Ice-cream Vacherin

Ice-cream Vacherin
Ice-cream vacherin is a festive French dessert. It consists of two different flavours of ice cream (blackcurrant and vanilla here) sandwiched between two circles of meringue, topped with whorls of Chantilly (whipped cream) which is then frozen.

It is not too complicated, but involves a bit of work and quite a few trips to the freezer and back.
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Last modified on: December 21th 2014

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 2 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Preheat the oven to 210°F (100°C).

You will need a cake tin, dessert ring or plate about 23 cm (9 inches) in diameter to draw round. Draw 2 circles on a sheet of cooking parchment.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Make a meringue with 90 g egg white and 150 g caster sugar.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Turn the paper with the circles on over and fix down onto a baking sheet with a small dab of meringue at each corner.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Use a forcing bag to pipe 2 neat discs of meringue using the circles on the paper to guide you.

The professionals start from the centre and work outwards in one elegant gesture, but for amateurs like us, it is easier to start from the outside and finish in the centre, like in the photo.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
If there is any meringue left over, you can fill up the spaces on the paper with small meringue shapes to serve to your guests with coffee. Cook in the oven for 4 to 6 hours. For more details, see the recipe for meringues.

Stage 6 - 2 hours
Ice-cream Vacherin
Lay a sheet of cooking parchment of a baking sheet, stand the dessert ring on it and place a circle of meringue in the bottom. Put this in the freezer for at least one hour.

If you do not have a dessert ring, you can use a strip of card wrapped in aluminium foil and bent round to the correct size.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Remove from the freezer and spread a layer of blackcurrant sorbet on the meringue base to about halfway up the side of the ring.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Follow this immediately with a second layer of vanilla ice cream.

Stage 9 - 4 hours
Ice-cream Vacherin
Finish with the second circle of meringue on top and press this down to sit firmly on the filling. It doesn't really matter if it cracks or breaks slightly.

Put the vacherin back in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Stage 10 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Take the vacherin out of the freezer and remove the ring. This is easier if you slip a knife blade around the edge.

Stage 11 - 8 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Use a forcing bag to pipe small whorls of Chantilly...

Stage 12
Ice-cream Vacherin
...all over the top of the vacherin.

Stage 13 - 5 min.
Ice-cream Vacherin
Finish around the edge with a flat nozzle if you have one...

Stage 14
Ice-cream Vacherin
...and cover the outside. You can pipe a "cord" around the bottom of the vacherin if you wish.

If you don't have a flat nozzle, you can use a palette-knife to spread the cream around the outside.

Stage 15 - 2 hours
Ice-cream Vacherin
Put the vacherin back in the freezer for at least 2 hours bafore serving.
The vacherin will have a delightful eating texture if you get it out of the freezer and transfer it to the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
And to drink?
A Montbazillac or something similar.
Several days in the freezer.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
5,338 Kcal or 22,349 Kj439 gr1,927 gr1,100 gr
267 %169 %182 %167 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
249 Kcal or 1,043 Kj20 gr90 gr51 gr
12 %8 %8 %8 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
890 Kcal or 3,726 Kj73 gr321 gr183 gr
44 %28 %30 %28 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 9.68 €
  • Per person : 1.61 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Blackcurrant sorbetBlackcurrant sorbet: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Baked Alaska, Peach and blackcurrant coupe, Peach and blackcurrant sundae, ... All
Vanilla ice creamVanilla ice cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Peach Melba, Poire Belle Hélène, Little caramelized peach tarts, Profiteroles, Baked Alaska, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Bavaroise cream, Chouquettes, St Tropez tart, Pear charlotte, Strawberry Charlotte, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Fresh mint ice-cream, Nougatine, Almond tuiles, Apple charlotte with toasted brioche, Nougat, ... All
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