosening the cake, unwrap, slice and serve.
Kahlua Fudge Sauce
4 ounces dark chocolate broken into small pieces
1/4 cup +2 tbs heavy cream
1 tablespoon kahlua liquor (optional) you can just add some vanilla extract
Heat milk until scalding, add chocolate to hot cream, let sit for approximately 5 minutes, stir until smooth and add the kahlua. Let cool to room temperature. It will thicken as it cools. NOTE: I like to drizzle on the cake while its still warm!!