Posts Tagged ‘Summer dining’

Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate ice cream dessert

Chocolate ice cream is always a treat and this homemade chocolate ice cream is made with extra thick double cream and dark chocolate for an indulgent dessert. Use a good quality chocolate. There are just six ingredients to this ice cream so make everyone count. I used Lindt 70% chocolate and grated some over the top to serve.

This ice cream works well on its own as a dessert but is also great in an Ice Cream Sundae and I love it in a chocolate dipped cone too. It works well with fresh raspberries, their sharpness cuts through the sweetness of the ice cream and for a dinner party dessert it’s great with pomegranate seeds.

It was a warm day when I made this and it had started to melt by the time I took a photo, as you can see! It reminded me a of an old fashioned drug store I visited in Dallas a couple of years ago when I went to see my sister who lives there.

It was baking hot and we were walking along a trail. We stopped off for a proper milkshake in the drug store. Cool inside, it was like a chemist at the front, all wooden shelves and spinning racks of things like tweezers and hair bobbles.  At the back of the store was a silver diner type bar with high leather topped stools. They served ice cream, coffees and milkshakes, huge milkshakes, made with great scoops of ice cream.  I had chocolate, I think my sister went for Oreo Cookie one.  Simple pleasures which stick in your mind forever. The lady behind the bar moved slowly and it took a little while to prepare our shakes but they were well worth waiting for. 

I made this ice cream using my Savisto Ice Cream Maker. At £21.95 it’s a great buy, easy to use and doesn’t take up much storage space. I keep the bowl of mine in my freezer so that it is always ready to use. You can buy one in our shop or read more about it in our blog ‘Thinking about buying an Ice Cream Maker’.

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Perfect Peach Sorbet

Summer dessert

This peach sorbet is pretty perfect. Easy to make, delicious and refreshing, it tastes and smells of Summer. On a hot day it’s just the thing to enjoy in the shade as you take a break. Think bare feet, warm skin and a bowl of this in your hand. If I had one, I’d definitely eat it under a peach tree. 

The riper the peaches the better for this peach sorbet, so you can use up any that have gone a little soft. You want peaches that smell of peaches and ooze juice if you were to bite into them. The sort of peaches that you can’t eat without licking your lips and that leave you with juice running down your arm are perfect! Prepare to get a bit messy as you peel them but I don’t mind that and you can always lick your fingers when you’ve finished! I’ve said use 500g of peaches which works out at around five or six, you don’t have to be too precise. Peaches in paper bags remind me of childhood visits to a Greengrocers on Poplar or Deptford High Street. I can’t remember which, maybe it was both. 

Once you have your peaches, all you need is a lemon, some sugar and water. It’s that simple.  No colours, no additives, naturally diary free. My Goddaughter can’t eat dairy and this is a great alternative to ice cream for her.

I used my Savisto Ice Cream Maker to churn this sorbet. You can find the same one on sale in our shop, for just £21.95, RRP £41.95.

The only thing to remember is that you need to leave your syrup to cool before adding it to the chopped peaches and lemon juice and churning. Your mixture won’t freeze if you try and churn it whilst it is still warm. This is a great recipe to start with if you are new to homemade ice cream and sorbet. As long as you wait until your mixture is cool before churning you really can’t go wrong!

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Orange and Lemon Sorbet

Orange and lemon sorbet

Orange and Lemon Sorbet is so zesty and delicious.  It makes a good dessert when other fresh fruits are not so widely available.  Serve with little shortbread hearts for a dinner party for friends.  I found this lovely recipe in Telegraph this week.  Click here for the recipe.

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