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.