Plum Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Makes: 9

Notes: Best prepared the day before or at least five hours before serving.

Recipe and Photography supplied by : Brodie Chan, The Hungry Babushka

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x 435g Carême Vanilla Bean Sweet Shortcrust Pastry, Defrosted
  • 250ml Pedro Ximenez sherry
  • 250ml apple juice
  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly bruised
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 blood plums, halved
  • 1L good-quality vanilla ice-cream, slightly softened at room temperature

METHOD

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Preheat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan).

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Use a 7cm cookie cutter to cut 18 circles from the pastry.  Place circles onto a lined baking tray then bake for 10 -12minutes.  Remove from oven and allow biscuits to cool completely. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days

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Combine sherry, apple juice, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan.  Add 250ml water then bring to the boil over high heat.  Drop heat to low and add plums, allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until plums are very soft.

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Strain through a fine sieve, reserving liquid.

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Remove skin and seeds from plums, discard.  In a separate bowl from liquid use a spatula to press the plum flesh through a fine sieve.  Reserve the puree.

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Clean out the saucepan, return strained liquid and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Allow to boil for around 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced to a thick syrup, around 1/3 of a cup.

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Add syrup to the plum puree and allow to cool completely then fold through the softened ice-cream and return to freezer for at least 4 hours to harden.

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Use an ice-cream scoop to make generous scoops of the ice-cream then sandwich between two biscuits to serve.

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