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Maple-Fig Ice Cream

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 7 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 7 hr
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ice Cream:

6 to 9 dried Calimyrna figs, stems trimmed (about 4 ounces)

1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream, at room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large egg yolks, at room temperature

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon brandy

Brandied Maple-Fig Sauce, recipe follows

Toasted pine nuts, for garnish

Brandied Maple-Fig Sauce:

1/4 to 1/3 cup remaining fig puree

2 to 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup


Special equipment:
ice cream-maker
  1. Bring 2 cups water and the figs to a simmer in heavy small saucepan over high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, turning occasionally, until the figs are very tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer the figs and 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid to a food processor (or add some water to make 1/2 cup). Blend until the figs are pureed and no large lumps remain. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and chill. (Fig puree can be made 1 week ahead.)
  2. Whisk the whipping cream, sugar, maple syrup, salt and egg yolks in a heavy large saucepan until blended. Whisk over medium heat until the custard thickens enough to coat a spoon (and the temperature registers 170 degrees F to 180 degrees F), 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately whisk 1/2 cup of the fig puree into the custard, reserving the remaining fig puree. Transfer the custard to a bowl and chill uncovered until cool, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Whisk in the sour cream and brandy.
  3. Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a bowl, cover tightly and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.
  4. Scoop the ice cream into goblets or bowls. Spoon some Brandied Maple-Fig Sauce on top, sprinkle with pine nuts and serve.

Brandied Maple-Fig Sauce:

  1. Stir the fig puree, maple syrup and brandy in a small bowl until blended. Cover and chill until needed. (The sauce can be made 1 day ahead.)