Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Banded Ice Cream Torte

Strawberry ice cream + chocolate ganache = love

This week's delicious frozen concoction was chosen by Amy of Food, Family and Fun. Raw eggs kind of scare me but I decided to be brave. The picture in the cookbook is so nice, perfect layers of dark pink ice cream and chocolaty gananche. I let my husband choose what flavor ice cream, I thought the raspberry sounded great but he's not a fan of raspberry so I gave him the decision. He chose strawberry ice cream, I could have gotten vanilla and mixed in the strawberries like Dorie did with the raspberries but I am lazy so I did not. Instead I bought pre-made Edy's Strawberry Ice Cream. By the way, Edy's has shrunken their containers and are charging more, I paid $4.99, eh gads! I know prices have been going up lately but I've really noticed it on things I by every week but man $5.00 for less ice cream?

Anyway, after I recovered from ice cream sticker shock I picked up some pasteurized eggs from the dairy section. This lessened my fear of raw eggs slightly. Putting together the ganache was not difficult, I did end up only using 7 eggs instead of 8 because I had exactly 8 left and one of the 8 turned out to be cracked on the bottom so I took a chance on just 7. While I was making the ganache I put the ice cream in the refrigerator to soften up since I omitted the alcohol. I left out the alcohol because all we had besides wine was Peppermint Schnapps, Maker's Mark and Coconut Rum and I wasn't sure any of those would taste very good with strawberry ice cream. I used a non-stick springform pan but I still oiled it just in case. The first layer of ganache firmed up very quickly, less than 30 minutes. But all the layers after took at least 45 minutes. I was afraid of running out of ganache but did not, I had just the right amount for the final layer. I let it sit up in the freezer for almost 6 hours. I used the hot dish towel method instead of the hair dryer and it came out fairly easily. Next time I'll try to remember to use a circle of parchment paper on the bottom though because it's almost impossible to get the entire torte from the bottom of the pan.
It's a wonderful dessert, my husband said he keeps forgetting what his favorite 'Tuesday' dessert is because they've all been so good and I have to agree. They just keep getting better! Next week we're making Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters chosen by Stefany of Proceed with Caution.

11 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Love, indeed. I totally agree, since yours looks wonderful.

Jess said...

Looks beautiful - and I like the strawberry ice cream idea. When I finally try this one, I think I'll use that instead of raspberry...

Prudy said...

Yours turned out gorgeous, absolubely gorgeous. Mine was messy and imperfect so you have me jealous. I was nervous about the egg also so I'm glad we're all still alive.

n.o.e said...

Great job with the layers! Yes, parchment is a wondrous thing - it worked really well in my loaf pan.
Nancy

Teanna said...

It is so sad how expensive things are getting! Great cake, love the flavors!

TeaLady said...

Looks good to me. I always use Parchment paper in my pans. Soooo much easier. Good job!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful torte! I think yours looks just perfect. Not too get totally off topic but I was reading some of your earlier blog posts and you reminded me of me a few years ago, we had trouble TTC and I can relate to bulk buying hpts and ov test strips online, I know our journey was short at 14 mths compared to people who try for years and years but it was still hard. I had never heard of the infertility thread until your site. And I was also hooked on the new degrassi for a while there (hard to admit) when it was coming on after noggin was over. I missed last season though. Take care and best of luck TTC.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your torte turned out lovely! Nive even layers. I used Edy's too. I thought the container seemed smaller. Only 1 1/2 quarts instead of a half gallon. What a rip-off!

The DeL Sisters said...

Yours looks great! Glad you liked it so much!

Jules Someone said...

Looks delicious! It is crazy how much things cost these days. Sheesh!

Barbara said...

Looks wonderful! Glad you liked it!