Prune Sherry Ice Cream With Burnt Sugar Sauce
|Pitted prunes||6 Ounce|
|Dry sherry||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Sugar||1 2⁄3 Cup (26.67 tbs)|
|Egg yolks||3 Large|
|Milk||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Heavy cream||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Sliced almonds||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), toasted|
In a saucepan combine the prunes and 1 cup water, bring the water to a boil, and simmer the prunes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are very soft.
Add the Sherry, simmer the mixture for 1 minute, and let it cool.
In a food processor puree the mixture coarse.
In a bowl whisk together 2/3 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch, the whole egg, and the yolks and add the milk, scalded, in a stream, whisking.
In a heavy saucepan bring the mixture to a boil over moderate heat, whisking, and boil it, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes.
Strain the custard through a fine sieve into a metal bowl set in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and add the prune mixture and the cream.
Stir the custard mixture until it is cold and freeze it in an ice-cream freezer according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Line a metal loaf pan, 9 by 5 by 3 inches, with plastic wrap, spoon the ice cream into it, and freeze the ice cream, the top smoothed and the surface covered with plastic wrap, for at least 8 hours or overnight.
The ice cream may be made 1 week in advance.
In a dry large deep heavy skillet cook the remaining 1 cup sugar over moderately low heat, undisturbed, until it is melted, increase the heat to moderate, and cook the sugar, swirling the skillet occasionally, until it turns a deep caramel.
Remove the skillet from the heat, pour 1 cup hot water carefully into the side of the skillet, and boil the burnt sugar sauce, stirring, until it is syrupy and reduced to about 3/4 cup.
The sauce may be made 1 week in advance and kept covered and chilled.
Unmold the ice cream and serve it, sliced, with the sauce, warm or at room temperature, and sprinkled with the almonds.