This super-sophisticated, wow-worthy dessert is a great twist on two separate dishes. It takes some time, but it’s worth it, especially for a special occasion. Poaching tomatoes in simple syrup brings out their fruitier side. Paired with buttery and salty ice cream, you’ve got a smart and different winner. Here, it’s crucial to be gentle with the tomatoes: You’re turning them from a vegetable into a fruit culinary. If you’ve got an overgrown basil plant, use those leaves for the basil syrup; thyme sprigs would also work well here, if you’re looking for something a little different. 

Robin Bashinsky

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Credit: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
4 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup ice cream, 4 tomatoes, 2 Tbsp. tomato syrup, 3 tsp. balsamic sauce)
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Ingredients

Ice Cream
Tomatoes
Additional ingredients

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare the Ice Cream: Place egg yolks in a medium-size heatproof bowl. Heat cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until bubbles just form around edges of saucepan, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; slowly and gradually pour mixture into yolks, 1/3 cup at a time, whisking constantly. Pour yolk-milk mixture into saucepan. Using your hands, squeeze burrata cheese over emptied bowl, discarding burrata peels. Cook yolk-milk mixture in saucepan over medium, stirring constantly with a heatproof silicone spatula or wooden spoon, until mixture just coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Immediately whisk mixture into burrata in bowl. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a container; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

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  • Pour chilled Ice Cream mixture into container of a 1 1/2- to 2-quart ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer Ice Cream to a freezer; freeze until set, 2 to 3 hours.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the Tomatoes: Cut a small slit in each tomato. Bring a pot filled with water to a boil over high. Add tomatoes; cook until skins just begin to peel away, 15 to 30 seconds. Immediately plunge tomatoes into a bowl filled with ice water. Working with 1 tomato at a time, remove from ice water; peel and discard skins (leaving tomatoes whole).

  • Heat sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture just comes to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil sprigs. Reduce heat to medium-low (you just want a few bubbles); add peeled tomatoes. Cook, undisturbed, 15 minutes, very gently so tomatoes don’t fall apart. Transfer saucepan to refrigerator; chill 3 to 4 hours.

  • Prepare the Balsamic Sauce: Whisk together balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl.

  • To serve, scoop Ice Cream evenly into parfait glasses. Top with Tomatoes in syrup and Balsamic Sauce; garnish with basil and mint leaves.

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