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Profiteroles with Honey Lavender Ice Cream

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Introduction

Profiteroles are my weakness--they're the perfect combination of crisp pastry with cool smooth ice cream...and then a splash of dark chocolate to finish it off.

Servings: 10

Profiteroles with Honey Lavender Ice Cream

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  • Profiteroles with Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Heavy Cream
1/2 Cup Half-and-half
1 Tablespoon Dried Lavender Leaves (pesticide-free)
5 Large Egg Yolks
5 Tablespoons Honey
1 Tablespoon Benedictine Liqueur
3 Ounces Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
1 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
4 Large Eggs
Chocolate Sauce or Warm Honey

Directions:

Make ice cream:

  • Bring cream, half-and-half, and lavender just to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Cover pan and let lavender steep for 1 hour.
  • Pour through a fine sieve into a measuring cup.
  • Whisk together yolks, honey, and Benedictine in a bowl, then add hot cream mixture in a slow stream, whisking. Pour custard into pan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and a thermometer registers 175°F (do not let boil).
  • Pour custard through a fine sieve into a clean bowl and cool. Chill, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.
  • Freeze custard in an ice-cream maker. Transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.

Make profiteroles:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Bring butter, water, sugar, and salt to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over high heat, stirring, until butter is melted. Reduce heat to moderate and add flour all at once, stirring. Cook, beating with a wooden spoon, until mixture pulls away from side of pan, forming a ball, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with wooden spoon after each addition. (Or you can do this in a standing mixer.)
  • Transfer mixture to pastry bag (see Cool Tip) and pipe 20 mounds (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter) about 1 inch apart on a large baking sheet lined with a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Bake profiteroles in upper third of oven 10 minutes.
  • Reduce temperature to 300°F and continue to bake until outside of puffs are crisp and golden, about 15 minutes.
  • Transfer profiteroles on baking sheet to a rack to cool.
  • Increase oven temperature to 400°F and make another batch in same manner.

Assembly:

  • Halve each profiterole horizontally with a serrated knife and sandwich a small scoop (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) ice cream between halves (or pipe it with pastry bag).
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce or honey.

Notes:

Do Ahead:

  • Custard can be chilled up to 24 hours.
  • Ice cream may be made 2 weeks ahead.
  • Profiteroles may be made 1 day ahead and recrisped in a 350°F oven about 5 minutes, or 1 month ahead and frozen in an airtight container

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Nutrition:

Per Serving (excluding the sauce): 240 Calories; 17g Fat (63.5% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 160mg Cholesterol; 50mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates.