New Berry Fruits Ice Cream

Tutti fruity. Does anyone else remember that ice cream flavour? Or am I showing my youth 😉. Well that’s what I was aiming for when I created this New Berry Fruits Ice Cream, except……….. it is so much better than I ever remember. The jelly sweets have a true, intense, fruity flavour, that doesn’t diminish when frozen AND they stay chewy!

Win Win.

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New Berry Fruits Ice Cream so intensely fruity and delicious.

Each 100g box of New Berry Fruits contains 8 individual jelly sweets with a liquid centre and a crunchy, sugary coating.

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New Berry Fruits beautifully packaged and incredibly tasty.

These jelly fruits with the liquid centre are unbelievably good. Intensely fruity, chewy, hidden nectar in the centre. If you love sweets, you really need to try these.

As I am allergic to orange, I left them out of the ice cream. If you love orange they will totally work with all the other New Berry Fruits in the ice cream base that I’ve created.

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New Berry Fruits Ice Cream 2 Scoops and it was all mine 😉

To make this recipe you will need 2 boxes of New Berry Fruits. We are very honest here at Feasting is Fun, it is acceptable for one or three jellies to ‘go missing’ during the making of this New Berry Fruits Ice Cream. That’s all part of the fun and the ice cream will taste just as good.

You will also need both lemon and rose extract. You only need a little bit of each, however, they are what give this fruity ice cream it’s fantastic background flavour. I have other recipes that use the extracts, so it really is worth buying them. I only use Nielsen-Massey extracts and they are available in most major supermarkets as well as online.

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New Berry Fruits Ice Cream it may be worth making a double batch as it is soo good!

Time to show you how to make this cooling, fruity treat.

Recipe: New Berry Fruits Ice Cream makes 750ml approx.

2 Boxes of New Berry Fruits

300ml/ 1/2pint Double Cream

300ml/ 1/2pint Milk – Whole or Semi Skimmed

1/4tsp Lemon Extract

1/4tsp Rose Extract

1tsp Vanilla Extract

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks – the whites can be frozen for up to 1 month

1tsp Corn Flour – also known as corn starch

4tbsp Caster Sugar

Method: Ensure the cooling ‘bowl’ of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 8 hours, ideally overnight, or as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Note: For photographic step by step instructions on how to make the custard base for the ice cream please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream.

  • Pour the milk and cream into a heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Bring the liquid to scalding point – this is just before it boils, there will be a ring of bubbles that appear around the edge of the liquid. Once the bubbles appear remove from the heat.
  • Whilst the milk/cream is heating, into a large bowl add the egg yolks, corn flour, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk until pale, thick and creamy.
  • With the mixer on slow, slowly add the scalded cream mixture to the egg mix, constantly mixing.
  • Tip the contents of the bowl back into the saucepan, over a low heat.
  • Stir until the custard ice cream base has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon. The base is now cooked.
  • Pour the custard base through a sieve into a clean bowl – I generally quickly wash up the original bowl that I was using.
  • Cover the top of the custard base with cling film, so that it is in direct contact. This stops a skin from forming.
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The custard base is cooling ready for it’s extra flavour boost!
  • Allow the custard base to cool slightly and then chill in the fridge.
  • Once chilled add 1/4 teaspoon of both lemon and rose extract. Stir to mix.
  • Set up your ice cream maker and then pour in the custard base and switch the machine on.
  • Whilst the ice cream is churning and freezing, chop each New Berry Fruit into 4 pieces.
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Chopped up New Berry Fruits ready to add to the frozen ice cream.
  • When the ice cream is thickly frozen, switch off the machine, remove the top and paddle and using a silicone spatula scoop the fruity flavoured ice cream into a freezer proof tub.
  • Add the chopped New Berry Fruits and stir with a spoon to distribute evenly throughout the ice cream.
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New Berry Fruits Ice Cream mixing in the delicious jellies.
  • Pop an air tight lid on to the tub and place in the freezer until frozen solid.
  • To serve remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-15 minutes prior to scooping this will allow it to soften a little.

This is a fun ice cream so scoop your New Berry Fruits Ice Cream into cones or waffle cups and enjoy the amazing flavours and chewy jellies.

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New Berry Fruits Ice Cream fruity luscious fun.

Oh this New Berry Fruit Ice Cream is so berry, berry good! The fabulous fruity background flavour of the ice cream works beautifully with the intense bursts of fruity, chewy flavour.

New Berry Fruits are widely available online and at Waitrose.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for New Berry Fruits Ice Cream you may also enjoy these:

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

Refreshing Tropical Fruit Sorbet

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Refreshing Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Fruity, delicious, homemade ice creams and sorbet. You know exactly what has gone into each batch you make. Perfect for those following a gluten free diet, just ensure that your corn flour is certified gluten free. Whilst the sorbet it is both gluten and dairy free.

If you haven’t ever tried making your own ice cream at home, I hope I’ve encouraged you to have a go. It is so much fun coming up with new flavour combinations. I really wouldn’t be without my Andrew James Which Best Buy, ice cream maker. I’ve said before that an appliance has to earn it’s place in my kitchen. This summer alone I must have made 30 plus new ice cream recipes. Not all are on here – yet 😉!

Sammie xx

 

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies

It’s the summer holidays and I’m in the mood for fun! This Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies is just what it says. Quick and easy to make, this is a fun, sweet treat. Perfect for feasting and sharing.

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies so easy and so good!

As much as I adore cooking and baking, my priority during the summer holidays is to spend time with our teenage children. I am well aware there are not that many summer holidays left where they’ll want to hang around as a family, so they come first.

That said, when we are all home, it can seem as if a swarm of locusts have gleaned the kitchen of anything edible in just a few days!!! Parents of teenagers will completely understand!

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies these don’t hang around long here.

What I love when everyone is at home, is that we throw all the rules out of the window, for the whole summer. We all lay in, stay up late, the atmosphere is very chilled. Yes each person still has their ‘jobs’ to do for the day, so these get done first thing (that can be 11.30am – but they get done), so the rest of the day is free.

Friends drop by, we all go out together, or our three go out. So this recipe for Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies is perfect anytime, but especially now. It is so easy to make whilst you chat to unexpected visitors.

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies once you start dunking it’s hard to stop!

I pulled this whole dish together in less than 20 minutes!

Yep you heard right – 20 minutes!

Have I got your attention now???

The cookies are made using Wright’s Baking new Toffee Cookie Mix, except that I made the cookies smaller so we had 15 cookies instead of 8. If you haven’t tried this new mix it is a dream to make. 5 minutes prep. time, 10 minutes in the oven and you’ll have the whole neighbourhood wondering where the delicious baked Toffee Cookie smell is coming from.

Shut the windows if you don’t want a queue at the front door 😉

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies ooh this dip is so good.

The dip takes 7 minutes. I kid you not.

Who remembers Angel Delight?

Oh yes, that is the Easy Butterscotch Dip my friends. With a few white chocolate curls decorating the top.

