Almond Meringue Cake With Strawberry And Vanilla Ice Crm Pt1
- 4 Tbsp. Plus 1/3 c. granulated white sugar
- 2/3 c. Confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 c. Egg whites, about 4 large at room temp
- 1/3 c. Finely minced almonds Vegetable oil spray
- 1 quart Strawberry ice cream, softened slightly
- 1 quart Vanilla ice cream, softened slightly
- 1 1/2 c. Sliced almonds, toasted Fresh strawberries, optional, for garnish
- 1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position-, heat oven to 225 degrees.
- Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Fit large pastry bag with 1/2-inch plain decorating tip.
- 2. Sift 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar with confectioners' sugar-,set aside.
- 3. Place egg whites in large bowl of electric mixer. Using whisk attachment, whip them on low speed just till frothy. Increase speed to medium, sprinkle in 2 Tbsp. reserved granulated sugar, and continue whipping to soft peaks. Gradually add in 1/3 c. reserved granulated sugar,
- continue whipping to stiff, glossy peaks. Stop mixer, rub some meringue between your fingers. If smooth, proceed to next step. If still grainy, continue beating till smooth.
- 4. Sprinkle sifted powdered-sugar mix and minced almonds over meringue, mix in with rubber spatula till just incorporated. Immediately scoop meringue into prepared pastry bag.
- 5. Use a compass to trace 8-inch and 6 1/2-inch circles on parchment paper.
- If a compass is unavailable, use household items like lids or possibly ramekins as guides to trace around. Before forming meringue shapes, pipe
- out or possibly spoon a small quantity(about 1 1/2 tsp.) of meringue into each corner of parchment paper to keep it in place as you work. Lightly spray each circle with cooking spray to ensure easy removal of meringues.
- Beginning in center of traced circle, pipe meringue in a continuous, widening spiral till it reaches edge of the circle.Hold the pastry bag perpendicular to baking sheet, 1 1/2 to 2 inches from area you are piping.
- Apply continuous pressure as you pipe. Pipe a couple of 1/2-inch disks with any excess meringue. These extra meringues are used to test for doneness.
- 6. Bake meringues till one of the test samples releases easily from paper and snaps crisply after 5 min of cooling, 60 to 80 min. Once sample is crisp when tested, remove baking sheet from oven and place on cooling rack till meringue disks are room temperature, about 30 min. Carefully remove cooled meringues from paper. Place larger disk on 9-inch round piece of cardboard or possibly removable tart-pan bottom. Place smaller disk on similar surface. Freeze both disks for 30 min. (Can also be stored in an airtight container up to 2 weeks-, upon removal,freeze the disks before adding topping.)
- 7. Spread 2 c. of strawberry ice cream over each frzn disk with a flexible metal spatula. Return disk to freezer for 30 min or possibly till ice cream is hard.
- 8. Spread 1 c. of vanilla ice cream over strawberry ice cream on large disk. Return disk to freezer till ice cream is hard.
- 9. When ice cream on large disks is frzn, carefully slide smaller meringue disk, ice-cream side up, on top of ice-cream layers on large disk.
- Spread the remaining vanilla ice cream over top and sides of cake.
- Move spatula from bottom upward to contour top and create dome shape.
- Return dessert to freezer till ice cream is hard.
- 10. Hold cake in one hand directly over a baking pan containing nuts. Use other hand to gently press nuts into ice cream. Nuts can be secured by pressing them gently into ice cream with a flexible metal spatula.
- 11. Return cake to freezer for at least 4 hrs or possibly up to 1 day. About 15
- continued in part 2
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