There was a palpable excitement in the air. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the air was warm. The kids swapped their socks and trainers for flip flops, summer shorts were donned and the water pistols were dusted off. My hubby retrieved the barbecue from the depths of the shed and spent a couple of hours cleaning it ready for his first barbie of the year. The ice cream was in the freezer, the salad tossed, the meat sizzling and the wine poured. This was what we had all been waiting for – the start of our long overdue summer. We raised our glasses to toast a long, happy summer and that’s when we felt it. Rain – not just a few drops but enough that we had to abandon our barbecue and dash indoors – wet and miserable once more.
Oh the joys of a British summer!!
I had made this blueberry & lime ice cream as a treat for the kids and we still managed to enjoy it but probably not quite the same as if the sun had still been shining. The addition of lime makes it deliciously refreshing and it really is a quick dessert if you have an ice cream maker. If you don’t have an ice cream maker then it is still possible to make – it just takes a bit longer. All you need to do is place your bowl of mixture into the freezer for an hour, remove and whisk until smooth. Return it to the freezer again for another hour, remove and whisk again. Transfer the mixture to a rigid container and return to the freezer. Before serving, move to the fridge for 30 minutes to soften. I save all the soft and squidgy blueberries that the kids refuse to eat by storing them in the freezer until I have enough to make this ice cream. For this reason I am going to submit this post to Turquoise Lemons – No Waste Food Challenge which has a theme of fruit this month and is being hosted by Elizabeth over at the lovely Elizabeth’s Kitchen
There are so many good vanilla ice creams on the market but for pure indulgence there is nothing to beat a good homemade version.
If you are worried about making the custard – don’t be. If you end up with a lumpy mess then just take a whisk to it and beat the lumps out and nobody will be any the wiser.
If you are not sure what to make with the left over egg whites then freeze them in an ice cube tray for later. Just remember to label them once frozen or you could ruin your next lovely cocktail drink.
I finally got all three ice creams made and assembled my gelato cake. It turned out much nicer than I thought it would and looks very pretty on the plate. It is a lot of work to make all three layers from scratch but once it is done you can leave it in the freezer as a good standby dessert which would go down well with kids and adults. I haven’t given specific quantities for the ice creams because it is going to depend on the container that you use. Try and use the same amount of scoops for each layer to get some consistency and press down well to get rid of any air bubbles.
Personally I’m not sure it needs the biscuit layer on the bottom and would try it without next time I make it.
I have to confess that chocolate ice cream is not my favourite but in the latest Food and Travel magazine there is a dessert which intrigues me. It looks fabulous but I just can’t see how all the different flavours can work together. It involves making three different ice creams and one of them is this chocolate gelato. I’ve now made two – one to go. Hopefully by tomorrow my dessert will be ready to try in time for National Ice Cream day.
Don’t you just lover summer? Trips to the beach, spontaneous picnics in the park, sundowners on the patio as you watch the kids play in the garden till late at night. Well, here we are at last – it’s July and summer is here!! Or is it?
As I look out the kitchen window the skies are grey, the rain has been relentlessly beating down on my windows for days now with no sign of disappearing. In fact we have severe flood warnings throughout the country for this weekend. The long term forecast is no better – rain, rain, rain. The kids are due to break up for their (very) long summer holidays – HELP!!
Well, I am going to think positive, sunny thoughts and just maybe the weather forecasters have got it wrong and our long overdue summer is just round the corner. I am going to fill my freezer with lots of light summery dishes and of course the obligatory ice creams and sorbets for the kids. I made a start today with this very summery raspberry sorbet which is so refreshing and delicious. Go on – make it and dream of summer, or if you are lucky enough to be living somewhere where the sun is shining make it and cool down after a long hot day.