Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection was made by Amy at Food, Family And Fun. The recipe for the Chocolate-Banded Ice Cream Torte can be found on her site. As always, our recipes are selected each week from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook called Baking: From My Home to Yours. It's a great book!
I was so ecstatic to be making this ice cream torte. Ice cream is by far one of my all time favorite desserts. And an ice cream cake? Even better. I selected a chunky strawberry ice cream to use in mine.
It all seemed pretty easy: make the ganache, pour some in the pan, soften up the ice cream, spread on a layer, more ganache, more ice cream, and then more ganache. It was all stretched out over an entire evening until it was done. The only thing I was apprehensive about was adding the eggs into the ganache without cooking them. It's my first time making something with raw eggs, and it kind of freaked me out. But I decided to go with the flow.
The preparations for it all went really well. The only slight annoyance, and I always have trouble with this when I'm baking with layers, is that I didn't even out each layer very well. My bottom layer of ganache was too thin, as was my bottom layer of ice cream. And the lines weren't perfectly crisp - I had a little bit of waviness when I sliced into it. But that's the perfectionist in me.
As for taste, well... the chocolate was a little rich for me. I never thought I would find myself saying those words because I love rich things. But it was easy to fix, I just added more strawberry ice cream to my plate to offset all of the chocolate. So it turned out pretty well. My husband raved over it... though sometimes I can't tell if he's just being nice or if he's really sincere. In any case, it's already almost gone!
Tune in next week for cookies!