Prickly Pear

The allure of this exotic fruit is magical, yet dangerous! Its mystique comes from its naturally vibrant fuchsia color of its pulp. But beware - being from the cactus family, its skin pricks. Prickly Pears are the fruit that grow on top of the flat cactus pad; when peeled the pulp has a delicate melon-fig taste.



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Featured Recipe

Prickly Pear Semifredo

Yield: 4 cups
Source: David Katz, Consulting Chef
    • 1 cup The Perfect Purée Prickly Pear,  thawed
    • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
    • 1 cup superfine sugar
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1 whole egg
    • 1 1/4 cup whipping cream

Method:
1. Mix Prickly Pear puree, lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan. Reduce mixture by 1/2 over medium heat.
2. Place yolks and egg in a bain marie over simmering water. Whisk constantly over simmering water until they triple in volume.
3. Whisk in reduced prickly pear mixture, transfer bain marie to an ice bath and continue to whisk until cool.
4. Whip the cream with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar to stiff peaks.
5. Fold egg/prickly pear mixture into whipped cream. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight.

Serving Suggestion:
Semifredo is often used as a layering for frozen cakes and other frozen desserts. Scooped like ice cream, it makes a wonderful accompaniment to a broad variety of plated desserts.
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