chocolate ice cream of some sort for her We Should Cocoa event, I instantly dismissed the idea. It is the middle of winter in Melbourne after all. I am not even that keen on ice cream in the middle of summer. Then I lay awake planning the ice cream I would make. I made a disastrous iced butter with raspberry swirls in my first attempt. My next attempt - rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream - was far better.
I decided to try one of the no-churn ice creams made of cream and condensed milk. (I first saw the recipe on Chele's Chocolate Teapot blog - the co-founder of the We Should Cocoa Event!) It was the condensed milk that I couldn't resist. In fact as I made the ice cream and licked a spoon that had condensed milk on it, I found myself muttering, "Amazing!" I consulted quite a few blogs and tried a rapsberry ripple and white chocolate ice cream.
choc chips in ice cream resulted in rock hard chocolate. I tried to swirl it quite unsuccessfully. Not my finest moment in the kitchen. Fortunately I have two ice cream enthusiasts in my house. They loved the huge nuggets of fudge in the ice cream. With some adjustments I think this ice cream would work well so I have included a recipe below.
Stac Polly in Edinburgh last year, I knew this was an unusual but delicious ice cream flavour. I found more inspiration online. You can see above that I did a far better job at whipping the cream and condensed milk than in the first ice cream. Yes, I was paranoid about whipping it too much and used the electric beaters on low.
While on an aside, I can share a little family anecdote. I was so surprised when I told my mum that I was making ice cream with condensed milk and she said her mum used to do the same. Strange. I don't remember my grandmother ever making ice cream. When I asked about it, my mum said it was when she was a kid. Their fridge didn't have a freezer but it did have a little ice block compartment. My grandmother would make ice cream and freeze it in small amounts in an ice block container.
Other inspirational ice cream recipes (no ice cream maker required)
Banoffee ice cream - Cake Crumbs and Cooking
Bounty ice cream - Fuss Free Flavours
Cinder toffee ice cream - BBC Good Food
Mint chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream - Elizabeth's Kitchen
Passionfruit ice cream - The Kitchen Maid
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe - Leite's Culinaria
Vegan blueberry ice cream - Diet Dessert and Dogs
Rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup (125ml) condensed milk
3/4 cup stewed rhubarb (see below)
- 1/4 stirred and 1/2 swirled
100g white choc chips
Beat together cream and condensed milk until thick and creamy. (Do not overbeat or it becomes buttery.) Fold through 1/4 cup of the rhubarb until combined. Gently swirl through rhubarb and choc chips. Pour into a plastic container and freezer for at least 6 hours before eating.
1 bunch of rhubarb (about 6 large stalks)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp honey
juice of 1 lime
2-3 tbsp water
Place all ingredients into a medium to large saucepan. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until the rhubarb is quite thick and bubbly but at a little water if sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
NOTES: This is a thicker rhubarb stew than I usually do but works in the ice cream. It is also quite tart but again once paired with the sweet ice cream that is quite nice.
Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream with White Chocolate Fudge
1 tsp lemon juice
80g white chocolate
50g of condensed milk
155ml condensed milk
Gently heat raspberries with lemon juice in a small saucepan until you have a pulpy mixture. Push through a sieve and discard the seedy stuff that is left in a sieve. Cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile melt 80g of white chocolate with 5og of condensed milk until a thick mixture. I tried to swirl this through the ice cream but if doing it again I would spread into a brownie tin and cool. Once cool I would cut into chunks.
Beat together cream and condensed milk until thick and creamy. Swirl through the raspberry puree and white chocolate fudge chunks. Pour into a plastic tub and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.
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