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Chile-Lime Pineapple with Cardamom-Lime Ice Cream

Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 pineapple slice, 3/4 cup ice cream, and 4 teaspoons syrup)
This delightful combination of silky ice cream and sweet-tart-spicy pineapple can be made several days in advance and requires no ice-cream maker. Soaking the lime rind in boiling water helps remove any bitterness and softens the strips.

Ingredients

  • Ice cream:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 large pasteurized egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • Pineapple:
  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons (1-inch) julienne-cut lime rind
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 hot red or green chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 8 (1/2-inch) slices

Nutrition Information

  • calories 248
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • fat 5.9 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 2.7 g
  • carbohydrate 49 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 53 mg
  • calcium 58 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare ice cream, combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar; cook 3 minutes.

  2. While sugar syrup cooks, place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually pour hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over egg whites, beating at high speed until mixture is glossy and stiff (about 5 minutes).

  3. Combine buttermilk, cream, 1/3 cup juice, and 1 teaspoon rind, stirring with a whisk; gently fold into egg white mixture. Spoon into a freezer-safe bowl; cover and freeze 8 hours or overnight.

  4. To prepare pineapple, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons rind in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Drain. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 cup boiling water and rind.

  5. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thick (do not stir). Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons rind, 1/4 cup juice, and chile. Cool completely.

  6. Place pineapple slices on a platter. Pour chile-lime syrup over pineapple; cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Serve pineapple and syrup with the ice cream.