ice cream

Strawberry + dark chocolate 'ice cream'

Easiest, yummiest 'ice cream' ever. 

It's actually frozen yogurt I suppose, and so simple and so good.

There's a few ways to make this, so do read the full post before deciding how you're gonna make your's!

You can make it as I did, with fresh berries and then freeze. If you do this, it'll need maybe 20-30 mins to unfreeze enough to serve and it IS quite crunchy icy.

You could use frozen strawberries - make sure they're frozen all the way through - and then serve immediately for a lovely soft almost mousse-like frozen yogurt sensation.

If you want something really creamy and luxurious, add 1/2-1 tin of condensed milk when you blend it all up - for a super-dreamy yummy ice cream.

But back to basics  ... here's what I used: 

approx 300g fresh strawberries (I had a 400g pack but had eaten quite a lot of them already plus saved a couple to have with the ice cream), hulled and halved

approx 400g Greek yogurt (it was a 500g tub but I saved some to make a chicken jalfrezi for dinner)

around 50g dark chocolate, bashed on the side to splinter it (half the packet)

a good tablespoon yummy runny good honey (I forgot to photograph this)

the zest and juice of a lime

And then I just whizzed it all up in the food processor - a blender would work too - and poured into a tub to freeze.

Serve with fresh strawberries and some shavings or pieces of dark chocolate.

Rachel Redlaw strawberry and dark chocolate ice cream
Rachel Redlaw strawberry and dark chocolate ice cream
Rachel Redlaw strawberry and dark chocolate ice cream
Rachel Redlaw strawberry and dark chocolate ice cream
Rachel Redlaw strawberry and dark chocolate ice cream

This is such an easy way to make a delicious dessert and works divinely with frozen mango too - and I like quickly toasting some flaked almonds to add for crunch.

Delicious.

Hope you like this - let me know how you go with it.



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No-fuss, no-churn, no-of-course-it's-not-good-for-you-exactly: lime ice cream

So simple it barely deserves a whole blog post, but so good that - yes it does.

It's this easy to make delicious ice-cream in many flavours - I've made coffee, lemon, vanilla and with added berries so far.  Today, it's this lovely lime ice cream, and this is how you make it.

Oh and regarding the 'not exactly healthy' claim ... well, you only need a spoonful each, and you're unlikely to eat it every day, so everything in moderation, right?

You'll need:

600ml double cream

397g tin condensed milk (and WHY is it sold in such a strange volume? why not 400g?)

zest of a lime

juice of half a lime (don't be tempted to add more as it is likely to curdle)

4 or 5 drops doTerra essential oil of lime (optional)

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream

And then you just put all the ingredients into a big bowl ...

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream

... and with an electric whisk, whisk for until it is gorgeous and airy and fluffy and thick - it can take up to ten minutes.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream
The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream

Scoop and pour into a plastic tub, cover and leave in the freezer to set.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream

Bring out of the freezer and into the fridge perhaps 20 minutes before serving.  

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder lime ice cream

I like to serve it with a little squeeze of fresh lime and some flaked hazelnuts toasted in a hot dry frying pan.

I like to serve it with a little squeeze of fresh lime and some flaked hazelnuts toasted in a hot dry frying pan.

Let me know what other flavours you try as I guarantee that once you've made it once you'll be hooked on this simple easy ice cream!



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(sort of) Thai iced coffee / coffee ice cream

I can almost guarantee that this is the Best Hangover Cure Ever.  Sweet, cold, and caffeinated. However, it is also pretty clear that I made this (badly) and took photographs (badly) whilst being slightly hungover myself so, dear reader, you're going to need a bit of imagination here.

This coffee has brought me back to life many mornings in Thailand - there's something extra special about buying it from the street sellers who serve it in a plastic bag with a straw and drinking it whilst meandering along in the heat. I did briefly consider putting mine into plastic bags but given that I was having trouble making it at all, I thought I'd keep it as simple as possible.

All you need to make two servings (with enough to make ice cream as well) is to make half a pot of very strong (double or triple strength) coffee.  Or use instant, I'm sure it would work fine. I don't think this is authentic for Thai iced coffee but I once read somewhere that Vietnamese iced coffee is made using cardamom pods too, so I like to crush a couple of pods and add to the pot to brew with the coffee.  I'm not sure you can taste the cardamom but I like the ritual of adding it.  Once made, leave the coffee to cool to room temperature.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder iced coffee

Put half a cup of the cooled coffee into each glass and add approx two tablespoons of condensed milk per person, and mix  well.  Add lots of ice and a slosh of cold milk.  Taste and add more coffee, condensed milk, ice and milk as needed. It needs to be very strong and very sweet and very cold.

Here's how not to do it - pouring the coffee over ice and not mixing the condensed milk properly.  I poured it all back out into another glass and mixed it properly before pouring back.

Anyway, on this occasion it didn't really matter what it looked like - it WORKS! And it's delicious of course in the summer too.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder iced coffee
The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder iced coffee

Or how about making coffee ice cream?

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder coffee ice cream

Put 600ml double cream and a tin of condensed milk (397g) into a big bowl with another quarter of a cup (or a couple of tablespoons) of the cooled strong coffee, and whisk with an electric whisk until fluffy soft peaks are created.  Pour into a tub and put in the freezer overnight.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder coffee ice cream
The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder coffee ice cream
The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder coffee ice cream

And that's it.  Really good and really easy.

The Tiniest Thai Rachel Walder coffee ice cream

If I get the iced coffee looking a bit better next time I make it, I'll add another picture.  

And given that today is New Year's Eve, that time could well be tomorrow ... in the meantime, happy new year everyone!



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