June 23, 2009

The last basket of strawberries...

Probably today, I bought the last portion of strawberries this season, so I was totally keen to prepare a nice dessert using them. I found a cake recipe with fresh strawberries, jam and whipped cream. I thought, yes, this is it! But later, when organising the fridge I discovered some exotic ingredients that I almost forgot! Besides I was craving for chocolate, so instead of a fresh strawberry dessert I prepared lemongrass ice cream, grapefruit-chili jelly and an ordinary chocolate cake, among some candied kumquats using Amy's recipe. The ice cream is just amazing!

250 g dark chocolate
4 eggs
220 g sugar

250 g butter
70 g flour

Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt chocolate over steam. Whisk eggs with sugar and whisk in melted butter, then add melted chocolate. Stir in flour and bake in a buttered and floured form for 25-35 minutes. Let it cool.

150 g lemongrass
100 ml lime juice
80 g sugar
30 g maple syrup
15 g grape sugar
150 ml cream, cold
200 ml milk, cold

Slice lemon grass and heat together with the sugar and lime juice. Remove from the heat and stir in maple syrup, grape sugar and let it cool. Mix it with the cream and milk and let it stand
for 2-3 hours. Sieve and let the ice cream machine do the rest. (ice cream recipe by Johann Lafer)


Vicki said...

Looks delicious! I just made lemongrass ice cream too - love the flavor.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A great dessert! I love that falvor combination!



Jasmin said...

I wish I could have sat at your table. Looks wonderful, and I bet it was delicious.

Chibog in Chief said...

what a beautiful flavor together you made here :-)

ps, same here strawberries are starting to be replace with melons

♥peachkins♥ said...

This is very elegant looking...

Amy J. said...

Wow, what a great idea and combination of flavors! The end result is beautiful. Wish I could have tasted the ice cream! Mmmm.

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