How about these for a sweet treat? Crisp little pastry shells filled to the brim with homemade chocolate and caramelised hazelnut ganache. You know you wouldn’t be able to say ‘no’ to one of these (or two, or three). The trick with these is to […]
Doesn’t this just look like the perfect refreshing treat for a sunny day? Rich creamy cheesecake flavoured ice cream muddled with a tangy swirl of zesty lemon curd and studded with crunchy nuggets of biscuit. Who could resist diving straight into the tub?
You can use pretty much any biscuit you like in this, I’ve stuck with tradition and used digestives but gingernuts or amoretti would be equally delicious.
This is a no-churn recipe so you can whip it up in around five minutes and then freeze it until you feel the need for a zesty frozen treat!
350ml condensed milk
600ml double cream
200g cream cheese
about 5 biscuits
4-5 tbsp lemon curd
Put the condensed milk and the cream into a large mixing bowl and whip until it is quite thick and fluffy. Beat in the cream cheese, making sure that it is well blended.
Crumble the biscuits, leaving the pieces quite chunky (or they go soft) and fold them through the ice cream mixture. Ripple through the lemon curd and then transfer the whole lot to a container for freezing. Freeze for several hours until solid.
Like all good Westcountry folk I certainly appreciate a good cream tea. A light, fluffy freshly baked scone, crisp on the outside and perhaps just a little warm on the inside is key.
These cherry and coconut scones fit the bill wonderfully and the flavours are a perfect pairing. Conveniently enough they also go very well with jam and cream!
For the most tender and fluffy scones possible be sure to use either buttermilk or milk that you’ve turned sour with a squeeze of lemon juice.
500g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
300ml of buttermilk or milk soured with lemon juice
50g desiccated coconut
85g glace cherries
Pre-heat the oven to 200°c and place a non-stick baking tray in it to warm up. Sift the flour and the raising agents together into a large mixing bowl and then mix the sugar through. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub this into the dry mix with your fingertips. Add the coconut and stir it through so that it is evenly distributed.
Add the liquid, a little at a time and mix it together with a butter knife to leave you with a nice soft dough. Cut the cherries into quarters and then work them through the dough.
Put this on a lightly floured surface and gently pat it out flat until it is about 1 inch thick. You can use a rolling-pin if you prefer but try not to overwork the gluten in the dough or you’ll end up with tough scones.
One of the tricks to getting well risen scones is not to twist the cutter when you stamp them out. So with this in mind place the cutter on the surface of the dough and give it one quick sharp tap down to cut out the scones. Repeat this, re-rolling the dough as needed, until it is all used and place the scones on a greased baking tray. Brush the top of the scones with a little more milk or buttermilk and sprinkle them with a little sugar. Bake them for 12-15 minutes until they are golden.
These are flavours which are just made to go together. They’re fragrant and exotic and generally a delicious combination. Cardamom is one of my favourite spices. I do love a no-churn ice cream recipe too, they’re always so quick and easy to whip up (no […]
I wonder how many different incarnations of tiramisu I can post on here? I think this is the fourth one but I’m sure I can I think of some more variations to keep Mr Colonial Cravings happy. This one’s so quick and easy though I think it will probably become a regular feature of our freezer.
Although the mascarpone gives the ice cream base a wonderfully luxurious creamy flavour it’s the rich chocolate-coffee swirl that’s the star of this show. I like to serve this with a sprinkling of crushed amaretti biscuits for a little bit of crunch.
130g condensed milk
200ml double cream
50g dark chocolate
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
2 tbsp coffee liqueur
1 tsp instant espresso powder
Gently melt together all of the ingredients for the chocolate swirl in a small pan over a low heat. Be sure to stir it whilst it melts to prevent it from catching and burning. Set this aside to cool whilst you make the ice cream base.
Place the condensed milk and cream in a large mixing bowl and whisk it with an electric mixer until it’s thick and forms soft peaks. Add the mascarpone and beat again until everything is combined. Gently swirl the chocolate sauce through this and transfer the whole lot to a freezer-proof container. Freeze until solid.