May 31, 2006
Notes: From executive chef Joshua Skenes of Stonehill Tavern. Hazelnut flour can be purchased at Erewhon Natural Foods in Los Angeles, selected Mother's Markets and selected Whole Foods Markets. Any local flower honey can be substituted for the acacia honey. Lemon verbena is available at farmers markets; plants are available at some nurseries.
Lemon verbena ice cream
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
1 cup fresh lemon verbena leaves, crushed in a mortar
10 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1. Heat the cream, milk and lemon verbena in a saucepan until the temperature reaches 170 degrees, and the mixture is just starting to simmer. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain out the lemon verbena.
2. Using an electric mixer, whisk the yolks with half of the sugar until the mixture is pale in color and a ribbon consistency.
3. Add the remaining sugar to the saucepan with the cream mixture and bring it back to a simmer, cooking until the sugar dissolves.
4. Slowly whisk in a third of the hot sugar-cream mixture into the yolks to temper, stirring constantly. Pour it all back into the pan and continue to stir until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Pour into a bowl and set over a bowl of ice water until cool.
5. Refrigerate overnight. Freeze in an ice cream maker the next day according to the maker's instructions. Makes a generous quart.
1 3/4 cups, plus 1 tablespoon flour
2 1/4 cups, minus 1 tablespoon hazelnut flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) chilled butter
4 pints raspberries, divided
1/4cup acacia honey, warmed
1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, hazelnut flour, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cut the butter into small chunks and incorporate into the flour mixture, leaving bits of butter visible in the crumbly dough.
2. Cover with plastic and let the dough rest in the refrigerator one hour. Divide the dough into eight portions and gently press into eight 4-inch round removable-bottom tart molds. Do not press too firmly or the crust will be tough.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
4. Purée 1 pint of raspberries with the sugar. Spread the purée onto the hazelnut crust. Arrange the remaining raspberries on top and drizzle with the warm honey.
5. Serve the tarts with a scoop of lemon verbena ice cream and a drizzle of acacia honey.
Each serving with half-cup scoop of ice cream: 1,062 calories; 14 grams protein; 118 grams carbohy- drates; 11 grams fiber; 63 grams fat; 30 grams saturated fat; 396 mg. cholesterol; 443 mg. sodium.
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