From hazelnut to fig to stracciatella, Tosca in DC's Penn Quarter rotates a number of gourmet ice cream and gelato flavors. This week, a reader requested the recipe for an unusual one—olive-oil ice cream. The restaurant says it’s second in popularity to—who would have thought?—its gelato al Gorgonzola. Tosca executive chef Massimo Fabbri uses Castello di Ama extra-virgin olive oil ($48 at therogerscollection.com), a Tuscan brand also known for its Chianti wine. But you can find similar high-quality brands at Dean & Deluca and other high-end food shops. Even Whole Foods’ 365-brand olive oil will do, says Fabbri, though it’s not ideal. The olive-oil ice cream is best paired with something citrusy. “It balances like cheese on tomato pasta,” he says.
Tosca’s Olive-Oil Ice Cream Serves 8
6 egg yolks ¾ cup sugar 4 cups milk Pinch salt Pinch lemon zest ¾ cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until fluffy. In a pot, combine the milk, salt, and lemon zest, place over medium heat, and heat to 186 degrees. Slowly trickle the hot milk into the egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. Fold in the extra-virgin olive oil. Let the ice-cream base cool, then spin it in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.