Pumpkin Cake with Sage Ice Cream and Pumpkin Cherry Compote
Watching your figure? This vegetarian recipe has 666 calories, 10g of protein, and 29g of fat per serving. This recipe serves 12. This recipe covers 19% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. It will be a hit at your Summer event. If you have butter, egg yolks, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about 1 hour.
Bring cream, half-and-half, sage, and zest to a boil in a large heavy saucepan over moderate heat.
Remove from heat and steep, covered, 10 minutes.
Whisk together yolks, granulated sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk in half of hot cream, then whisk egg mixture into remaining cream in saucepan. Cook custard over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it coats back of spoon and reaches 170F on thermometer, about 5 minutes (do not let boil).
Pour custard through a fine sieve into a bowl and cool, stirring occasionally. Chill custard, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until cold, at least 3 hours.
Freeze custard in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden.
Butter a 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal baking pan. Line bottom with wax or parchment paper, then butter paper.
Sift together flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, and salt.
Whisk together brown sugar and eggs in a large bowl, then whisk in oil and pumpkin pure. 3
Add flour mixture and whisk just until smooth.
Pour batter into baking pan and bake in middle of oven until springy to the touch and a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge and invert onto rack. Peel off paper and cool cake completely.
Soak cherries in hot water to cover until softened, about 15 minutes, then drain.
Melt butter in a large skillet over moderate heat.
Add sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt, then cook, stirring until smooth.
Add pumpkin and drained cherries and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until pumpkin is tender, 8 to 12 minutes.
Cut out 12 (3-inch) rounds from cake with cutter. Halve each round horizontally, then put bottom halves on 12 plates and top with scoops of ice cream. Spoon compote on and around cakes, then tilt tops against ice cream.
Cooks' notes: To cool custard quickly after straining, set bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stir until chilled. Custard can be chilled up to 24 hours before making ice cream. Pumpkin cake and sage ice cream keep, frozen separately, 1 month. Wrap cake tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Thaw cake (in wrapping) at room temperature. * Available in some Latin markets and Tienda (888-472-1022).