Dried Cherry Nougat Glace

Total Time:
8 hr 40 min
8 hr 10 min
30 min

10 to 12 servings

  • Praline with hazelnuts:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup skinned hazelnuts
  • Italian meringue:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lavender honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup kirsch
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • To make the praline, combine the sugar and water in a sauce pan and cook mixture, stirring and washing down any sugar crystals with a brush dipped in water, until mixture is clear. Let it cook, undisturbed, until deep golden.

  • To caramelized sugar add the hazelnuts. Stir to coat.

  • Oil a marble slab. Pour the mixture onto the marble, smooth it into even layer and let it cool completely. Once cooled, chop into approximately 1/4- inch pieces.

  • To make the Italian meringue, combine in a pan the sugar, lavender honey, and the water. Cook it following same procedure as for praline, until a candy thermometer registers hard ball stage 248 degrees.

  • Beat 3 egg whites to soft peaks. With machine running add, in a stream, the cooked sugar syrup. Beat until completely cool.

  • Macerate 1 1/2 cups dried cherries in 1/4 cup kirsch for 30 minutes. Then drain over a bowl Whip 2 cups heavy cream.

  • Fold half the praline, half the drained cherries and half the whipped cream into the meringue. Then do it again. Transfer to an 8 cup terrine, lined with plastic wrap. Cover mold with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Unmold, remove the plastic wrap, and slice.

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