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Daim Ice Cream Cake; the perfect summer dessert

One of things I most look forward to when going to Norway is being able to enjoy all the delicious chocolates. There simply isn’t any chocolate in the world better than the rich, creamy, light chocolates of Norway. Whether it’s the superior milk there or their secret recipe,  I am not sure, but during every visit I overdose on all and any type of chocolate I can get my hands on.  It’s as if I have to make up for lost time, “suffering” through the rest of the year among the American chocolate found  in the grocery isles here.  I secretly feel sorry for American kids who think a Hershey bar is the best thing ever.  They don’t know what they are missing!

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One of my old time favorites is Daim.  This toffee candy is crunchy and creamy and covered with the most delicious milk chocolate, and has now become more widely available (thank God) in other countries as well.   I love it because it offers different textures and seems lighter than other chocolates, but still contain so many layers of flavors.  There now is Daim in all forms:  Streusel (to put on top of ice cream, cakes  and other desserts),  bite size Daim,  ice cream bars, and Daim biscuits among other things.  Clearly people love this product, and will invent any excuse to add Daim into any and all foods if they can!

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Last week I was fortunate to have tasted a homemade Daim ice cream cake made by one of my sister’s friends, and although it has now become quite the classic in Norway,  served at confirmations, christenings, weddings and holidays, I was simply astounded once again by how delightful this cake is.  With the weather reaching record temperatures in Norway this past week and it certainly has started getting balmy in NY as well as we move towards summer, I thought it fitting to include a recipe for this cool dessert.

This recipe is stuffed with Daim chocolate – a sort of super charged Daim ice cream cake made for someone who just can’t get enough of this flavor.  Because you can never have too much of a good thing, right?  Try it out and let me know!  Maybe it will inspire you to make other desserts with Daim as well, I know I certainly have been bitten by the bug and will most likely post another recipe featuring this mouthwatering ingredient soon!   P.S. No ice cream machine needed!!

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DAIM ISKREMKAKE  (Daim Ice Cream Cake)

For the meringue bottom:

4 egg whites

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

4 oz almonds

*2 large Daim chocolates  (or roughly 1 1/2 cups chopped)

For the ice cream:

4 egg yolks

2 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups heavy cream

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp cold strong coffee

*2 large Daim chocolates  (or roughly 1 1/2 cups chopped)

6 1/2 oz milk chocolate (if you can find Melkesjokolade with Daim – perfect)

*see note at bottom for where to purchase Daim chocolate

Decoration:
Daim streusel (if you can’t find this, just grind up some regular Daim chocolate)

To make meringue:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray a 10 inch spring form cake pan and line with parchment paper.

Whisk the egg whites and confectioner sugar until stiff peaks form.  In a food processor, place the Daim and almonds and grind them up (not super fine but like coarse meal).  Fold it into the egg white mixture.  Pour into cake pan and place in the middle of the oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  Cool cake on a rack, and carefully remove the spring form around it and clean it.

To make ice cream:

Whisk egg yolks and sugar until light yellow and airy.  Whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form and fold into egg mixture.   In a small bowl, mix the vanilla extract together with the coffee. Chop up the Daim chocolates and add into the egg-cream along with vanilla-coffee liquid.   Melt the milk chocolate carefully in a bowl placed on top of a pot on the stove filled with a little simmering water, and when cool fold into the ice cream mixture.    Place the spring form pan around the cooled meringue, and pour the ice cream mixture on top of the meringue.   Place in freezer. Decorate with the Daim streusel or chopped Daim when the ice cream cake has been in freezer for a couple of hours and have been able to set.  Serve with a good, strong cup of Norwegian coffee!

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*Note:  You can purchase Daim chocolate at the following online stores:

Ingebretsenshttp://www.ingebretsens.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Daim

Here you can even find the milk  chocolate with the Daim pieces in it!

Scandinavian Specialtieshttp://www.scanspecialties.com/proddetail.php?prod=D10

Nordic Delihttp://nordicdeli.com/chocolates/chocolates.htm

Sockerbithttp://sockerbit.com/productdesc.html?id=157

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