Friday, June 24, 2011

Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream Roll with Raspberry Sauce

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Sifted powdered sugar
1 quart butteralmond or chocolate almond ice cream, softened
1 recipe Raspberry Sauce (see below)
Fresh raspberries (optional)
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Grease and flour a 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl beat egg yolks and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, beating on medium speed about 5 minutes or until sugar is almost dissolved. Thoroughly wash beaters.

In a large mixing bowl beat egg whites on medium to high speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, beating until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold yolk mixture into egg white mixture. Sprinkle flour mixture over egg mixture; fold in gently, just until combined. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

Bake in 375 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen edges of cake from pan; turn out onto a towel sprinkled with sifted powdered sugar. Starting with a narrow end, roll up cake and towel together. Cool on a wire rack.

Unroll cake. Spread softened ice cream on cake to within 1 inch of edges. Reroll cake without towel. Wrap and freeze at least 4 hours before serving. To serve, drizzle Raspberry Sauce over serving plates. Slice cake and place on plates. If desired, garnish with fresh raspberries and fresh mint. Makes 10 servings.

Raspberry Sauce: In a small saucepan combine 2/3 cup seedless raspberry preserves, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Cook and stir just until melted. Cool slightly.

Make-Ahead Tip
: Make this dessert up to 2 weeks in advance and store it tightly wrapped in the freezer.