Author Notes: A light textured ice cream base using egg whites rather than yolks balances out the smokey caramelization and slight tartness of the grilled apricots. The sweet tart body of the apricots hits you on the front of the palate with the creaminess on the tongue and the lingering traces of the smoke from grilling manifesting at the back of the palate. Such simple ingredients become a mesh of complex flavors and textures in this creamy treat. —Twists & Zests
Makes: 2 quarts
Prep time: 2 hrs
Cook time: 40 min
tablespoon olive oil
cup egg whites
cup granulated sugar
cup dark brown sugar
cups heavy cream
- Wash and dry apricots. Cut in half. Brush cut sides with olive oil.
- Place cut side down on hot grill surface. Cook until edges just begin to bubble and slight caramelization occurs. Flip and cook uncut surfaces until fruit edges are softened.
- Cut grilled apricots into ½” chunks and set aside to cool.
- Whisk egg white in bowl over hot water. When thoroughly aerated, slowly add sugars in a continuous stream while continuing to whisk. Continue whisking whites and sugars until hot - 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat and beat until soft peaks form.
- Allow to cool further. Beat in cream 2 tbsp at a time for the first cup, then ¼ cup at a time. Don’t worry about the mixture being very fluid, you are not trying to make buttercream here. Cover and chill.
- Add cooled cream mix and apricots to ice cream maker and process.
- Remove from ice cream maker and transfer to sealed containers and freeze until firm. Best if allowed to sit out of the freezer for 5 minutes before serving.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Grilling Recipe