Monday, May 17, 2010

Tuile Cups with Super Lemon Ice Cream

I've mentioned cooking club in earlier posts and promised to reveal more later. So, with this post I'm fulfilling my pledge. I've wanted to form some kind of a cooking club for a very long time. Finally, earlier this year, my vision came to life in the form of the Halal Gourmet Cooking Club. I structured the club in such a way that we meet socially every six weeks to celebrate some kind of unique culinary experience. We meet at a different members' home each time and this person hosting is charged ahead of time with selecting a theme and designing the menu. Participants receive a copy of the complete menu from the hostess a few weeks prior to the actual soiree and each is assigned a course to test, create, and adapt so that it meets strict Islamic halal standards. Not only does this allow each member the fun opportunity to plan an exotic menu but along the way everyone gets a chance to delve into the new cooking experiences that come with each meeting's theme.

The theme for our last meeting was "Spring Dishes with an Italian Flair." The five-course dinner was wonderful and included roasted vegetables antipasto, homemade pasta, lamb chops and peach mascarpone tart just to mention a few of the delicious dishes prepared by fellow Halal Mamas and Halal Gourmet Cooking Clubbers. My assigned dish was lemon gelato. I actually made a very simple, light and lemony ice cream served on tuile cups. If you love citric desserts this is one you will want to try, and the extremely easy to make tuile cups definitely add a special touch.

Tuile Cups with Super Lemon Ice Cream
Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Serves about 8

This is a perfect dessert for my boys who together are allergic to eggs, sesame and nuts of all kind. Unlike tuile recipes that usually have almond and ice creams that contain eggs, this dessert is free of both eggs and nuts. If you have a child with dairy allergy as well, substitute the ice cream with a sorbet.

Super Lemon Ice Cream

Zest of 2 lemons
¼ cup of sugar
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
2 cups half-and-half
Pinch of Salt

Zest the lemons into a food processor. Add the sugar and blend until the lemon zest is very fine. Add lemon juice and blend until the sugar is dissolved. Blend in the half-and-half and salt until smooth.

Chill for at least one hour, then freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Tuile Cups

4 Tbsp butter
¼ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
6 Tbsp flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside four overturned teacups or custard cups.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan with the corn syrup and brown sugar. Stir in the vanilla extract and flour.

Drop the batter by scant tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, spacing about four inches apart. Using a small off-set spatula, spread each into a 2-inch round. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they are deep golden brown. Working quickly with a wide metal spatula, lift one tuile from the sheet. Immediately place over an inverted teacup or custard cup. Quickly press tuile around the custard cup. Repeat with remaining tuiles, one at a time. Cool until set.

Make ahead: I stored mine overnight in reclosable food storage bags and they were fine the next day.


  1. This ice cream is yummy beyond words, and eating it with the bowl its served in makes it that much sweeter...delicioso...thanks for sharing K

  2. This is definitely my favorite so far... I love the risotto but the looks of this ice cream/Tuile cups just made me change my mind! I bet the taste was even better! You have just outdone yourself, my friend! And you should be sending Rachel Ray to the unemployment line... Seriously!

  3. Thanks for sharing the delish recipe. I loved eating it on Sunday with all my lovely cooking club ladies!

  4. My mouth is still watering...this was so delicious!


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