Nov 24, 2018

Red Velvet & White Chocolate Ice Cream

In a recent post on my Ice Cream Recipes Facebook page I featured this fab photo sent to me by my friend Pat from sunny Cyprus. 

Red Velvet and White Chocolate ice cream flavours

I asked readers to guess the ice cream flavours. Oh what fun it was! The response to the post was amazing and people made all kinds of suggestions. Some guesses were very close and a few were a little .. er ... let's say 'imaginative'  :)

One ice cream enthusiast suggested beetroot and onions! Another, bacon and chicken! After 5 days of guessing, it was Louise McInnes from Scotland who got it right. Her first post guessed Red Velvet for the top scoop and her second post guessed White Chocolate for the bottom scoop. She was spot on!

If you want to make your own homemade versions of these ice cream flavours here are my recipes.

Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream Recipe

NOTE: My recipe is for a rich and creamy ice cream with crumbled real Red Velvet cake added. The recipe is very similar to my Christmas Pudding ice cream.

Step 1 - Make a rich custard base using:
1/2 pint (250ml) chilled whole milk
4 egg yolks
4 oz (100g) sugar or caster sugar
  • Heat the milk slowly in a saucepan. Bring it up to boiling point but do not boil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar. Beat until smooth then pour the hot milk into it and stir it well. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and heat it gently. 
  • Keep stirring whilst it slowly heats up and thickens. When it looks and feels like custard take the pan off the heat and leave it to cool down. This will take 1-2 hours. Chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight.
Step 2 - When the custard is chilled, add the remaining ingredients:
1/2 pint (250ml) chilled, double/heavy cream
8 oz (200g) Red Velvet cake (crumbled and chilled)
  • Stir the double/heavy cream into the chilled custard base. 
  • Add the crumbled Red Velvet cake, gently stirring it in well. 
  • Transfer the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

White Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

White chocolate for ice cream recipeThis recipe also uses a rich custard base but with vanilla flavouring added and of course a good quality white chocolate.

The full list of ingredients and instructions is on my dedicated, white chocolate ice cream recipe page.

It is one of the most popular ice cream recipes downloaded by readers over the years. Especially at Christmas time!

Aug 28, 2018

Ice Cream Camouflage On The Beach!

Ice cream comes in all kinds of flavors and colors but have you ever come across a camouflage ice cream? Well I just did!

I was on holiday recently and decided to try a new ice cream flavor from one of Europe's top commercial ice cream makers. I don't normally do this as I much prefer homemade ice cream but it was a hot day and the combination of ingredients displayed on the advertising board for this new popsicle looked too good to resist.

The ingredients combination was:
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk chocolate coating
  • Maple syrup and chopped walnuts mixed into the chocolate coating
I bit into the popsicle the moment it was handed to me. It tasted surprisingly good for a commercial ice cream. Then it occured to me .... I should take a photograph to share this new flavour with my ice cream blog readers. 

Only when I finished eating the ice cream and looked at the photo I had taken did I realise that it was initially hard to detect against the background. The background of the sandy beach with its ridges and shadows was so similar to the popsicle that the ice cream seemed to be in camouflage!

"Camouflage Ice Cream" -  now there's an idea for some really unusual ice cream recipes. I need to make time to see what I can cook up. Watch this space!

Nov 26, 2017

A Fun Christmas With Ice Cream

If you love ice cream, you are probably planning to eat some over the holiday season. That, however, is just the beginning of the fun you can have with ice cream. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts that you can buy on - for yourself, your family, children, friends and even your pets!

Ice Cream Makers - Ice Cream Bowls - Ice Cream Pyjamas & T Shirt - Ice Cream Toys for Pets

I'm a serious ice cream fan and love to make my own homemade ice cream. I actually bought 3 of these items myself and have been delighted with them. What did I buy?  

The Cusinart ICE-45 soft serve machine - brilliant fun especially if you are having a party, Children just adore the idea of having a soft scoop cone with a choice of sprinkles. It's like having the ice cream truck come by the house!

The Lello 4090 Gelato Pro - this is what I use for more serious and adventurous ice cream making. Great for custard base ice cream recipes, making gelato and even sorbets. I have tested all my ice cream recipes on this model of ice cream maker for over 15 years. Just on my second machine now after the old one gave an amazing 14 years/ faithful service!

The Set of Ice Cream Bowls & Spoons - brightly coloured with a sense of fun which makes them ideal for parties. The cone shaped spoons are great too.

Wishing all ice cream lovers everywhere a very Happy Christmas.