Today, I am able to cross off the first task on my Day Zero List (101 things in 1001 days). We have made homemade ice-cream!
To make homemade ice-cream, the first thing you will need to do is go down to the supermarket, find yourself a trolley basket and collect all of the ingredients needed for two flavours of ice-cream, unload them agonisingly slowly onto the till and then let Mummy carry them home whilst you eat your sweets. This is the most exciting part of making homemade ice-cream. For some people.
J quite liked the idea of lemon flavoured ice-cream, but I really wanted to try the cherry recipe, so we made both, and here are the recipes we used (taken from supermarket magazines).
Lemon Ice Cream
Serves 4, ready in 10 mins (plus freezing time).
400g (1 tin) ready made custard
200g vanilla yoghurt (we used a Muller Light)
100g lemon curd
Juice and grated zest 1 lemon
Juice and grated zest 1 lime
1. Mix the custard and yoghurt together.
2. Add the lemon curd and the juice and zest of the lemon and lime. Beat thoroughly.
3. Put into an airtight container and freeze. Take out after 2 hours, beat and return to the freezer.
4. Take out and beat after another 2 hours. Return to the freezer until frozen.
Cherry Ice Cream
Serves 8, ready in 1 hour (plus freezing time).
700g cherries (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
397g can condensed milk
2tbsp lemon juice
300ml double cream
1. De-stalk and de-stone what turns out to be about a million cherries. Put into a pan with 125ml water. Simmer for 5 mins. Tip into a bowl and chill for 30 mins. Also chill the condensed milk. *
2. Drain the cherries and reserve the juice (which can be made into a sauce by making up to 300ml with water and gently boiling with a little cornflour). Roughly puree the cherries and add the lemon juice.
3. Whip the cream until it holds it’s shape. Fold into the cherry puree with the condensed milk.
4. Turn into a plastic container and freeze for at least 5 hours (no beating needed). Remove from freezer 15 mins before serving.
And there you have it. Ta-daaa! Delicious homemade ice-cream in two flavours.
Day Zero: 996 days to go.
* While you are waiting, you could make some very nice cheese and vegetable muffins using the easy peasy recipe from My Daddy Cooks, as a way to trick your three year old into eating more of his 5-a-day.
This may or may not work, it all depends on whether or not you chop up the veg small enough. If you dont, he may discover that they are actually not really cakes, but full of yucky brocolli. At which point you may have to just eat them yourself, or give them to Granny…