chocolate-dipped apricots with apricot gelato
gelato di albicocche nei mezzi frutti al cioccolato
TOTAL TIME: 60 minutes plus chilling
MAKES: 6 servings
Chocolate-dipped apricot halves act as adroable little bowls for home-made apricot gelato.
- 1/2 pound fresh apricots, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
- 9 whole fresh apricots
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70%), roughly chopped
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: ice cream maker
FOR GELATO: In a bowl, stir together sliced apricots and lemon juice; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine milk and vanilla bean; bring just to a boil, then remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Remove and reserve vanilla bean for another use.
Transfer apricot mixture to a blender; add 1 tablespoon water, then purée until smooth.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar. In 2 additions, whisk in milk, then return mixture to saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and cook, whisking constantly, 2 minutes; remove from heat. Transfer custard to a bowl; stir in purée and cream. Chill until cold, about 3 hours or overnight.
Freeze custard in an ice cream maker. Transfer gelato to an airtight container and freeze until firm enough to scoop, about 30 minutes or up to 1 day (gelato is best served fresh. Use it as soon as it is scoopable, when possible).
FOR CHOCOLATE-DIPPED APRICOTS: Line a large plate with parchment paper. Halve and pit apricots.
Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches water; bring water to a simmer. Put chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Set bowl over (but not touching) the simmering water; stir until chocolate is melted. Dip 1 end of each apricot half about 1/2-inch into the chocolate, then, cut-side up, place on prepared plate. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 5 minutes.
Arrange prepared apricots, cut-side up, onto a serving plate. Put scoops of gelato into apricots. Serve immediately.
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