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Author Notes: This frozen non-dairy dessert features layers of almond milk based ice "cream," fresh apricot purée and almond praline. In putting together this dessert it was important that it be sophisticated and unique yet still easy enough to make in a couple of hours or over the course of a couple days. The perfect summer treat that is both visually stunning and incredibly delicious.
The praline takes about 20 minutes active time, the ice cream takes about the same amount of active time, as does the purée (However the ice cream must churn for an additional 25-30 minutes, and the apricots must macerate for at least an hour). Assembling the terrine takes about 10 minutes and then the whole thing has to be frozen for 8 hours or overnight and up to five days. The praline should stay fresh for four days, and the purée if stored properly should last three days as well.
The idea is all my own, but I have taken inspiration from several recipes. I adapted my ice "cream" recipe from the saucy kitchen's recipe (http://thesaucykitchen...) and took inspiration for my almond praline from a Bon Appetit recipe ( http://www.epicurious.com...). I recently posted parts of the recipe to my blog, but that is the only other place where you can find this exact recipe for any of the parts of this terrine or the terrine itself (fiftyshadesoffood.co). —Jenny Osman
cups roughly chopped almonds
teaspoon cream of tartar
small cinnamon stick
- In a large saucepan mix the sugar, cream of tartar with 1/2 cup of water
- Increase the heat without stirring until the mixture boils
- Swirl the pan to move the mixture around until the syrup is a pale amber color (takes about five minutes)
- In the mean time, line a baking sheet with wax paper
- When the syrup is pale amber, add the chopped nuts, the cinnamon stick, the contents of the 1/4 vanilla pod and the pod itself
- Stir the contents of the pan with a wooden spoon until all of the nuts are coated in the syrup
- Continue cooking the mixture until most of the syrup has thickened up and become an even darker amber color (about 3 minutes)
- Quickly pour nuts onto baking sheet and spread the nuts out
- Let the praline set in a cool dry place for an hour, then roughly chop and store in an airtight container until needed
Non-Dairy Almond Ice Cream & Apricot Purée
cups unsweetened almond milk (I used Califia)
ounces coconut cream
cup turbinado sugar
teaspoon almond extract
- Start with the ice cream: separate eggs and whisk sugar into egg yolks until the mixture becomes a pale yellow color
- Bring the almond milk and coconut cream just to a simmer
- Temper the eggs by adding the warm milk mixture very gradually into the egg and sugar mixture, whisking continually
- Add the almond extract
- Once eggs and milk have been combined return the whole mixture to the saucepan and cook until the mixture has reached 175 degrees Fahrenheit (to ensure that the eggs are cooked— alternatively you can dip a spoon in the mixture, and run your finger across the back of the spoon, if the mixture stays in place and does not run into the now clean streak on the spoon you can continue onto the next step)
- Cool the mixture, ideally by placing your ice "cream" base in a bowl surrounded by ice
- Once the base is at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit you can put it in the bowl of your ice cream maker and let the machine run for 25-30 minutes
- While the ice cream is churning in the machine its time to make the apricot purée: first, put a pot of water on to boil
- Score the end of each apricot in an "x" shape (the end of the apricot opposite from the stem. Do not cut too deep, just enough to go through the skin)
- Once the water is boiling drop the apricots in gently and leave them in the water for two minutes
- Prepare a bowl of ice water while the apricots are in the hot water
- After two minutes, remove the apricots from the water with tongs and dunk them immediately into the ice water
- Once the apricots are cool enough to handle, remove their skins and dice them
- In the bowl of a blender or immersion mixer combine the apricots, the tablespoon of sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Let the apricots macerate for at least an hour
- Purée the apricots
- To assemble the terrine: Line a loaf pan with saran wrap and put down an inch layer of the almond ice cream, add 1/3 of the apricot purée and then evenly distribute the praline over the apricot purée. Repeat and then top with another 1/2 inch of ice cream, or however much is necessary to fill the loaf pan
- Cover the loaf pan with saran wrap or wax paper and freeze for 8 hours or overnight and up to five days. Reserve the purée and remaining praline for when you serve the terrine
- When you are ready to serve the terrine, take it out of the freezer, run a knife around the edge to lose the terrine from the loaf pan and invert the terrine onto a plate. Cut 1 inch thick slices of the terrine with a sharp knife. In between cuts, wash and dry the knife. Serve each with a small spoonful of the apricot purée and some of the almond praline.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert