This is the time to start planning the holiday menu and why not start with dessert! Putting together these ice cream tartlets couldn’t be simpler really, I make a simple digestive cookie base, fill the tart moulds with my vanilla ice-cream and top the tarts with caramelized orange slices before serving. You can of course unleash your creativity and top your ice cream tartlets with any fruit you like. You can make those days in advance and just put the finishing touch before your Christmas or New Year’s dinner.
Yields 8 tartlets
300g digestive cookies
3-4 Tbs water
4 oranges, thinly sliced
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs sugar
For the Ice cream:
500ml whipping cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1tsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean
Make the cookie crust: Place the digestive cookies a food processor and process for 30 seconds, add enough water trough the feeding tube for the cookie mix to look and feel like wet sand. Brush with oil 8 loose bottom 4-inch tart moulds and press the cookie mix on the bottom of of the moulds.
Make the ice cream: Using a sharp knife make an incision through the middle of the vanilla bean and scrape out the seed. Combine the cold cream the vanilla seed and the vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat with an electrical mixer on hight speed until firm peaks. Bring the speed to low and slowly add the condensed milk to the cream, mixing until fully incorporated, light and fluffy, about 2 more minutes.
Pour the mixture into the tarts moulds, smooth the top with a spatula, cover with a cling paper and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Make the Caramelized oranges: Heat half the butter in a large sauce pan sprinkle a few pinches of sugar in the pan and add the orange slices. Cook over medium heat for a about a minute per side and flip the oranges gently taking care not to rip the flesh . Let them cool down before using.
Serve: Take the tartlets out of the freezer about 5 minutes before serving. Unmould them, top them with the caramelized orange slices and serve.
Wine Suggestion: Serve the Ice cream tartlets with Riesling or Sauterne.