Recipe courtesy of David Rosengarten

Dried Cherry Nougat Glace

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  • Total: 8 hr 40 min
  • Prep: 8 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. To caramelized sugar add the hazelnuts. Stir to coat.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Beat 3 egg whites to soft peaks. With machine running add, in a stream, the cooked sugar syrup. Beat until completely cool.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.