Carrot ice cream cake

  • Preparation Time120 mins
  • Cooking Time180 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyHard

For the carrot cake

About 310ml oil
About 450g granulated sugar
4 eggs
about 300g all-purpose plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
About 3 large organic carrots
1 large golden pineapple
150g hickory nuts

For the cheese ice cream

1 litre milk
About 300ml cream
About 400g sugar, divided
About 150ml glucose
1/2 tsp salt
Cream cheese or (recommended: Brillant Savarin Cheese)
30 egg yolks

For the carrot ice cream

About 1/2-litre carrot reduction (need 30 large carrots)
About 100ml pineapple reduction (need 1 large pineapple)
About 500ml milk
230ml double cream
About 260g sugar
About 100g dry milk
About 140g dry glucose
About 7g ice cream stabilizer

For the pineapple sauce

About 2 large golden pineapples, pureed
About 285g sugar
About 7g Pectin NH (found in specialty stores)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla essence

For the white chocolate spray

About 500g cocoa butter
About 600g white chocolate
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the sugar mixture

About 100g sugar
About 200g fondant icing
150g whole hickory nuts
Masking tape
About 480g tempered white chocolate
For the carrot cake:

1) In a mixing bowl, with paddle attachment, add the oil and sugar. Mix well, about 1 minute.

2) Add the eggs to the bowl and mix. Once the eggs are mixed, sift the dry ingredients and add to the bowl. Mix until incorporated. When the flour has been mixed, add the carrots, drained pineapple and nuts. Mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Pour the mixture onto a full sized sheet pan that has been lined with a silpat.

3) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4 and bake until golden brown, approximately 10 minutes, rotating at the halfway point.

4) Cool the cake to room temperature then place in the freezer to chill.

For the cheese ice cream:

1) Place the milk, cream, half of the sugar, glucose and salt in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer.

2) While this is heating, crack the yolks, and place the other half of the sugar to the side.

3) Place the cheese in a bain marie that has an ice bath nearby.

4) Once the milks are hot, whisk the sugar into the yolks, temper the eggs with the hot milk, and stir. Place it back in the pan, and onto medium heat. Cook the ice cream until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Pour the anglaise into the bain marie, over the cheese. Allow it to cool completely, then blend the anglaise and strain it through a fine sieve. Pour into your ice cream machine and chill in freezer for at least 1 hour.

For the carrot ice cream:

1) Begin by peeling and juicing approximately 30 carrots. Using a juicer, juice the carrots to yield 2L juice. Cook the carrot juice until reduced to about 1/2 a litre. It should have become thick.

2) Juice 1 pineapple with a juicer and then just like the carrot juice, cook it until reduced to 100ml.

3) To begin the ice cream, place the milk and cream in a saucepan. Mix together the sugar, dry milk, dry glucose and stabilizer. Whisk it into the milks. Cook the mixture to 85 degrees C.

4) While the mixture is heating pour the carrot juice and pineapple into a bain marie with an ice bath. Pour the mixture over the juices and cool completely.

5) Strain through a chinois and put in ice cream machine. Freeze for at least 1 hour.

For the pineapple chips:

1) With the left over pulp from the grated pineapple from the carrot cake, place it into the blender and puree. Pat the chips out onto a silpat and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

2) Preheat the oven to 100 degrees C.

3) Place the chips into the oven for at least 2 hours.

4) Once the chips are dry, take the chips out of the oven, and turn the temperature up.

5) Using a small wooden dowel, heat the chips until pliable and roll the chips around the dowel and then pull them off. Cool, set aside.

6) For the pineapple sauce: Using fresh Pineapple, peel 2 pineapples, cut them up and remove the core. Place it into the blender and puree until smooth. Strain the puree through a chinois. Mix the sugar, pectin and salt. In a pan combine the puree with the sugar and pectin and add the vanilla.

7) Cook on medium heat until thick, approximately 3 minutes after it comes to a simmer. Strain the sauce and put into a bain marie to cool completely. Place in a squeeze bottle.

8) For the white chocolate spray: Heat the cocoa butter until melted in the microwave. Heat the white chocolate separately in the microwave until melted. Now that the 2 are melted, burmix them together and mix in the vanilla and salt. Strain through a chinois. Keep in a warm place until ready to spray your cake.

For the hickory nut sugar spears and fondant sugar work:

1) Place the glucose and fondant together in a small pan, and cook until pale golden. Pour it into a small glass bowl. Allow to cool but not set up.

2) While cooling pierce 6 hickory nuts with toothpicks. Place a piece of masking tape up on the edge of a table or the edge of a shelf. Dip the nut into the sugar and stick the toothpick into the masking tape so that it can hang and the sugar drips and it cools. Cut it however long you want your spear.

To assemble the cake:

1) Now that the cake is frozen, cut out pieces of cake using a 15-cm cake ring. With large cookie cutters cut out 2 more circles that are 10-cm in diameter. Place the cake ring on a cardboard that is the same size. Line the ring with a piece of acetate. Place the largest piece of cake on the bottom.

2) Paddle the cheese ice cream in a kitchen aid bowl to soften it. Place it into a piping bag and pipe around the base of the cake and all the way up the sides of the ring. Just so the sides of the ring are covered with ice cream. Allow it to chill 5 minutes.

3) Paddle the carrot ice cream the same way, and place it into a piping bag.

4) Pipe a layer of ice cream over the cake. Place it into the freezer 10 minutes.

5) Place another layer of cake, and repeat with ice cream. Place it into the freezer for 10 minutes.

6) Pipe a thin layer of pineapple sauce over the ice cream. Allow to freeze for 10 minutes.

7) Pipe a layer of cheese ice cream over the sauce. Freeze for 10 minutes.

8) Place the last cake over, and pipe the cheese ice cream on the top to finish. With an off-set long metal spatula, smooth out the top. Allow the cake to freeze for at least 1 hour.

9) Once frozen, pull out the cake, remove the ring and the acetate. Smooth out the sides.

10) Prepare to spray the cake with the white chocolate spray.

11) Once the cake is sprayed, place it into the freezer while tempering chocolate.

12) Temper chocolate and spread onto transfer sheet, cut as desired. Place the tempered chocolate on the outside of the cake, adhering it by using honey. Garnish the top with pineapple sauce and hickory nut spears. Serve with pineapple sauce.

A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

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