“I love apple desserts,” says Chef Traci Des Jardins of San Francisco, “and the Apple Ice is easy and delicious.” Her classical training comes through in the frangipane paste, traditional in French tarts.
What to buy: Frangipane is a pastry cream that has ground almonds, almond paste, or almond flour added. It can be found in gourmet grocery stores or specialty baking stores.
If you are having a hard time finding frangipane, you can substitute almond paste. Look for pure almond paste in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. We prefer Odense brand.
Beverage pairing: Lustau Pedro Ximénez San Emilio Sherry, Spain. Because of the marzipan and caramel sauce, the wine for this dish should not emphasize fruit, but rather more nutty, cooked flavors. This sweet sherry made from the Pedro Ximénez grape tastes of dried figs, hazelnuts, and caramel. It’s thick and rich, but kept from being cloying by surprising acidity.
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