Told you it was easy!

That is why I love this Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies, it is a simple, straightforward, snack. That also tastes so good. I had two cookies for breakfast this morning, after the photo shoot. I had to literally move away from the Butterscotch Dip and avoid any spoons, else I’d have hidden down the bottom of the garden and scoffed the lot.

Angel Delight was and is popular for a reason. It tastes so utterly I-can’t-stop-myself good.

Recipe: Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies 

1 packet Toffee Cookie Mix – from Wright’s Baking

25g Unsalted Butter plus water – see directions on the packet

1 packet Butterscotch Angel Delight

300ml Cold Milk – Whole or Semi Skimmed

Small bar of white chocolate

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan gas mark 4

  • Line a large baking tray with a non stick silicone mat or baking parchment.
  • Make up the Toffee Cookies according to the packet instructions.
  • Form 15 smaller cookies (the mix calls for 8) from the cookie dough and place on the lined baking tray.
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15 Toffee Cookies made from the Wright’s Baking mix.
  • Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake the Toffee Cookies for 10-12 minutes.
  • The Toffee Cookies are baked when they are golden in colour and have a shiny, wrinkled surface.
  • As soon as the cookies are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the tray. They will harden as they cool.
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Perfect Toffee Cookies for Dunking in the Butterscotch Dip!
  • Whilst the Toffee Cookies are cooking it’s easy to whip up the Angel Delight – literally.
  • Add the milk to a bowl, add the Butterscotch Angel Delight and whisk according to the packet instructions.
  • Pour the Butterscotch Angel Delight into a wide bowl and using a vegetable peeler, shave curls of white chocolate over the dip to make it look pretty!
  • Place the Butterscotch Dip bowl in the centre of a large plate and surround with golden Toffee Cookies. Easy, see?

Serve immediately, or place the Butterscotch Dip in the fridge covered in cling and the cooled Toffee Cookies into an airtight container to store.

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Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies dunking is so much fun!

What a fantastic change from savoury dips!

Feasting really can be fun.

Thank you Deb for suggesting the idea. Deb the bread is Wright’s Baking point of contact. If you have questions about their mixes she is the lady to ask.

If you’ve enjoyed this fun Easy Butterscotch Dip With Toffee Cookies you may also like these:

Toffee Cookie Cups

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Toffee Cookie Cups perfect for filling with ice cream.

Toffee Banoffee Waffles

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Toffee Banoffee Waffles perfect any time of the day.

Twisted Fruity Jam Tarts

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Twisted Fruity Jam Tarts delicious for breakfast.

 

Even if you do not have children, I find summertime to be the season when people seem to be more carefree. Lunch breaks turn into impromptu picnics, glasses clinking in pub gardens across the land, salad eaten with a cool glass of white wine in the evening out in the garden.

I love our changing seasons here in England and by the end of one I am ready for the next. This summer I intend to have as much fun as I can!

Sammie xx

Wright’s Baking provided the toffee cookie mix for this post. All opinions, views, content and photographs are my own. I never get paid to write posts. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream

Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream. Silky, chocolate ice cream packed full of chocolate/caramel Rolos.

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream a treat the whole family will enjoy!

The idea for this recipe came from my friend and amazing fellow blogger Jane from  Jane’s Patisserie. Not only does she create the most wonderful recipes, but she’s also just got a new puppy called Rolo. So you see I had to create something to celebrate the new puppy Rolo coming home. Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream seemed the perfect solution.

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream to good not to bite 😉

This Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream recipe is so versatile. Once you have made the chocolate ice cream base you can add whatever you like. I rather like the idea of a Mars Bar version, with big chunks swirled through the ice cream.

I am loving my Andrew James Which Best Buy Ice Cream Maker. In fact I now have a second bowl, which I can pop in the freezer. This means I can either make one big double batch of the same ice cream or split it into two different flavours.

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream the frozen hard caramel softens in your mouth.

Making ice cream at home is easy, inexpensive, you have control over what goes in AND you are only limited by your imagination as to how many flavours you come up with! Someone asked me today why they’d never had Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream before, my answer was I’d only just invented it!!

Recipe: Makes 750ml Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream

300ml Double Cream

300ml Whole or Semi Skimmed Milk

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks – freeze the whites in a bag for up to one month

1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste/Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1tsp Corn Flour

5tbsp Caster Sugar

100g Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa

4 Packets of Rolos

Method: Ensure the frozen bowl part of the ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 8 hours, or according to manufacturers instructions.

Note – for step by step photographs of how to make the custard base please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Pour the milk and cream into a heavy based saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Heat until the milk is scalded – little bubbles will appear around the rim of the liquid just before it boils. Once it has reached this point remove from the heat.
  • In a large heat proof bowl add the egg yolks, vanilla paste, corn flour and sugar.
  • Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • With the whisk still running on low, slowly pour the hot cream mixture into the bowl – this creates the custard base.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan, over a low-medium heat, stirring continuously.
  • When the custard has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon remove the pan from the heat.
  • Chop up the dark chocolate and place into a clean bowl – I quickly rinse out the original bowl used.
  • Place a sieve over the bowl and pour the hot custard through the sieve on to the chocolate.
  • Stir the custard with a wooden spoon and the chocolate will melt into it.
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Chocolate melting into the custard ice cream base.
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Delicious chocolate ice cream base ready to cool.
  • Cover the chocolate custard base with cling film, so the film lays directly on the surface of the custard. This will stop a skin from forming.
  • Once cooled to warm on the work top place the bowl in the fridge to chill.
  • Once chilled the base is ready to be churned.
  • Set up your ice cream maker as per the manufacturers instructions.
  • Mine has to be churning, prior to adding any liquid.
  • Pour the chocolate custard into the churning machine through the opening and leave to churn until frozen – for me that is when the ice cream is turning as one clump with the beater.
  • Switch the machine off and remove the top part of the ice cream maker.
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Chocolate Ice Cream that needs Rolos!
  • Remove the beater, scraping off as much of the ice cream as you can. Then lick off the rest of the ice cream 😉
  • Decant the chocolate ice cream into a freezer proof tub.
  • Unwrap 3 packets of Rolos and cut each one in half.
  • Add to the ice cream and swirl through using the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Unwrap the fourth packet and place the Rolos directly on top of the ice cream.
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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream this looks so delicious.
  • Pop on a tight fitting lid and place the Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream into the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until fully frozen.
  • To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 15-20 before scooping. As our delicious Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream doesn’t have any artificial softener, preservatives or additives added to it, it’ll need a few minutes to soften up.
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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream softens and ready to serve.

Serve in cones, bowls or these fun cups I found.

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Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream a fun, tasty, cooling treat!

Why not have a go at making your own ice cream at home. It really is so much fun.

If you have enjoyed this Chocolate Rolo Ice Cream Recipe here are a few more you may like:

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream incredibly refreshing.

Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream

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Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream served in toffee cookie cups.

