A Vacherin is a frozen dessert made of meringue, vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet and decorated with Chantilly cream. Let’s just say it is divine and looks fantastic so it’s perfect for nice occasions! Of course, when you talk about ice creams and sorbets, Thermomix is the perfect tool to have on hands. Please note that this dessert needs a bit of prep time so it should be made at least 2 days in advance. But the beauty of it is that it can also be made as much in advance as you like since it needs to be kept in the freezer. That means no last minute frantic preparation in the kitchen, you can enjoy your guests and wow them with this delight!
(Source : book “Patisserie” from Christophe Felder)
Vanilla ice cream (recipe from Fast and Easy cooking)
1/2 vanilla pod or 2 tsp vanilla extract
6 eggs yolk
250g single cream
100g caster sugar
Raspberry sorbet (recipe from Fast and Easy Cooking)
450g frozen raspberries + 200g ice cubes
1/2 lemon, skin, piths and seeds removed, frozen
2 tbsp of berry liquor or berry juice
3 egg whites
250g single cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp Kirsch (optional)
Fresh berries and mint leave to decorate
- At least 2 days in advance, make the vanilla ice cream:
- For the vanilla ice cream, weigh the milk in the TM bowl. Add the vanilla and egg yolks. Cook 4 min/80C/speed 10.
- Add the cream and sugar. Cook 2 min/80C/speed 10.
- Immediately pour into a shallow freezer-proof box (or silicone ice-cube tray as I did) and leave to cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 24 hours so that the mixture matures.
- Put in the freezer for at least 6 hours or until needed.
- Make the meringue discs:
- Put the egg whites in the TM bowl with the butterfly whisk in (or if you prefer, use a stand mixer or a hand mixer). Add 30g of sugar to the whites.
- Mix speed 3.5 for about 3 minutes measuring cup OFF.
- While the machine is whisking and when the whites are getting foamy, add 70g of sugar through the hole.
- Add the last 100g of sugar as the whites are getting firmer.
- You may need more than 3 minutes to get the whites to a perfect firm consistency (they must stick to the whisk and not fall off when the bowl is turned upside down.
- Preheat the oven at 150C.
- Spoon the mixture in a piping bag with a round nozzle and pipe a disc of meringue about 18cm diameter, starting from the center on a baking parchment or a silicone sheet.
- Pipe a second disc of meringue on a second tray lined with baking parchment/silicone sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes, then lower the temperature to 90C and bake slowly for 2 hours. Then switch off the oven and let the meringues completely cool in the oven. This will guarantee a very dry inside (you don’t want any chewy meringue in there).
- Once the meringues are cooled, use a 20cm pastry circle or remove the bottom of a 20cm springform tin and use as a guide to cut around the meringues so they fit perfectly in the circle (see picture)
- On the day you assemble the dish, put the circle with one meringue disc at the bottom on the serving dish. Churn the vanilla ice cream :
- Put 300g of the frozen vanilla preparation in the bowl (if needs be, cut into 3 cm chunks) and churn at speed 9 while stirring with the spatula through the hole until smooth.
- Quickly spoon it in the circle with the first meringue disc at the bottom and spread it evenly using a spatula. Put in the freezer while making the raspberry sorbet:
- Weigh in the sugar in the TM bowl and grind 5 sec/speed 10
- Add the frozen fruits and lemon and ice. Crush at speed 5 until the mixture no longer moves around in the TM bowl (you’ll hear it).
- Add the juice or liquor. Churn up to 1 min/speed 9 while stirring vigorously with the TM spatula through the hole in the lid until smooth.
- Take out the dish from the freezer and quickly spoon in the sorbet on top of the vanilla ice cream. Make sure there is no hole between layers, so flatten the sorbet with a spatula. Put the second meringue disc on top and freeze again for 2 hours.
- Latsly, make the Chantilly cream:
- Put the cream in the TM bowl with the butterfly whisk and process at speed 3, measuring cup off. Watch very carefully and add the sugar, Kirsch if using and the vanilla extract as soon as it starts foaming. Continue whisking until it looks like it’s starting to be softly whipped at the top (it will be firmer at the bottom).
- Spoon in a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle. Take out the dish from the freezer and using a hair dryer or a blowtorch, warm the sides of the circle then carefully lift it up.
- Pipe in the Chantilly all over the Vacherin.
- Leave in the freezer until about 30 minutes before serving. Decorate with fresh fruits and mint leaves.