I is for Ice cream

This homemade ice cream is a sweet cheat. It takes minutes to prepare (plus several hours to freeze) and is great to impress midweek. I make mine with crushed honeycomb (see my earlier blog), but you could mix in anything from pistachio nuts to crystallised ginger to fruit. However you want to make your ice cream, this is a rather calorific dessert, so eat with restraint….or a small spoon.

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Freezing time: minimum 4 hours (ideally overnight)

Ingredients:

  • 600ml double cream
  • 397g (1 can) condensed milk
  • 120g honeycomb

Recipe:

  1. Pour both ingredients into a large bowl and whip until the mixture forms soft peaks.
  2. Add your ice cream flavour, in this case all the honey comb made previously (smashed into large chunks, small pieces and some dust) and stir gently.
  3. Transfer into a freezable container and freeze overnight.

Ice cream - softly whipped

Ice cream - mixed

Ice cream - ready to freeze

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Eton Mess

E is also for Eton Mess

This is an incredible easy recipe, unlike the previous E. Just a few key ingredients, a few moments of effort are required to deliver this delicious dessert.
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 8 meringue nests (homemade or bought)
  • 300g strawberries
  • 200g raspberries
  • 400ml double cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar
Recipe:
  1. Cut off the green stalks front the strawberries and cut each fruit into similar sizes as the raspberries.
  2. Set aside a couple of pieces of strawberry and raspberr and dribble the balsamic vinegar and caster sugar over the strawberries and leave to stoop for a couple of hours. Don’t worry, the balsamic ail help bring out the taste of the fruit rather than overpowering it.
  3. Crush the meringues. You want a mix of chunky pieces, small pieces, and sand-like dust.
  4. When you’re ready to serve the dessert, whip the double cream until it forms soft peaks (this should only take 1 minute by hand).
  5. Fold in the fruit (juice and all), meringue into the cream and top each serving with a couple of pieces of fruit.
  6. This recipe should serve 4 greedy people

Eton Mess - fruit

Eton Mess