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Ideas for items to balance overly rich coffee ice cream.

lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 09:25 AM

I made Nigella Lawson's no churn coffee ice cream and although the flavor and texture is bang on, the richness of the ingredients ( double cream and condensed milk) leaves a buttery mouth feel. This is not a spoon in the tub ice cream but more of a tiny scoop on a dessert plate type ice cream. Challenge is what could be on the plate to complement that tiny scoop. Would love your ideas.

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    travelerjjm RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 09:31 AM

    Flourless chocolate cake would be a great choice for me.

    1. ipsedixit RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 11:43 AM

      Pound cake

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        grangie angie RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2013 08:19 PM

        oooh yeah,esp toasted pound cake!

      2. foodieX2 RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 11:49 AM

        In a small bowl, topped with fresh raspberries and splash of kahlua.

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          masha RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 12:16 PM


          1. MidwesternerTT RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 12:30 PM

            Angelfood cake

            A handful of toasted almonds

            Graham Cracker squares

            Vanilla wafer cookie (e.g., Nilla Wafers)

            Butter waffle cookie, Pazelle, or krumkake

            "Cigarette" cookies like this one

            Anything chocolate

            Coconut macaroon

            1. gingershelley RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 12:59 PM

              A frozen coffee granita, or perhaps an orange one would be a nice counterpoint scoop to the maybe over-rich ice cream?

              Something with NO fat in it for a little palate relief.... And perhaps a lean chocolate wafer cookie on the side.

              An Affegato would be great too - put the small scoop in a demitasse, and drown it in a short espresso. A classic! This I would serve with a cookie of some kind for sure.

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                greygarious RE: gingershelley Apr 21, 2013 09:25 PM

                I totally agree - nothing fatty like pound cake or chocolate cake. Chocolate wafer cookies or a thin wafer of dark chocolate candy, just a couple of bites.

                Bananas Foster would work IF you cut way back on the butter so the sauce is mostly caramel and liqueur. Or just drizzle a small scoop of the ice cream with Kahlua.

              2. Kris in Beijing RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 07:33 PM

                A lightweight lemon cookie.

                And I would taste it with a basil "pesto"-- something intensely bright, but no garlic-- and see how that worked.

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                  4Snisl RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 07:36 PM

                  Maybe a chocolate souffle, with a small scoop of the coffee ice cream going on top at the last minute so it forms a sauce as you break in.....

                  1. sbp RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 07:38 PM

                    Port wine coulis. The acidity will help.

                    1. Jay F RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 07:52 PM

                      A mint leaf and lemon zest garnish. Get the lemon zest right on the ice cream.

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                        sandylc RE: lunchslut Apr 21, 2013 08:24 PM

                        Serve it alongside some coffee sorbet.

                        1. helen_m RE: lunchslut Apr 22, 2013 07:21 AM

                          I love coffee and chocolate together - a dark chocolate sorbet would be lovely, or dark-chocolate studded biscotti (maybe with some orange zest in the mix?)

                          Meringue and a dark chocolate sauce?

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                            Isolda RE: lunchslut Apr 22, 2013 07:41 AM

                            I'd just pour something seriously alcoholic over it, like half a shot of single malt scotch (don't knock it til you've tried it) to cut the richness.

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                              HillJ RE: lunchslut Apr 23, 2013 05:59 PM

                              A ladyfinger filled with a square of melted dark chocolate

                              1. c oliver RE: lunchslut Apr 23, 2013 07:35 PM

                                I've done this MANY times with super rich ice cream. Sprinkle some very good sea salt over it and then a tiny drizzle of the very best olive oil. It's heaven and our guests go a little nuts over the combo :)

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                                  maria lorraine RE: c oliver Apr 24, 2013 12:26 AM

                                  Sounds wonderful.

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                                    c oliver RE: maria lorraine Apr 24, 2013 07:22 AM

                                    Thanks, Maria. Can't claim credit for it though. A couple of years ago our realtor treated us to dinner at a pretty high end Italian place with pretty ho-hum food, dessert included. Ordered this as nothing else appealed at all. What a surprise. Hope you're well.

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