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream a brilliant blend of flavours.

I hope these recipes have inspired you to make your own ice cream at home? It tastes so much better than most of the ice creams you can buy and you can create your own ice cream sundaes like my Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens this very warm weekend, here in the South East of England, have fun feasting with family and friends.

Sammie xx

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream, this is THE ice cream I have wanted to make throughout my entire life. Creamy with tart lemon curd rippled through. If you love lemon, like I do, then trust me when I say you need to make this luscious ice cream.

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream indulgently refreshing.

This luscious Lemon Ripple Ice Cream really is a dream come true for me. I adore lemons. I heard Jamie Oliver once say that if there weren’t lemons in his kitchen he’d give up cooking. I doubt he meant it quite to that extreme, but I do understand his passion for them.

I happily use them in savoury recipes such as my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad and sweet recipes such as this delightful Lemony Strawberry Pavlova. Their flavour is so transferable between both sweet and savoury dishes.

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream you have to make this to know how wonderful it is.

Here, in this Lemon Ripple Ice Cream, there is a wonderful soft, creamy lemon background flavour, with bursts of tart, intense citrus lemon. The combination of both the subtle and vibrant creates a tastebud sensation that draws you into a dreamy world of lemony loveliness.

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream nothing else needed except a spoon.

Whilst you absolutely could eat this ice cream in a cone, for me, I wanted nothing to interrupt the pure creamy sensation of eating it with just a spoon. I wasn’t disappointed!

This Lemon Ripple Ice Cream is deceivingly rich. I feared whilst churning it yesterday in my new Andrew James Ice Cream Maker, that none would actually make it to the freezer. Happily I restrained myself. I am so glad that I did. Tasting it today, frozen, yet softened enough to scoop, was reward for my patience and restraint!

Just a quick note on ingredients; if you don’t have lemon extract, which is available online and in good supermarkets, don’t worry, the lemon curd added during the churning process will still provide a great lemon flavour. As for the lemon curd, use a good quality tart one, without bits. I love lemon curd with real peel in it, but this is not the place to use it.

Recipe: Makes 750ml Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

300ml Double Cream

300ml Whole or Semi Skimmed Milk

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

6tbsp Caster Sugar

1tsp Corn Flour

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

1tsp Lemon Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

300g Best Quality Lemon Curd – I used Waitrose new waitrose 1 lemon curd, it is beautifully tart

Method: Ensure the frozen ‘bowl’ of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for 24 hours or according to the manufacturers instructions.

Note – For step by step photos of the custard base cooking process please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Place the cream and milk into a large saucepan on a medium heat.
  • Heat until just before the liquid boils, you will see little bubbles form around the outside rim – this is known as the scalding point, once reached remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, extracts and corn flour until pale and thickened.
  • With the whisk still running on low, slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture.
  • Tip the entire mixture back into the saucepan, place over a medium/low heat stirring constantly until it thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Pour the hot custard through a sieve into a large bowl.
  • Place cling film directly on to the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming.
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Leave the custard base to cool.
  • Leave to cool and then chill in the fridge. Once chilled transfer to a jug.
  • Set up your ice cream maker and if it is like mine, it will need to be switched on and churning before pouring in the custard.
  • Pour in the custard through the shoot and leave to churn until softly frozen.
  • Add half of the lemon curd, I use a teaspoon and added it one teaspoon at a time, through the hole, so that it slowly becomes incorporated within the ice cream.
  • When the ice cream is soft but can hold its shape stop the ice cream maker.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a freezer proof tub.
  • Spoon the remaining lemon curd on to the ice cream.
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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream ready to be rippled.
  • Use a spoon to gently ripple the lemon curd through the ice cream.
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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream ready for the freezer.
  • Resist the urge to just dive in with a spoon, as this really tastes better once it is properly frozen.
  • Pop the lid on and place in the freezer for 12 hours or ideally overnight. Why ideally? Because then you’ll be asleep and not thinking about the ice cream 😉
  • To serve, remove the tub from the freezer 15 minutes before scooping to allow it to soften.

Serve scooped into elegant dessert bowls or enjoy in an ice cream cone. Either way prepare yourself to fall ompletely, head over heels in love, with a new flavour of ice cream – Lemon Ripple Ice Cream.

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream worth the wait and utter food heaven.

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream is very much a dreamily, creamy ice cream, not in any way a sorbet – which by the way I love and am working on a recipe.

This ice cream would make the perfect dessert after a spicy, hot meal. Refreshing, creamy and palette cleansing, yet you still feel like you’ve had dessert.

However and whenever you eat this delicious ice cream, be sure to enjoy it with others. Listen to the oohs and aahs of your loved ones enjoying something really, really good. It will make you smile 😀

If you have loved this Lemon Ripple Ice Cream recipe here are some others that you may also want to try:

Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream

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Chocolate Honeycomb Ice Cream delicious served in toffee cookie cups.

Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream another way to enjoy strawberries and cream.

Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream with a chocolate ganache rippled through.

I love being able to create my own ice cream flavours at home. Having an ice cream maker makes it so easy. Preparing the custard takes 15 minutes, then the custard is left to cool. Churning takes about 20 minutes and you can eat the ice cream scooped from the ice cream maker, if you want a soft set ice cream. Otherwise overnight in the freezer and you have any flavour ice cream you like!

That can never be a bad thing eh???

Thank you for your comments, photos on social media, I absolutely love seeing your makes and bakes. It still thrills me every time someone uses one of my recipes.

Have fun feasting, sharing and making people smile.

Sammie xx

Andrew James

provided me with an ice cream maker to review. All views, opinions, content, recipes and photographs are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

Yay Summer is finally here. Long may the sun shine and any necessary rain fall at night! I’m loving using my new Which Best Buy Andrew James Ice Cream Maker  to create as many different flavoured ice creams as I can think of. There are lots of them. This Chocolate Orange Ice Cream is my son’s idea of food heaven.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream bursting with flavour.

Our not so little man, more teenage strapping lad, adores Jaffa Cakes, so when Sugar and Crumbs sent me some of their Jaffa Twist Icing Powder with an order I’d placed I knew exactly what I was going to make with it. Can you imagine how great it felt to have my son hug me and say “Mum this ice cream tastes just like Jaffa Cakes”?

He had absolutely no idea what ingredients I’d used, which is rare as he loves being in the kitchen cooking alongside me. So 10 out of 10 for Sugar and Crumbs in the flavour department. I also used a Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate Bar to create a chocolate ganache ripple that runs through the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream just add a spoon 😉

Making the chocolate orange custard was simple, I simply switched the caster sugar for Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar. Churning the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream in an ice cream maker ensures that the finished product is silky smooth, the result of smaller ice crystals forming during the churning process. For around £25 it really is a worthwhile investment.

