Toasted almond–orange praline ice cream

Toasted almond–orange praline ice cream

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From
Saha
Makes
1½ litres of ice cream
Photographer
Matt Harvey

You only need half the amount of praline for this ice cream recipe, but it is tricky to make in smaller quantities. Freeze the rest and use it as a garnish for this ice cream or other desserts.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 oranges, zested
200g caster sugar
2 tablespoons water
200g blanched whole almonds, lightly toasted
Ice cream base

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 100°C. Dry the orange zest for 3 hours, then grind to a fine powder.
  2. To make the praline, put the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat slowly until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Bring to the boil and cook for about 5 minutes, until the syrup reaches the thread stage (when a drop of syrup falls from a wooden spoon in a long thread) at about 110°C.
  3. Stir in the almonds. The syrup will crystallise and harden as the oils are released from the nuts. Lower the heat and stir patiently until it redissolves to a smooth caramel. This will take 10 minutes or so.
  4. Carefully pour the caramel onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Smooth it out, sprinkle the ground orange zest over the praline and then leave it to cool and harden. When the praline is completely cold, bash it with a rolling pin to break it into chunks, then pound it to crumbs in a mortar and pestle. The praline should be the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs.
  5. Make the ice cream base and chill in the refrigerator. Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream machine and churn, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, until nearly set. Add half the almond and orange praline towards the end of the churning time.
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