Monday, May 25, 2009

Ice Cream Cake

Boy, is it getting hot around here! Spring/summer in the coastal cities of Israel is painfully so. You can't so much as walk around outside without needing to jump into a cold shower. It's that bad. And only going to get worse. Which is why I felt it necessary to make an ice cream cake to serve to my Shabbat guests for dessert. Frozen dessert that features chocolate ganache and ice cream... what could be better to serve before sending them on their way in the devastating heat? Just as I thought, this decadent dessert received rave reviews. This recipe is adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. All I did was swap out the ice cream flavor. I used the only nondairy ice creams the supermarket carried-- chocolate and vanilla chip. I really went all out on the chocolate. Prep is easy, it's the waiting time that requires patience. If you're in a hot weather area like I am, be sure to take the cake out just before serving or else you'll have chocolate everywhere. Don't say you weren't warned.

Ice Cream Cake

1 3/4 (14 tbsp) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsley chopped
1/2 cup sugar
8 large eggs
two flavors of ice cream-- no exact measurements

Oil or lightly spray an eight inch springform pan. Set aside.Place margarine or butter and chocolate into a large bowl and microwave until almost melted.Stir until smooth.Add sugar and mix well.
Add eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly after each addition.This is the completed batter. Gently tap the bowl on the counter to release air bubbles.

Pour a third of it into the pan and freeze until firm to the touch. This will depend on the freezer. When the bottom layer is almost frozen, take out one flavor of ice cream to soften.Spread over the bottom ganach layer and return to the freezer for fifteen minutes to firm up.Pour on another third of ganach and return to the freezer.

Repeat with the second ice cream flavor and ganache. I couldnt take a picture of the finished product because it was Shabbat. But it was a major hit. Definitely make again with other flavored ice creams.

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