Chunnel Cake Sandwiches with Dulce de Leche Gelato

Total Time:
3 hr 35 min
Prep:
50 min
Inactive:
2 hr 30 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 sandwiches or 12 chunnel cakes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Dulce de Leche Gelato:
  • 1 pint vanilla gelato, softened
  • 1/4 cup dulce de leche, plus more for drizzling
  • Malted milk powder, optional
  • Chunnel Cakes:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Directions

For the gelato: Scoop the softened gelato into a large mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dulce de leche and malted powder to taste, if using. Transfer to an airtight container and refreeze for 2 hours.

For the chunnel cakes: Mix together 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, orange zest, salt and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, olive oil and eggs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet ingredients, stirring to create a smooth, shiny batter. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a medium-size star tip, or a re-sealable freezer bag with a corner snipped off and fitted with the same. Transfer the filled bag to the refrigerator to chill until very cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Fill a wide, shallow pot or Dutch oven with 3 inches of vegetable oil, and heat the oil to 360 degrees F.

Working in batches, carefully pipe 3-inch coils of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 5 minutes. With a spider or slotted spoon, transfer the fried cakes to the bowl with the cinnamon sugar and coat with sugar on both sides.

For the sandwich build: Take one chunnel cake and place a scoop (about 1/3 cup) of the dulce de leche ice cream on top. Sandwich with another chunnel cake, and drizzle with some extra dulce de leche. Serve immediately or freeze for later.


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