Icebox Cake with Nectarines and Cream
Author: 
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs nectarines (or peaches), peeled, pitted, and roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Cointreau (optional) *see note
  • 2½ cups cold heavy cream
  • 8 oz mascarpone at room temperature
  • Two 11 oz packages of vanilla wafer cookies, such as Nilla Wafers
Instructions
  1. Combine roughly chopped nectarines with sugar, salt, and orange liqueur in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and macerate for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream on high just until it begins to thicken and form soft peaks. Add the mascarpone and beat on low speed until almost smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and fold to incorporate. Add the macerated chopped nectarines and beat on low for 30 to 60 seconds and scrape down the sides and fold again. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until the mixture is thick and holds firm peaks, another 30 to 60 seconds. Do NOT over-beat or the cream can become waxy and the mascarpone can become grainy.
  3. On an 8? cake board, or a cake stand or serving plate, arrange a layer of vanilla wafer cookies into three tight circles. I used 19 cookies per layer, with 1 cookie in the center, then one circle of 6 cookies and another circle of 12, but that’ll depend on the size of the cookie you use. Once you’ve arranged your first layer of cookies, place about a cup of cream over them and smooth it out with an offset icing spatula. Spread the cream almost to the outer edge, leaving just a small edge of cookies showing. Arrange another layer of cookies, trying to alternate the layers so they appear staggered above one another. Repeat another layer of cream and then another layer of cookies, again and again until you have as many layers as you desire or until you run out of cookies or cream. Finish the top of the cake with a final layer of cream. My cake was 8 layers tall, but again, this may depend on the size of the cookies you use.
  4. If you have a cookie or two left over, garnish the cake by crumbling them in the center of the top if desired.
  5. Try to delicately tent the cake with plastic wrap or cover with a large inverted bowl or cake dome before transferring to the refrigerator to set up.
  6. Place cake to refrigerator for an absolute minimum of 6 hours (but ideally 12 to 24 hours) before serving. This cake will continue to improve the longer you can wait. As it sets, the cream will get firmer as the cookies get softer, and the flavors will distribute more evenly. Patience is a virtue!
  7. Once set, the cake can be sliced and served much like a regular cake. If possible, it’s best to use a sharp serrated knife with a gentle sawing motion to avoid smooshing the cake and to get the best looking slices possible. Really though, you could dish it into bowls with a spoon if you wanted, and everyone would love it just as much.
  8. Cake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 or 4 days.
  9. *Note:
  10. Peach schnapps would be great too if you have it, or you could also substitute rum or bourbon for a bit of extra warmth.
  11. If you’d prefer to keep it completely non-alcoholic, a teaspoon or two of orange blossom water or rose water would be a lovely substitution. That stuff is potent though so start with just a little and taste to see if you’d like to add more.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/nectarines-cream-icebox-cake/