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Plum Ice Cream with Wild Sage Meringue Recipe

Ingredients

For the Ice Cream
  • 500ml full cream milk
  • 500ml cream
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 30ml cornstarch
  • 200g sugar
  • 12 ripe plums, halved, pips removed
For the Meringue
  • 200g sugar
  • handful of wild sage leaves or plain sage
  • 4 egg whites
To Serve
  • fresh plums
  • wild sage flowers

Recipe: Kobus van der Merwe

Methods

For the Ice Cream

Place the sugar and halved plums in a saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved and the plums just start to collapse. In a large pot, bring the milk to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolk and cornstarch together. Add the cooked plums and sugar to the boiling hot milk, then add the milk and plum mixture to the whisked egg yolk in one go, while whisking vigorously. Add the cream and whisk through. Leave to cool completely. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer instructions.

 

For the Meringue

Grind the sugar and sage leaves together using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Whisk the egg whites and infused sugar together until thick and glossy. Spread thinly onto silicone baking mats and cook at 100°C for approximately one hour, until crisp when cooled to room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

 

To Serve

Serve scoops of plum ice cream with slices of fresh plum, shards of wild sage meringue and wild sage flowers.