Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Elegant, rich layers of flavor - unless you tell, not many can identify the "lowly" prune! Classic combination of prunes, armagnac & chocolate. Worthy of a place at the finest dinner table (or on the veranda with no one else around). Ideally, plan ahead & let the prunes macerate a few days in the Armagnac (though not necessary). The ice cream can be served immediately after making or after hardening in freezer overnight. I included the initial chilling of the mix before freezing in the prep time. Note: Adapted from "The Perfect Scoop" by David Lebovitz.
- 5 ounces prunes, quartered, pitted
- 6 tablespoons armagnac
- 7 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Place the quartered prunes in a small saucepan with the Armagnac and 1 tablespoons of sugar. Heat over medium-low heat just until the Armagnac starts to bubble. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand at least 2 hours or several days in the fridge.
- When ready to make the ice cream, purée the prunes (be sure to save about 8 prune pieces for garnish) and their liquid in a food processor along with the sour cream, milk, the remaining 6 Tbsps. sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Pulse the mixture until it's almost smooth but leave a few little bits of prunes remaining. I do this by reserving a few prunes & throwing them in for just a few pulses.
- Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour (minimum), then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Serve garnished with a dusting of cocoa powder & a macerated prune piece on the side.