I bet you are wondering where I'm going to go with this.
If you are on Facebook you already know about Top 5 but for those of you that haven't joined Facebook there is an application that you can make Top 5 lists. You can do everything from Your Top 5 candies, Your Top 5 Books, Your Top 5 Chefs You Would Love To Cook For You... you get the point. While I do not know who my Top 5 People I'd Love To Be Stranded On An Deserted Island With, I do know Rich's.
Let me introduce you to his Top 5... (in no particular order)
1. Selma Hayek
2. Ashley Judd
3. Catherine Zeta-Jones
4. Lidia Bastianich
5. Donna Brazile
Now I'm sure you're thinking something along the line of, "He has 3 pieces of eye candy and one person to cook for him and someone to discuss politics." Yeah, well you would be wrong. He loves all these women equally. When Lidia comes on TV his voice lowers down a notch and he says, "My girl is on TV." in an almost sexy whisper. And trust "My girl" is not sexist at all, it is almost like he is saying a prayer. I gotta hand it to my husband, he doesn't find the typical beach blonde sexy a la Pam Anderson. You better bring something else to the table other than big boobs.
This ice cream was inspired by watching Lidia make cannoli in Sicily. Lidia's cannoli was ricotta cheese blended with confectioners sugar studded with candied orange and mini chocolate chips. Well, we all know how I feel about ricotta cheese so I made up a recipe. (There are other cannoli ice cream recipes with ricotta go ahead and make it but I won't eat it. I won't, I won't, I won't!)
cannoli ice cream: makes about 1 quart
3 cups of heavy cream
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
zest of one orange
a few drops of vanilla extract
mini chocolate chips (use your own judgement)
Warm 2 cups of cream, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a paring knife. Add the bean pod to the cream. Remove from heat, add orange zest and cover. Let steep at room temp. for 30 minutes.
Pour the remaining one cup of cream into a large bowl and set mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm steeped mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, then remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Add mini chocolate chips at the very end of churning your ice cream.
To serve: Make sure the ice cream is somewhat soft and gently spoon into cannoli shells. If you want... place some chocolate sauce on the bottom of the plate, artistically of course, then place ice cream filled cannoli atop the chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and extra mini chocolate chips.
Tasting Notes: Make this to impress. It does have a orange flavor to it so if you are not partial to orange you might want to leave it out.
Posted by krysta at 12:00 AM