In the summer time when the weather is highYou can chase right up and touch the skyWhen the weather’s rightYou got *ice-cream you got *ice-cream on your mindHave a drink, have a driveGo out and see what you can find…(Hopefully more ice-cream!)
You would have to live in a cave to have not noticed the beautiful weather we have been having across the UK the last 3 or 4 days. The picnic blankets have come out, there have been walks in the park, gardening, cool cocktails in the evening sunshine and plenty of BBQ’s and the whole time I’ve been walking around with my own personal summer theme song playing in my head, except unlike the Mungo Jerry original, I have not had women on my mind, but instead, ice-cream!
I love all types of ice-cream, scoops in a bowl with fresh fruit, in a tall sundae glass covered in sauce, nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream, Ben and Jerry’s out of a tub, or soft my whippy in a cone with a flake…ALL types of ice-cream! I’m also quite partial to a sorbet or frozen yogurt too…but I’m sure there will be more of that as the summer continues.
As most of you know my exams are already over due to a horrible timetable that meant I had all of my exams in the first three days of my university’s exam period. As a result, I thought I’d return home for a week so as not to distract my friends still slogging it away over their textbooks and revision notes!
I’ve been fortunate enough to not only be able to sun myself in the garden all weekend, but I’ve also had access to my parents fridge/freezer and a couple of gadgets I couldn’t take to uni with me, like my ice-cream maker!
Despite being given a Kenwood ice-cream maker nearly 10 years ago by a family friend, I had not used it until this weekend! I bet you’re wondering why? Well…my Mum told me it was too big to fit in our little freezer (which is always RAMMED full of random foods…just the other day I found what looked like a pheasant, some scallops, as well as finger rolls, cocktail sausages and some Ben and Jerry’s – we clearly have a very varied diet.) I stupidly believed her, and every summer I’ve hinted at getting it out but every summer she’s come back with the reply “the freezer’s just too full.”
Well, this year I decided to not even bother consulting her…I must be getting brave in my old age! Jon and I hunted until we found it lurking in the back of our under stairs cupboard and began re-arranging the contents of our freezer. With 27 degree heat, in England, in May, we were going to make sure we had ice-cream!
Now, you don’t need an ice-cream maker to make ice-cream, it just makes it a little easier! But by all means feel free to swap the machine churning with hand stirring at various intervals once the mix has gone into the freezer. But don’t worry I’ll include hand mixing and machine mixing instructions in the recipe.
- 150ml Cream
- 150ml Milk
- 85g Sugar
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 200g Strawberries
- Blend the fruit with 10g of the caster sugar until you have a smooth puree. If you’re not a fan of bits, strain out any remaining pips, and pop to one side.
- Next, whisk (by hand) the egg yolks with the remaining 75g of the sugar until it is thick, creamy and a pale yellow. Again, place this to one side.
- Next, in a pan, gently heat the milk and cream stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until it begins to thicken.
- This will take roughly 5 mins and you will feel it start to drag/stick to the bottom of the pan.
- When you feel it thicken remove the pan from the heat and add the egg/sugar mix to the cream/milk mixture.
- Stir it until it has thoroughly combined and place back on the heat for roughly another 5mins until it begins to thicken again.
- Be very careful, you do not want the eggs to cook!
- Lastly, remove the pan from the heat again and stir in the fruit puree.
- Pour this into a jug and leave to cool. This can be placed in the fridge to quicken the process.
- Once it has cooled down remove your ice-cream machine or container from the freezer.
- If you have an ice-cream machine you now need to refer to your manufacturer’s instructions!
- If you don’t have an ice-cream machine, pour the cream mix into your container then place in the freezer (uncovered) for half an hour.
- Once the half hour is up remove it and stir.
- Put it back in for another 30mins and then repeat the stirring/putting in the freezer process until it has completely frozen!
- Serve with some fresh fruit, or so naughty chocolate sauce.
Top tip #1: If you are using an ice-cream maker don't forget to put it in the freezer 24 hours before you intend to make the ice-cream - though do check your manufacturer's instructions, your tub may need to go in sooner or later!
Top tip #2: The ice-cream freezes VERY hard, so do leave it out to defrost for a minute or two before serving.