I am thrilled with the Which Best Buy Ice Cream Maker from Andrew James. It’s really straightforward to use & more importantly, from past experience, clean! It’s actually faster at freezing the ice cream than my old model & the freezing bowl takes up very little space in our freezer. If you are looking to purchase an ice cream machine, I thoroughly recommend this one.

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream elegant enough for entertaining.

If you wanted to add a splash – tablespoon or two of your favourite orange liquer, the result would be a slightly softer set ice cream that is perfect served in pretty bowls, for dessert, when entertaining. Or alternatively you could reserve the chocolate ganache and pour whilst still warm over the cold Chocolate Orange Ice Cream. See with homemade ice cream the possibilities really are limitless!

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    Chocolate Orange Ice Cream delicious decadence.

Served in bowls or scooped into cones this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream is sure to be a huge hit with all Chocolate Orange lovers.

Recipe: Makes 750ml Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

400ml Double Cream

300ml Milk – whole or semi-skimmed

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks – the whites can be frozen for 1 month – ideal to make my Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

6tbsp Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar by Sugar and Crumbs

1tsp Corn Flour

1/2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g Bar Lindt Intense Orange Chocolate Bar

Method: Place the freezing compartment of your ice cream maker into the freezer 24 hours prior to making this recipe.

Note: For photographic step by step instructions please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • In a large heavy bottomed saucepan add the milk, 300mls of the double cream and the vanilla extract. Heat on medium until the milk is scalded – it has not yet boiled and little bubbles appear around the rim – remove from the heat at this stage.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks, flavoured icing sugar and corn flour, until pale and thickened.
  • Once the cream mixture has reached scalding point, with the whisk running on low, pour the hot cream slowly into the egg mixture. Continue whisking until everything is combined. This is now a custard base for the ice cream.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan and heat on low, stirring continuously until the custard has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the custard, through a sieve into a large bowl.
  • Cover the custard with with cling film to stop the surface forming a skin.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream made with Jaffa Twist icing sugar.
  • Set the custard to one side to cool and then place in the fridge to chill completely.

Making the Chocolate Ganache:

  • Set a small saucepan with 5cm/1″ of water on to a medium heat.
  • In a heatproof bowl add 100mls of double cream and the chocolate orange bar, broken into pieces.
  • Place the bowl on top of the saucepan ensuring that the base of the bowl does not come into direct contact with the water – this is called a double boiler.
  • Stir the chocolate and cream continuously until the chocolate has completely melted and mixed in with the cream.
  • Remove the bowl from the saucepan and set to one side to cool.
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Chocolate orange ganache – the chocolate bar has bits in it which add texture to the finished ice cream.

Churning the Ice Cream:

  • Set your ice cream maker up according to it’s instruction booklet.
  • With the Andrew James Ice Cream Maker, as with my previous model, the machine must be started prior to pouring the custard in – this prevents a thick layer of un-churned ice cream immediately freezing on contact with the freezer container.
  • Transfer the custard to a jug and then, with the mixer stirring pour through the open spout.
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Pouring the custard through the spout into the churning ice cream maker.
  • Churn the ice cream until it is a thick, but still slightly soft ice cream.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream ready to be decanted into a freezer container.
  • Turn the power off on the machine and at the plug. Remove the cover and then the paddle, scape as much ice cream off of the churning paddle as you can and then lick the rest off 😉.
  • Using a soft silicone spatula transfer the ice cream to a suitable, freezer proof tub.
  • Pour over the cooled chocolate ganache.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream ready to be rippled!
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, or indeed the other end of the silicone spatula ripple the ganache through the Chocolate Orange Ice Cream.
  • Pop the lid on, label and place in the freezer to finish freezing.
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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream smooth and indulgent.

Serve scooped into bowls or cones. This is one very delicious and creamy ice cream, that should be savoured.

If the children are noisy during the summer holidays, give them a scoop full of this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream, not forgetting 2 scoops for yourself and buy yourself 10 minutes peace and quiet. Honestly nobody makes a sound when savouring this delicious treat.

Also, being homemade, you know exactly what ingredients have gone into your ice cream. In a consumer society that is increasingly interested in what goes into our food, making ice cream yourself removes any worries.

If you have enjoyed this Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Recipe, here are some others you may like too:

Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Very Vanilla Ice Cream

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Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cream is such a wonderful year round treat, yet during the Summer heat it is also very cooling. When it is very hot I quite often have just a cone with a couple of scoops of homemade ice cream. Knowing I have used fresh produce, including fruit, I am happy with my choice.

I do not and never have believed in ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food. A balanced diet, with a heavy emphasis on homemade food, has ensured that over the years, not withstanding medication, my weight has always been fairly stable.

Do you struggle with guilt about food? I know a lot of people do and I am absolutely not here to judge you.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, maybe with a delicious homemade ice cream!

Sammie xx

Andrew James provided me with this ice cream maker for the purposes of a review. All opinions, views, content and photography is my own. Sugar and Crumbs sent me a free sample of their Jaffa Twist Icing Sugar with an order that I paid for. I have not been paid or reimbursed for writing this post, please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

I love ice cream. In fact I love it so much that I really enjoy making my own. There are endless flavour possibilities and combinations AND it’s made with real cream. No extra additives needed. Today I bring you Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream.

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream perfect on a hot sunny day.

Dreamy, creamy strawberry ice cream, with an intense strawberry syrup rippled through. This isn’t any ordinary ice cream, this is THE best Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream you could ever imagine.

And you too can make it at home. It’s really easy!

You make a vanilla custard, make a strawberry coulis, mix, freeze and that’s when the magic happens!

Ok so there’s a tiny little bit more to it than that, but preparation time for this delicious ice cream is about 15 minutes.

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream you know you want to dig in?

I love properly churned ice cream, by that I mean ice cream that is mixed whilst it freezes. It allows the ice crystals to stay really small and results in the creamy texture we all associate with ice cream.

As our old ice cream maker is literally on it’s last legs, I have a new one from Andrew James it can be found here and has won a coveted Which Best Buy Award. Having said before that any new piece of kitchen kit needs to earn it’s place in my kitchen, I’d say if you love ice cream, it definitely worth buying an ice cream maker. They are fairly small appliances and I keep the ‘frozen’ bowl part permenantly in the freezer, whilst the other parts stay in the box.

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Bring out a tub of this Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream and see the smiles appear!

The ice cream custard base pretty much stays the same and then you can add whatever flavours – you just wait until I start making chocolate versions 😉.

So having an ice cream maker in our kitchen is essential. For those of you on a gluten free diet, ensure the corn flour that you but is certified gluten free, then you can happily make these delicious, dreamy treats. Everyone should be able to enjoy ice cream, so for those of you with lactose/dairy/egg intolerance I will be working on some extra recipes so that you too can enjoy this delightful, cooling treat during the summer.

There is one thing that I do feel passionately about and that is good quality, seasonal produce. If you grow your own fruit even better! Using British frozen fruit, which I do often during the colder months is a great alternative, as is using tinned fruit. I use tinned peaches to make my Peach and Banana Smoothie in the winter and it tastes utterly delicious. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat some imported produce, but here in the UK we have incredible ‘Pick Your Own’ farms, farmers markets and even some supermarkets that stock local produce.

