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For the tart tatin
450g cherries – Pitted
350g block puff pastry, thawed if frozen
25g unsalted butter
For spiced syrup (Note: You will only need 3 tbsp of the syrup)
1 vanilla pod, split open
1 cinnamon stick
3 star anise
250g caster sugar
Vanilla ice cream
600ml double cream
200ml whole milk
2 vanilla pods
6 egg yolks
150g vanilla infused caster sugar
60g almonds – skin on
Icing sugar to serve (Optional)
For the vanilla ice cream
1. Pour the double cream, milk into a large saucepan.
2. Split the vanilla pods lengthways and scrape the seeds out using the back of your knife and add to the pan with the milk/cream and the scraped pods.
3. On a medium heat, heat until nearly boiling point then turn off the heat and allow to infuse for a minimum of 30mins. The longer you leave the more the vanilla infuses.
4. When infused, reheat to a simmer.
5. In a mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until light and fluffy.
6. Slowly whisk the mixture infused cream into the bowl with the eggs and sugar. You must keep whisking otherwise you may end up with scramble eggs.
7. Pour back into the saucepan and cook until it reaches 80c then remove from the heat. You must constantly stir otherwise it will split or scramble. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve so it catches the pods/seeds into a new saucepan. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve so it catches the pods/seeds into a new saucepan.
8. Allow to cool to room temp.
9. Once cooled add to your ice cream maker and churn for 35-40 mins until it reaches ice cream consistency. If you do not own an ice cream machine, pour the mixer into a Tupperware container. After an hour remove from the freezer, stir then return to the freezer. Repeat this until it becomes ice cream consistency. Serve straight away.
For spiced syrup
1. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and place in a saucepan with the pod, the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, caster sugar and 250ml water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then boil for 2–3minutes. Remove from the heat.
For tart tatin
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7. For this recipe you need a 20cm tart tatin dish or ovenproof frying pan. Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface to a 26cm diameter round, or 3cm bigger than your dish. Leave to rest until ready to assemble the tart.
2. Heat the butter and 3 tablespoons of the spiced syrup in the tart tatin dish over a Medium heat until golden brown and starting to form a caramel. Add the cherries and turn down heat and cook for a further 5 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temp.
3. Loosely roll up the pastry around the rolling pin, then carefully unroll over the top of the tart. Tuck the pastry down the sides (inside the dish) with your fingers. Using a sharp knife make 3 small insertions to the middle of the pastry to allow the steam to escape the pastry. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Remove from the oven and allow to settle for 10 minutes, then turn out the tart on to a plate (set the inverted plate on top of the dish and, holding the two firmly together, quickly flip over).
For the almonds
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
2. Place the almonds onto a baking tray and cook for 3-5mins until they start to release their scent.
3. Put into a pestle and mortar and crush into rough chunks.
4. Set aside until ready to plate.
1. Slice the tart into sixths.
2. Dust with icing sugar, if using.
Add a good scoop of the ice cream and scatter over the almonds.