Caramelised pears with hazelnut ice cream

Caramelised pears with hazelnut ice cream

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From
Basque
Serves
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

In the middle of October, the first hazelnuts start to appear in the Basque Country. Go and see Lourdes at Ordizia Market, for she is a woman in the know and will always have the first crop on her stall. They make a wonderful garnish for a salad.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
25g unsalted butter
25g caster sugar
4 ripe pears, peeled and cut into wedges
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
50ml brandy

For the ice cream

Quantity Ingredient
80g hazelnuts
250g caster sugar
600g full-fat milk
6 free-range egg yolks
500ml double cream

Method

  1. Toast the hazelnuts for the ice cream in a pan until lightly golden, then tip onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick silicone or baking paper.
  2. Put 100 g of the caster sugar in a pan with 1 tablespoon of water, place over a low heat and very gently melt the sugar. Increase the heat and bubble until you have a dark golden caramel. Pour over the hazelnuts and leave to cool. Once cold, bash up into small pieces and set aside.
  3. Heat the milk in a pan to almost boiling. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until light and fluffy, then pour over the hot milk. Stir until combined, then tip back into a clean pan and cook slowly over a low heat until you have a thick custard. Strain into a bowl and cool. Once cold, add the cream and the hazelnut praline. Pour into an ice-cream maker and churn until set. Scoop into a container and freeze.
  4. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan, add the pears and the vanilla seeds and pod. Cook, turning, for 10–15 minutes until tender and caramelised. Pour in the brandy and bubble until smooth, then divide among bowls or plates and serve with the hazelnut ice cream.

Tip:

  • If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, pour the mixture into a deep plastic container and freeze for 2 hours, then beat with an electric hand whisk to break up the crystals and freeze for a further hour. Repeat twice, then freeze until solid.
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