I guess what I’m saying is, life is about balance. If we can support our Britsh farmers and even grow some of our own fruit and veg (watch out or an exciting new gardening diary, coming soon on this blog) we are not only getting the freshest produce, picked at it’s peak, but also supporting our farmers and local producers too.

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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

Recipe: Makes 1 litre Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream

400g British Strawberries

2tbsp Framboise – raspberry liquer – substitute with apple juice if preferred

1tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

8tbsp Caster Sugar

300ml Double Cream

300ml Milk – whole or semi-skimmed

1tsp Corn Flour (also known as corn starch)

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks – the egg whites can be frozen for up to one month  (perfect for making Lemony Strawberry Pavlova)

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

Method: Ensure the ‘frozen’ part of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 24 hours – or according to manufacturers instructions.

Making the Ice Cream Custard Base:

For step by step photographs of how to make the ice ceram custard base please see here

  • Place the milk and cream into a heavy based saucepan over a medium heat.
  • In a heatproof bowl add the egg yolks, 6 tablespoons of caster sugar, vanilla extract and corn flour. Whisk until pale and frothy.
  • When the cream/milk in the pan has reached scalding point – small bubbles appear around the edge of the milky liquid, but it has not boiled – remove the pan from the heat.
  • With the whisk on slow speed gently pour the hot milky liquid into the bowl with the whisked egg yolks.
  • Once combined tip the whole mixture back into the saucepan and cook over a low heat until the custard thickens and covers the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Pour the hot custard into a heatproof bowl, through a fine sieve.
  • Place cling film directly on top of the custard to stop a skin from forming.
  • Allow the custard to cool slightly before placing the bowl in the fridge to chill.
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Ice Cream base ready to be covered in cling film.

Making the Strawberry Coulis and Sauce:

  • Wash the strawberries and pat dry with a clean tea towel.
  • Remove all of the green stems (hull) and place the strawberries into a blender.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar, the framboise and lemon juice.
  • Pulse and then blend on a high speed until you have a very smooth purée.
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Fresh strawberry coulis.
  • Pour half of the strawberry coulis into a small saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar.
  • Cover the other half with cling film and place in the fridge.
  • Gently bring the strawberry coulis in the saucepan up to a boil and continue to let it bubble until reduced by half. You will be left with an intensely strawberry, jam like syrup. Pour into a bowl to cool.

Churning the Ice Cream:

  • Set your ice cream maker up as per the instruction manual.
  • Pour the non concentrated strawberry coulis into the custard base and stir.
  • Pour the strawberry ice cream base into the machine maker and churn until you have a thick, but not solid, ice cream. Mine took approximately 20 minutes to curn to a thick, yet still soft, ice cream.
  • Stop the ice cream maker and remove the lid.
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Creamy, thick strawberry ice cream.
  • Remove the plastic churning paddle and lick off all the soft ice cream to ensure it tastes good!
  • Using a silicone spatula transfer the ice cream to a suitable, freezer proof, ice cream tub.
  • Pour over the concentrated strawberry syrup and using a wooden spoon handle, ripple the intense strawberry syrup through the ice cream.
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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream such an intense strawberry colour.
  • Place the Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream into the freezer to completely firm up, 4-8 hours.
  • To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. The small amount of alcohol added, stops this ice cream from setting completely solid.
  • Scoop into a waffle cone or bowl and enjoy!
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Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream creamy, with an intense ripple of strawberry running through!

Ice Cream has to be right up, at the top, on my list of summer comfort foods. Whether it’s a sweltering hot day and I just want to cool down, or Wimbledon is on telly and I’m dragging out dinner, because the match is too good to miss. A cooling scoop of ice cream, in a cone, hits the spot.

If you haven’t tried making ice cream before, yet love it as much as I do, why not get an ice cream maker? You can play around with flavours, textures and make whatever combination you like!’

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe for Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream here are a couple of other recipes you might like too:

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream a great flavour combination.

Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae

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Raspberry Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae can be eaten any day of the week 😉

Very Vanilla Ice Cream

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Very Vanilla Ice Cream great for sandwiching between two cookies!

 

Ice Cream is such a great dessert option for summer barbecues, where people have feasted on deliciously cooked fish and meat. It is portable in cones, and brings out the kid in everyone.

Let’s hope that the unpredictable British weather gives us a few good weekends, where we can have fun in the sun and enjoy the great outdoors.

Sammie xx

Andrew James UK Ltd provided me with this ice cream maker, for the purposes of review. All opinions, views, content and photography are my own. I was not paid to write this post. Please see my Disclosure Policy

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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Today was so beautifully warm and sunny, I simply had to make this Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream.

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream - ice cream taken to another level!
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream – ice cream taken to another level!

Made with frozen blackberries from last year, this ice cream delivers massively on taste.

To quote Jennifer Aniston “Here’s the science bit”, when eating very cold food, such as ice cream, the flavours are dulled, due to the cold temperature. If you think of strawberries eaten straight from the fridge, they will never taste as good as those that have been left out to warm up a bit, or better, plucked straight from a sun warmed plant.

So when making ice cream, even simple Very Vanilla Ice Cream, the flavours need to be more pronounced so that you taste them.

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream all that is needed is a spoon.
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream all that is needed is a spoon.

With this creamy, sharp, sweet, tangy Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream, you taste every bit of the beautiful blackberries. Sousing them in sugar and lemon juice encourages each berry to release it’s maximum, ripe berry flavour. On it’s own the blitzed blackberry sauce would be too tart and the berry flavour would be overwhelming, yet mixed into a delicate vanilla ice cream custard and churned until it becomes ice cream, the flavours mellow and meld together, creating one of the most exciting flavoured ice creams ever.

Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream THE dessert to serve your future mother-in-law!
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream THE dessert to serve your future mother-in-law!

Studded with chunks of deep, dark, chocolate that lend not only a slight bitter flavour but added texture this Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream becomes complete. Elegant enough to be served in pretty bowls at the end of a meal with nothing else to accompany it. This ice cream deserves to be savoured unaccompanied.

One thing is certain – this ice cream is certainly up there with the best ice creams I have ever tried!

Recipe: Makes approx 1 litre Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

300ml Double Cream

300ml Whole/Semi Skimmed Milk

4 Large Egg Yolks – I always use free range eggs

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen Massey

7tbsp Caster Sugar

Scant pinch of salt – less than 1/4tsp

1tsp Cornflour

Juice of 1 Lemon

300g Blackberries – I used frozen but use fresh in season

100g/4oz Good Quality Dark Chocolate minimum 65% Cocoa solids

Method: Ensure that the freezing part of the ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 24 hours.

Please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream for step by step photographs, showing how to make the ice cream custard.

