This dessert is more on presentation than actually cooking. On the web, I found some beautiful photos of this ice cream which formed the inspiration to this dish.
The ice cream is wonderful on its own but the addition of the frozen chocolate air adds a lot to the presentation.
Normally, foams/airs should be strong in flavour as it has a lot of air in them (with no flavour). But for the frozen air, don’t use any stronger chocolate than 70%.
2 kinds of ice-cream (or sorbets), slightly thawed. As per the original recipe, I used mango and vanilla flavours.
The berry sauce:
250 g blackberries (frozen berries work well too).
75 ml concentrated black current juice
3 tbsp gin
Frozen Choco Air:
100 g dark chocolate, chopped
250 ml water
½ tsp soy lecithin
1. Process the ingredients for the berry sauce in a blender until smooth. For a completely smooth sauce, pour the sauce through a strainer/cheese cloth. Reserve some of the sauce for decoration.
2. Line a shallow casserole dish with baking parchment. Alternate spoonfuls of the two ice creams at the bottom of the dish, add the berry sauce in the gaps between the spoonfuls. Make two layers. You want to avoid any air bubbles. Place in freezer for 2-3 hours.
3. Bring the water for the Frozen Choco Air to a boil. Add the chopped chocolate. Remove from heat and stir until melted. Cool.
4. In a shallow dish, add the soy lecithin to the chocolate mixture and using an immersion blender, incorporate as much air as possible into the foam. The best way of doing this is to tilt the dish slightly and keep half of the blender outside the mixture while blending. There will be splatter so keep the bowl partially covered with cling film.
5. After 4-5 minutes you should have some foam. Spoon the foam (no liquid, just foam) onto a tray covered with baking parchment. Form little piles. Continue blending to make some more foam and then spoon that foam as well onto the tray.
6. When done, place in freezer for 1-2 hours.
7. Serving: Cut the ice cream into squares. Using a spatula, take some spoon and place on top of ice cream. Do not touch the foam with your hands as it will instantly melt. Placing it on top of the frozen ice cream allows the foam to stay in shape for a longer time. Decorate with the reserved sauce.
8. Serve immediately. If you decide to omit the foam, please find below some alternative plating ideas.