Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Strawberry and White Chocolate Ice with Langues de Chat

For this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog has chosen strawberries as the ingredient to be used along with chocolate. To me the taste of freshly-picked strawberries means summer's really here and so I had to make something truly summery. And what’s more summery than an ice cream? Well, actually this ice is made with yogurt rather than cream. Sadly that doesn’t mean it’s really low in fat.

You could make your own custard for this recipe and that would be excellent – Delia (I said that name in hushed tones, of course) is my usual reference point for custard. On the other hand, if you choose to use shop-bought custard, then I won’t tell anybody. It’s best to avoid the reduced fat custard for this recipe, though.

The amount given here is about the maximum that my little ice-cream maker can handle without having  a panic attack, but the ice is quite rich so you don’t need a lot for a serving. You can make this without an ice-cream maker by part freezing the mixture, removing it from the freezer and beating it before freezing again but you’ll need to do that several times to make this particular ice smooth.

I always want something to nibble with a summer ice – it just doesn’t feel complete otherwise. Langues de chat are suitably melting and moreish. They’re also very easy and quick to make, particularly if you have a stand mixer. I'm not sure that the world really needs another recipe for langues de chat since they’re so well known, but this is the version that works for me.  Although vanilla is the traditional flavouring, you can always vary it; orange flower water can work well with fruit, for instance.
Strawberry and White Chocolate Ice

Strawberry and White Chocolate Ice

125 g strawberries (if you have a few wild strawberries to add to the mix then all the better)
2 tbsp icing sugar
50 ml agave nectar (you could just use a sugar syrup if this is unbearably trendy)
200 ml custard
100 g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces or grated
250 ml Greek yogurt (10% fat is best for this recipe)

Whiz the strawberries with the icing sugar in a blender or processor until smooth. Stir in the agave nectar. Place in the fridge to chill.

If you’re making your own custard simply stir in the chocolate at the end after you take it off the heat and allow the chocolate to melt. If you’re using ready-made custard, then heat it very gently (in a bowl over simmering water, for instance) and stir in the chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate has melted completely, take off the heat and chill in the fridge.

When the chocolate custard and strawberry syrup are thoroughly chilled, mix them together with the yogurt and pour into the ice-cream maker. Churn according to the machine’s instructions or the usual way you freeze ice creams.

If the ice has been in the freezer long enough to freeze very thoroughly then don’t forget to take it out a little while before you want to serve it to allow some softening to take place.


Langues de Chat

60 g unsalted butter, softened
60 g icing sugar, sifted
¾ tsp vanilla paste or extract
2 egg whites
60 g flour, sifted (I used extra-fine sponge flour, but it’s not essential)

This amount should make somewhere between 20 and 30, depending on how big you decide to make them.

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Prepare one large or two smaller baking sheets by lining with non-stick paper or silicone sheets.

Cream the butter and sugar together very thoroughly. Beat in the vanilla paste or extract. Loosen the egg whites by beating them briefly with a fork. Pour the egg whites gradually into the butter and sugar mix while continuing to beat. When the egg whites are fully combined, fold in the flour.

Put the mixture into a piping bag with a small nozzle (less than 1 cm, ideally), or just cut the end off one of those really useful disposable piping bags. Pipe the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving room for them to flatten and spread. I try to make mine around 5 cm long, but I don’t think you should be too precise or fussy when piping langues de chat – they’re more interesting if they look a bit random.

Bake in the oven for around 7 minutes, but keep a careful eye on them after 5. They should be brown around the edges but still pale in the centre. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Strawberry and White Chocolate Frozen Yogurt 1

7 comments:

  1. Oh yes, this is a good one for sure. I love my little ice cream maker, and I have a ton of frozen strawberries, so this will be my next ice cream! And husband will like it's relative low-fatness :-) Thanks Phil!

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  2. How utterly divine! I love strawberry ice cream and I simply didn't think of making it but now I have my ice cream maker and your brilliant recipe it would be rude not to.... I can taste it now!

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  3. Ah, it all looks so beautifully summery. Well done for entering!
    Lol. Now I have a mental picture of an ice-cream maker having a panic attack! Funny!

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  4. Thanks for the comments everyone. I'm feeling a bit guilty that it's not a really low-fat frozen yogurt. I might just post one of those in a little while once my ice-cream machine has had a short rest cure.

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  5. It may not be low fat yogurt Phil, but it isn't cream - surely you get brownie points for that? The ice-cream sounds divine and your picture makes it look particularly tempting. Interesting use of agave syrup - just wondering why your using it as well as sugar, or was it just to cut down the amount? I was all fired up to make some langue de chats as you make them sound so easy - until I came across the piping bag bit that is. I have still to master piping bags and am easily put off :(

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  6. Choclette - Thanks for the lovely comment. The piping of langue de chat really isn't serious piping - it's just squeezing the mixture out in a vaguely straight shape. Any old plastic food bag with the corner cut off will do. Using the agave is just to do with getting the right consistency of flavouring syrup without having to dissolve too much sugar. I was persuaded to use it rather than sugar syrup by some serious ice-cream makers. It's an interesting ingredient to use but dissolving some sugar in water would do much the same job.

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