Dionysia: Baked Olympus

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Flavored ices were first served on the streets in ancient Greece. Though they probably achieved something more like a snow cone, I wanted to incorporate a lot of the flavors of the region and time into this sundae. Halva was also invented in ancient Greece, hence its appearance here. We also have a family thing about always incorporating Baked Alaskas into meals.

Goat Milk & Olive Oil Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Goat half-and-half
    • or two cups each whole milk and cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup good quality, Greek, grassy extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 good squeeze of fresh orange juice

Preparation

  • Whisk ingredients together assertively
  • Strain any orange bits
  • Freeze in your ice cream machine

Halva

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Preparation

  • Dissolve water and sugar in a small pot, over low to medium heat, using a candy thermometer to track the temperature
  • Heat the tahini over low heat in a separate small pot
  • When the sugar mixture gets to 260 F, pour in the Tahini, and stir it together
  • Pour into a greased or lined container
  • Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving

Meringue

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Preparation

Whip egg whites and tartar together until stiff peaks form. Add half the sugar at a time, and continue beating until stiff peaks return.

Plating

Gently crumble the halwa into the serving dishes, creating a layer of texture in the bottom. Scoop or quenelle the ice cream over the halwa. Scoop or pipe the meringue over the ice cream, fully covering the ice cream. Use a torch to gently toast the outside of the meringue. Serve immediately. We literally ate this too fast to get a photo, sorry.

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