  • Place the cream, milk and vanilla extract into a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the egg yolks, sugar, salt and cornflour to a large heatproof bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • The milk/cream needs to reach scalding point. This is when little bubbles appear around the edge of the liquid.
  • When the milk/cream has reached scalding point remove the pan from the heat.
  • Whilst whisking the egg mixture, pour the hot milk/cream into the bowl – do not stop whisking.
  • Once combined tip the custard mixture back into the same saucepan, cooking over a low heat and constantly stirring, until the custard has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Place a sieve over a clean, heatproof bowl and pour the custard into the bowl, through the sieve.
  • Place cling film directly over the top of the custard so that is touches it. This will prevent a skin from forming.
  • Allow to cool and then place into the fridge to chill.
  • Place the blackberries into a bowl and add the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of caster sugar. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Place the blackberry mixture into a blender and pulse until you have a smooth purée.
  • Pass the blackberry purée through a sieve to remove any seeds.
  • Once the ice cream base has chilled remove the cling film and add the blackberry purée.
This ice cream really does have the most beautiful colour.
This ice cream really does have the most beautiful colour.
  • Mix briefly, don’t worry too much as it will be well mixed in the ice cream maker.
  • Transfer the custard mixture to a jug.
  • Pour the blackberry custard into the ice cream maker (for mine it has to already be churning – check your instructions).
  • Whilst the ice cream is churning chop the dark chocolate into 1cm-ish sized chunks.
  • Churn the Blackberry Ice Cream until it is a thickened, yet soft ice cream.
Beautifully soft whipped Blackberry Ice Cream.
Beautifully soft whipped Blackberry Ice Cream.
  • Using a soft rubber spatula decant the softly whipped ice cream into a suitable, freezer safe, plastic tub.
  • Add the dark chocolate chunks to the blackberry ice cream once it is in the freezer container.
Blackberry Chocolate a Chunk Ice Cream such a delicious combination.
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream such a delicious combination.
  • Stir the dark chocolate chunks through the ice cream so that they are evenly distributed.
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Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream ready for the freezer.
  • Clip on the lid, label and place the Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream into the freezer to finish freezing.
  • To serve, remove this ice cream from the freezer a full 30 minutes before serving – unless it really is an extremely hot day, then 20 minutes should suffice.
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream a delicious and elegant way to finish a meal.
Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream a delicious and elegant way to finish a meal.

I honestly cannot explain just how good this Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is. Whilst it may look a little more like a sorbet it is in fact delightfully creamy, with a deep berry flavour to match its beautiful colour and studded with dark chocolate crunch that adds another heavenly level of flavour and texture. It cleanses the palette and refreshes, whilst ensuring that you know you have eaten dessert.

In essence it is truly sublime. A million miles away from mass produced, sweet gloopy ice cream, this is the dessert to serve those you truly want to spoil. Not that it is expensive to make, simply that it is an ice cream worth lingering over and savouring.

If you have enjoyed this Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream recipe, here are a few others you may enjoy:

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Lemony Strawberry Pavlova
Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Very Vanilla Ice Cream
Very Vanilla Ice Cream

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Having an ice cream maker definitely makes the process of creating ice cream easier. It results in a much creamier, less icy, softer on the palate, cooling treat.

Unfortunaley whilst making the Blackberry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream another little piece of the plastic on our ice cream maker broke off – it really is on its last legs. Fortunately however, I will be reviewing a brand new model by Andrew James  over the coming few months, so expect lots of chilled recipes through the summer months.

It really gives me such a thrill reading your comments and I appreciate you taking the time to leave them. Likewise seeing my recipes being baked on Twitter and Instagram literally makes my day. Sharing is the heart of this blog and seeing you share your bakes with me always gives me a boost. Thank you.

Whatever you are making and baking in your kitchens, have fun and enjoy every feast that you create.

Sammie xx

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Caramac Caramel Cookies

Hello and thank you for stopping by. I may have a huge teeny tiny confession to make. I love Caramac! Nothing wrong in that except after I’d seen some some amazing Caramac Cupcakes over at Janes’s Pattiserie I asked my Hubby to pick up a few bags of Caramac buttons for ‘baking’ – then after I’d eaten all of them my friend bought me some more AND I ate those!! So you can imagine my family’s relief when I finally got around to baking these oh-so-good Caramac Caramel Cookies.

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Caramac Caramel Cookies perfect for sharing.

If you haven’t tried Caramacs before, they are a bit like white chocolate with a hint, just a hint of caramel flavour. When I was younger and even still today, I had to be careful how much chocolate I ate as it triggers migraines in me. Caramac bars were my go-to alternative. I had ‘almost’ forgotten about them, until Jane posted her cupcakes!

Buttons!! You can buy Caramac buttons now??!!

And the rest as they say is history. Everyone knows chocolate buttons taste better than a bar. They fit so nicely in my mouth and are just the best with a hot cup of tea. So now you know how I became hooked on Caramac again!

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Caramac Caramel Cookies creamy, chewy and addictive.

Actually I used Caramac bars to melt and drizzle over these utterly perfect Caramac Caramel Cookies. I simply couldn’t bring myself to use the buttons, I will do, just taking things one step at a time 😉.

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Caramac Caramel Cookies it might be worth buying a few extra Caramac bars!

These light, chewy cookies are a caramel lovers dream. The brown sugar in the cookie dough, along with the butterscotch chips, give these cookies an underlying caramel flavour, will bursts of absolute caramel. Melted Caramac drizzled on top adds an extra creaminess that completely rounds the flavours out and makes these Caramac Caramel Cookies so good.

Absolutely perfect for Caramac lovers, chocolate haters/avoiders and Cookie Monster’s like me!!!

Recipe: Makes 20 Caramac Caramel Cookies

225g/8oz Soft Light Brown Sugar

150g/5oz Unsalted Butter- at room temperature

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1 Large Free Range Egg – plus

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Pinch of Salt

150g/5oz Toffee/Butterscotch baking chips

120g 4 X Caramac Bars for the drizzle – use can use buttons if you prefer

Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan, gas mark 3.

  • Line 3 large baking trays with baking parchment.
  • Place the sugar and butter in a large bowl and whisk/beat for 5 minutes until pale and creamy – whisking for 5 minutes here and then after adding the eggs is very important to the finished texture of the cookie.
  • Add the vanilla extract and the eggs and continue whisking/beating for a further 5 minutes.
  • Sift in the flour, bicarb. and salt.
  • Add the toffee/butterscotch chips.
  • Fold all the ingredients together until you have uniform cookie dough.
  • Using a medium sized ice cream scoop, or a spoon and your hands, scoop/roll 5cm/2″ ball of cookie dough and place onto the baking tray.
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Space the cookie dough balls apart as they spread whilst baking.
  • Using clean, slightly wet hands squish the cookie dough balls fairly flat. They should be about 1cm thick.
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This ensures that they bake evenly as they spread.
  • Place the baking trays in the middle and lower parts of the oven and bake the cookies for 15 minutes exactly.
  • After the baking time has elapsed remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking trays.
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Caramac Caramel Cookies still soft when baked, they firm up on cooling.
  • Once the Caramac Caramel Cookies have cooled they are ready for their Caramac drizzle.
  • Break up the Caramac bars and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Zap the Caramac in 30 second spurts until it starts to melt, stirring in between each zap!
  • When the Caramac is half melted (mine took just over 1 minute), remove from the microwave and stir until it is all melted.
  • Drizzle the melted Caramac over the cookies.
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Caramac Caramel Cookies I do love a production line!
  • Leave the cookies to set.

