This is such a great accompaniment to grilled or pan-fried fish, crispy tofu, in tacos or even as a tangy alternative to guacamole with some crunchy tortilla chips. My home-grown chilis are pretty fierce this year so I actually only use half but if […]
I know it’s not that long since I shared an ice cream recipe with but let’s face it, it’s not every year that the UK get’s a summer like this, so I feel like we should all be making the most of it.
Tart, sharp rhubarb. Sweet, fiery ginger. Rich, thick, creamy vanilla ice cream. Crunchy, nibbly biscuits. Sounds like a pretty delicious combo doesn’t it? Well you can take my word for it that it really, really is!
Adding cream cheese to the ice cream base makes it so thick and creamy, it’s truly impossible to resist. But then, why should you?
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 large piece of stem ginger (from a jar)
1 1/2 tbsp syrup from the stem ginger
175g condensed milk
100g cream cheese
300ml double cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
50g biscuits (I really like amaretti but use whatever you like)
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c. Wipe the rhubarb with some damp kitchen roll and then chop it into smallish chunks. Toss it in a baking tray with the sugar and ground ginger. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it is really soft and breaks up easily. Finely chop the stem ginger and add this and the ginger syrup to the rhubarb before stirring it all together to create a rhubarb sauce. Leave this to cool.
Beat together the cream cheese and condensed milk in a large mixing bowl until they are smoothly combined. Add the cream and the vanilla before whipping it until the mixture is quite thick and fluffy. Crumble the biscuits and fold them into the mix.
Transfer the ice cream mix to a freezable container and then ‘ripple’ the rhubarb through it. Freeze until solid.
I love basil ice cream and it’s something that I’ve made a few times before. I like it most when it’s paired with something fruity and a little bit sharp and acidic, I really think it brings out the fragrant flavours of the basil. Using kiwi for this was a bit of an experiment but it works really, really well, especially using golden kiwi fruit as they’re just the right side of acidic to complement the basil.
It’s a really refreshing ice cream too, not at all sickly or sweet, almost like a combination between a sorbet and ice cream. It’s really lovely.
300ml double cream
175g condensed milk
3 golden kiwi fruit
juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
small bunch of fresh basil leaves
Pour the cream and condensed milk into the bowl of a stand mixer and whip them together until they hold fairly firm peaks.
Peel the fruit and blend them with the basil, lemon juice and zest in a liquidiser so that they are completely smooth. Carefully fold the two mixtures together, making sure that they are well combined but without losing too much volume from the cream. Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-proof container and freeze until firm.
Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time ago) I actually spent the summer solstice at Stonehenge, which really was quite a party!
I think this cake is a perfect celebration of summer with all those juicy seasonal berries, it actually reminds me a little bit of a Swedish Midsummer Cake. It’s essentially a gussied-up Victoria sponge but with white chocolate frosting that makes it just a little bit more special. Whether you’re celebrating the solstice or not, how could you resist a slice of this!?
the weight of the eggs (inc shells) in butter, sugar and self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp milk
zest of 1 lemon
150g mixed berries (whatever is in season)
1/2 tbsp cornflour
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp cornflour
100g white chocolate
100g butter, room temperature
extra berries to decorate
Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease two sandwich tins. Place a disc of baking parchment in the base of each just to be extra certain that nothing is going to stick.
Weigh your eggs, in their shells so that you know how much flour, butter and sugar you’ll need.
Sift together the flour and baking powder a couple of times and set it aside. This will get plenty of air into it.
Beat together the lemon zest, butter and sugar until it is pale, thick and fluffy, this should take a minute or two using a hand or stand mixer.
Lightly beat each egg and mix them into the butter and sugar one at a time. Follow each one with a spoonful of the flour and beat it well. Sift the remaining flour into the batter in two batches and carefully fold it in.
Finally stir in the milk to loosen the mixture to a nice soft dropping consistency. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two prepared tins and level off the tops. Bake them in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes. Once the time is up open the oven door and test that the sponges are cooked with a skewer. Give them another minute or two if it doesn’t come out clean. They should feel light and springy once they are cooked.
Put the cooked sponges on a wire rack and let them cool in the tins for five minutes then turn them out on the rack and carefully remove the greaseproof paper. Allow them to completely cool before you fill them.
Whilst the cakes bake and cool you can make the filling and frosting so that they have time to cool too.
Combine the berries with the sugar, cornflour and lemon juice in a small pan. Heat the fruit
until it starts to break down a little and the juices thicken to create a jammy compote. Leave to cool and thicken.
Next it’s onto the frosting. Whisk together the sugar, flour and cornflour in a small saucepan. Stir in the milk, making sure that it’s all well blended and then set the pan over a low heat. Gently heat the mixture, stirring continuously, until it starts to bubble and forms a very thick custard. Set this aside to cool completely. Melt the chocolate and let this cool too.
Put the cold custard mixture into a bowl and beat it with an electric mixer until it is slightly aerated. Beat in the melted chocolate and then follow this with the butter, adding a little at a time until it is all incorporated and you have a nice thick, fluffy frosting.
To assemble the cake place one of the sponges on a serving plate and spread it with the berry compote. Top this with half of the frosting and then sandwich on the second sponge. Use the remaining frosting to decorate the top, spreading it smoothly and just lightly grazing the sides of the cake. Finish it off by piling some pretty, fresh berries into the centre of the cake and adding a quick dusting of icing sugar.