Monday, 17 December 2012

BSFIC - Amaretto Nougat Glacé


I'm not feeling very Christmassy yet. It's certainly frosty enough, and all the neighbours have their lights up, but somehow I'm just not there yet. I've even managed to make some plans and more or less organise the menu so I am not under-prepared, I am just not feeling it. I haven't even had a mince pie yet, although I had my first glass of mulled wine for the season about a month ago.

I am sure I will get there at some point. Preferably before the 25th.
Even without feeling full of the joys of the season, I think I have managed to come up with a very Christmassy dessert for this month's Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream challenge. The challenge Kavey set was a nice, flexible, seasonal one - frozen treats containing booze.

Well, I like booze. And the selection of alcohol in my kitchen at the moment is unusually large (Ocado keeps having special offers). I decided to make something that we could have as our dessert on Christmas Day, rather than making something extra that I would then be tempted to eat.

While I'd been intending to repeat the whisky marmalade ice cream I made last year for Christmas, I really felt that this challenge deserved a new recipe.

I opened the cupboard for a bit of a poke about and found quite a lot of Spanish nougat - turrón. It was a gift from a friend who stayed last month; she had said that her family feels deprived if they don't get turrón at Christmas.
There are many kinds of turrón - this is the hard one.
With crunchy almond nougat as a starting point, my choice of booze was clear. I don't particularly like sweet cocktails, particularly not the creamy ones *shudder* but I do have a fondness for an amaretto sour. I wanted to make an ice cream reminiscent of an amaretto sour, interspersed with crunchy bits.

Something else to punctuate the sweetness was also called for. Now, apparently Disaronno actually contains no almonds. The almond flavour in it is the result of apricot kernals, making apricots the natural fruity partner for it.
Dried apricots marinated in amaretto
For the ice cream base, I decided to try something different. I wanted something reminiscent of nougat, so I tried a Swiss meringue with whipped cream folded through. More of a fiddle than my recent condensed milk ice creams, but certainly achievable (it is a two day process, but not a labour-intensive two days). Although I think the motor on my hand beater is on its last legs.
Amaretto Nougat Glacé

3tbs amaretto
100g dried apricots, finely chopped
3 egg whites (100ml-ish)
150g caster sugar
200ml cream
finely grated zest of a lemon & juice of half
200g turrón de Alicante (hard almond nougat), finely chopped

Combine the apricots with 2tbs of the amaretto in a small bowl or plastic box, cover and leave to soak over night.

The following day, combine the eggwhites, sugar and lemon juice in a large glass bowl and place over a pot of simmering water. Beat slowly for a couple of minutes until the sugar dissolves completely, then remove from heat and whisk on high speed until firm peaks form (up to 10 minutes).

In another bowl, whisk the cream with the remaining tablespoonful of amaretto to soft peaks. Fold together the cream and meringue, then fold in the boozy apricots with any unabsorbed liquid, the chopped turrón and the grated lemon zest.

Spread into a loaf tin lined with cling film. Cover with more cling film and freeze over night. It doesn't freeze hard, and can either be scooped or sliced straight from the tin.
Sampled for photographic purposes, the rest can wait for Christmas day


Heather S-G said...

Can I have one scoop of the Whiskey Marmalade Ice Cream and one scoop of this please!? Seriously, fantastic! It's not frosty enough to be Christmas here yet, either....

Kavey said...

Loving that we have, once again, gone for the same core ingredient of amaratto but also loving how different our two ice creams are.

Have you managed to resist eating any more so there is some left for Christmas day?


Alicia Foodycat said...

Heather - that'd be a very good combination! I might have to make some whisky marmalade ice cream as well.

Kavey - great minds! I've only had 2 slices so there is loads left for Christmas. It's in the garage freezer so I am not constantly tempted.

Gemma said...

I haven't had a mince pie yet either! Must get onto that soon...

Other than that I'm feeling pretty festive, just trying to work out what else to cook around Christmas and whether I need to do any more present shopping! I'm planning to make some brown bread ice cream at the end of the week and there might be a jar of sherry soaked fruit to go with. I just need to remind myself that I'm doing most of this cooking just for the two of us so need to resist going overboard!

Anne said...

I'm not huge on dried apricots but the rest looks so good! Love amaretto!

underthebluegumtree said...

I'm a big nougat fan so this looks right up my street. A very inventive and delicious looking ice-cream.

mscrankypants said...

I must admit to pausing at 'dried apricots marinated in amaretto'. I hadn't thought of that combo, but it must've come from heaven somewhere.


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