These Caramac Caramel Cookies will keep for 5 days in an airtight container – if they last that long 😉.

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Caramac Caramel Cookies the perfect treat for those who don’t like chocolate and those who do!

Caramac bars and buttons are available in most supermarkets and local grocery shops. I know the buttons were bought from Asda. This IS NOT a sponsored post I just want to make sure that you can get hold of these delicious buttons to try – I take no responsibility for anyone who becomes hooked on them – they are very more-ish!!

We always have cookies in our house. I start most days with a cup of tea and a cookie, if I am late eating breakfast or miss it completely (I do try not too), then I have enough energy to keep me going. It is nice to always have something on hand to offer visitors when they pop in.

Are you a Cookie Monster? Do you have a favourite cookie recipe?

If you happily munched your way through this recipe for Caramac Caramel Cookies, here are a few more you might like to try:

Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies

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Chocolate Monster Mini Egg Cookies perfect for every Cookie Monster, including me!

Cherry Bakewell Cookies

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies if you fancy a change from chocolate?

Rolo Chocolate Cookies

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Rolo Chocolate Cookies soft and chewy bites of chocolate heaven.

If you you do have any favourite cookie recipes, please share them in the comments section and I’ll give them a try!

Reading your comments is one of the greatest pleasures of having this blog. Thank you for taking the time to write them and please keep them coming? Don’t forget to tag @sammiefeasting in on Twitter/Instagram with your makes and bakes? Another great part of having this blog!

Have fun cooking and baking in your kitchens and remember food always tastes better when it’s shared.

Sammie xx

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These Caramac Caramel Cookies have been entered into this month’s Treat Petite challenge hosted by Stuart at http://www.cakeyboi.com next month it will be hosted by Kat at The Baking Explorer

 

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

Oh boy do I have a treat for you. With Good Friday being tomorrow I decided to create one more recipe, a twist on the traditional Hot Cross Buns that we all love to eat this time of year. May I present my Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns!

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns a complete taste sensation.

Having been sent some medjool dates from The Medjool Date Co. I wanted to incorporate them into different recipes. It only occurred to me today to use them in these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns. How glad am I, that I had that moment of inspiration!

Now there are dates and there are medjool dates from Jordan. Once you have tried these medjool dates it is impossible to use any others – well for me it is! Big, sweet, but not tooth achingly so, good for you and they taste amazing. Whilst I have been cooking and baking with them a few, maybe more than a few have been eaten along the way.

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns brushed with warm ginger syrup.

Knowing I had ordered some stem ginger in syrup from Waitrose a couple of weeks ago, instead of opting for crystallised ginger, I used their stem ginger. Finely diced it is the only ginger in the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns. Using warm syrup from the stem ginger jar, to glaze the buns, still hot from the oven is the final touch.

These Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns are so utterly delicious eaten just as they are, sliced and buttered, or toasted and buttered. They make a fantastic alternative to traditional Hot Cross Buns and are great for those who dislike raisins/sultanas, or cinnamon.

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns perfect buttered with a hot cup of tea.

I love baking our own hot cross buns for Good Friday. We always have them toasted, with butter and large cups of tea or coffee. For our family it is the start of Easter. The day we remember that Jesus Christ gave His life for us all on the cross at Calvery. In fact I’ve always wondered why it is called Good Friday? As truly thinking about what Jesus went through, for me, brings me to a place of deep conviction – please see Important Stuff if you’d like to know more.

Recipe: Makes 12 Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns

500g/1lb 2oz Strong White Bread Flour

140ml/scant 5fl oz Whole Milk – slightly warmed (body temp)

120ml/4.5fl oz Water – slightly warmed (body temp)

2 Large Eggs – I use free range

1tbsp Honey

10g/1.5 Sachet Fast Acting Dried Yeast

10g/ approx 1tsp Salt

50g/2oz Unsalted Butter at room temp.

150g/5oz Medjool Dates – pitted and chopped to medium dice

2 Balls of Stem Ginger – removed from the syrup and finely diced

1/2tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg

For the crosses:

50g/2oz Plain white flour

50ml/2fl oz Water

Approx 30mls of syrup from the stem ginger jar to glaze the baked buns

Method:

This method is for use with a bread maker or stand mixer, if you wish to make by hand, I suggest you look to the original recipe in Paul Hollywood’s book ‘How to Bake’ ISBN 9781 4088 19494.

The ‘bowl’ refers to the bowl of a stand mixer or the mixing compartment of a bread maker.

  • Add both the milk and water to the bowl.
  • Next add both eggs, the honey and yeast.
  • Swish about with clean fingers to mix.
  • Now add the flour on top of the liquid mixture.
  • Place the salt and butter on top of the flour.

For a bread maker, set the cycle to dough and press start. When prompted by the machine, or 5 minutes before mixing stops, add the chopped dates, finely diced stem ginger and nutmeg. Allow the bread maker to complete the dough cycle.

When the bread maker has completed the dough cycle, ensure the dough has doubled in size, if not wait until it has. Then re start the dough cycle for 2 minutes, this will ‘knock back’ the dough for you.

For a stand mixer attach the dough hook. Start mixing on a low speed. Once the contents of the bowl resemble dough continue to mix on medium/slow speed for 5 minutes. Stop the mixer. Scrape all the dough, from the hook, into the bowl. Add the chopped dates, finely diced stem ginger and nutmeg . Lower the dough hook and mix on medium speed for a further 5 minutes.

After the 5 minutes mixing is complete, stop the mixer. Scrape all the dough back into the bowl, it will be very sticky – don’t worry. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a draught free place until doubled in size – 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Once the stand mixer dough has doubled in size, lower the dough hook and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes, this will ‘knock back’ the dough for you.

Shaping the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns – grease a large baking tray with butter – see Hot Cross Buns for full step by step pictures.

  • Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • It will be quite sticky, so ensure you have floured your hands well.
  • Cut the dough in half and then cut each half into 6 even pieces.
  • Shape each piece into a ball and place on the baking tray – the dough was very sticky so some of my balls weren’t perfect!
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Once shaped place each bun in rows of 3 on the baking tray.
  • When all 12 buns have been shaped, cover the baking tray with a clean tea towel.
  • Leave the buns in a warm, draught free place, until doubled in size.
  • Whilst the buns are proving, make the flour paste for the crosses. Add the water to the flour and mix until you have a smooth paste.
  • Place in a small, disposable piping bag and secure the top with an elastic band.
  • 10 minutes before the buns are ready to bake preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan, gas mark 7.
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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns doubled in size and ready to be piped.
  • Snip the end off the piping bag, so there is a small hole.
  • Pipe down the line of buns and then across the line of buns.
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Perfectly crossed buns, ready for the oven.
  • Place the Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns into the middle of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. They are baked when they are golden brown and sound hollow when rapped on the base with your knuckle.
  • Remove the buns from the oven.
  • Take the buns off of the baking tray and place onto a cooling rack.
  • Remove approx 30mls of syrup from the stem ginger jar.
  • Place into a microwaveable bowl and heat for 20 seconds.
  • Brush the warm syrup over the buns whilst they are still hot.
  • Leave to cool until at least warm.

 

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns glazed with syrup.

Biting into my very first, warm, Ginger Date Hot Cross Bun is an experience I will never forget!

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Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns look how light and fluffy they are inside.

So tomorrow morning, Good Friday, we have a choice of traditional Hot Cross Buns which I also baked today, or these delicious Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns.

Breakfast will truly be a feast, as much as making these has been fun!

If you’ve enjoyed these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns you may also want to try these other recipes:

Hot Cross Buns

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Traditional Hot Cross Buns.

Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns

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100% Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns.

Cherry Bakewell Hot Cross Buns

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Whatever you make or bake this Easter, I wish you a very happy time. I love seeing your bakes, so please pop a pic onto Twitter or Instagram and tag me in.

Sammie xx

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I have entered these Ginger Date Hot Cross Buns to the March Tea Time Treats Linky Party hosted by The Hedge Combers and Lavender and Lovage

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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies

Easter is nearly here and the shops are filling up with all sorts of chocolate goodies. Chocolate bunnies, Easter chicks and eggs in every size, shape and colour. I decided to have some fun and make Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies.

Smartie Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies
Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies being guarded by two Smartie hens!

I used Smartie mini eggs as their gorgeous colours show up so well on top of the brownies. There are also Smartie mini eggs hidden with the brownie, which kept their shape and crunch during baking.

These Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies are deliciously fudgey as you bite into them, with extra crunch and chocolate when you find a hidden egg. Utterly scrumptious!

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Each of these Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies is like an Easter Egg Hunt Adventure.

Ever since our children could walk we have made up an egg hunt for them. Sometimes friends and cousins get involved too, now they are a bit older. What never ceases to amaze me though, is the sharing that happens after the egg hunt is finished.

The children and sometimes adults, sit down with their spoils from the hunt and make sure everyone has the same number of eggs. This rarely happens, as I can never remember where they were hidden, so the numbers aren’t always even! So a good tip is to have a few eggs stashed in the cupboard, ready to even out the numbers so it’s fair.

And, if they do manage to find all of the eggs, you’ve got a secret stash of chocolate hidden away 😉.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies perfect for the adults whilst the children hunt for eggs!

Whilst we celebrate Easter for it’s true Christian meaning, see Important StuffI’ve never found being a Christian to be boring.

We certainly have lots of fun in our home and making these Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies, really is good fun! I had specific instructions from one daughter to make them larger than the Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites and I had the idea to bake them with whole, Smartie mini eggs, hidden inside.

Each Chocolate Mini Egg Brownie is drizzled in white chocolate before topping with more Smartie mini eggs. Easter is most definitely not the time in our house, for chocolate restriction!

In fact I’m not sure there ever is an appropriate time for that – but that’s a whole different subject!

Recipe: Makes 16 Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies

200g/7oz Plain Chocolate – minimum 70% Cocoa solids

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate – minimum 35% Cocoa solids

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter

4 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Dark Brown Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

1/4tsp Salt

4 Packets of Smatie Mini Eggs – 4 X 100g packets

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

100g/4oz White Chocolate – optional

Method: Preheat oven to 170C/155C fan, gas mark 3 1/2

  • Line a 22.5cm x 30cm (9″ x 12″) deep baking tin with aluminium foil
  • Break up the chocolate (or chop) into individual squares, dice the butter and place both into a heat proof bowl.Place the bowl over a simering pan of water (a double boiler) ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  • Stir continuously until both the chocolate and butter are two thirds melted.
  • Carefully remove the bowl from the pan and continue stirring until the contents are completely melted.
  • Set the chocolate aside to cool.
  • Into a separate bowl add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk lightly to combine the ingredients.
  • When the chocolate has cooled to just warm pour it into the egg mixture slowly, whilst gently stirring.
  • Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and add two packets of the Smartie Mini Eggs.
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Gently fold all the ingredients together.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the tin.
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Pour the brownie mixture into the lined tin.
  • Give the tin a couple of sharp taps against the worktop. This will help bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface.
  • Place the tin into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Halfway through the cooking time carefully tap the tin against the oven shelf, this helps the brownies stay fudgey and not rise, like a cake.
  • The brownies are cooked when the outside edge has set and the top has the familiar, sugar cracked look. There should still be a bit of wobble at the centre.
  • Once cooked remove the tin from the oven and allow the brownies to cool in the tin.
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Look at the classic brownie top on the Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies?
  • Once cooled remove the brownies from the tin and peel away the sides of the foil.
  • Break up the white chocolate and place into a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
  • Zap in short 20 second bursts, stirring after each heating period.
  • When the chocolate has almost melted, remove and keep stirring until completely melted.
  • Using a teaspoon drizzle half of the chocolate over the brownie slab.
  • Next add as many Smartie mini eggs as you dare, the melted chocolate will help them stick.
  • Now drizzle the other half of the white chocolate over the eggs and the brownie.
  • Leave to set in a cool place.
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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies deliciously drizzled with white chocolate and topped with extra mini eggs!
  • Once cooled cut the large brownie into quarters. Then cut each quarter into quarters and you will have 16 delicious Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies!
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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies cut into 16 squares.
  • Use a palette knife to remove each fudgey brownie from the foil.
  • Store any spare brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days – there’s no way they last that long here!!
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Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies served with a few extra eggs!

I like to serve these Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies with a few extra eggs, so that everyone can have the same number of eggs on top of their brownie. Little do they know there are hidden eggs within the brownie. 😉

Whatever your plans this Easter, I hope that you take a minute to remember the reason it is celebrated?

Jesus gave His life that we may all know Him, true forgiveness, unconditional love and peace. With Him life may not be perfect, but the journey is much easier.

If you’ve enjoyed these Chocolate Mini Egg Brownies then you may like these recipes too:

Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes

Smartie Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes
Raspberry Ripple Almond Cupcakes perfect for sharing.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake NW
Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake such a sunny colour and delicious flavour.

Whatever you make and bake, I would love to see your pictures. Please tag me in on Twitter/Instagram.

Sammie xx

@sammiefeasting Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest

Entered for Marchs’ We Should Cocoa over at Tin and Thyme  and Lancashire Food

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