Ice cream, sorbet, frozen yoghurt and ices are all types of frozen desserts which are enjoyed all over the globe. Versatile and popular these frozen treats have many flavour combinations to choose from, each of us having our own personal favourites. Long before mass production ice cream was traditionally made with a few simple ingredients, milk, cream, sugar, eggs (not always) and natural flavourings. However, over the years and due to it’s growing popularity and demand ice cream has become mass-produced and as a result the added ingredients list of this frozen dessert has grown…but not always in a good way!
what’s the real scoop?
Is it worth making your own ice cream when so much is available to buy? I do believe it is…try reading (I need reading glasses because the print is so small) the ingredients list on some ice cream cartons, for example you may see words like polydextrose, aspartame, lactitiol, maltitol and many E numbers. Do most of us know what they are? Now scroll down and read the ingredients list for home-made ice cream…!
I watched these interesting videos regarding ice cream and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and so I thought I would share… it really is food for thought! Jamie Oliver on the David Letterman’s show did mention something about beavers anal glands…?
Rose Petal and White Chocolate Home-Made Ice Cream
No ice cream machine needed for this very easy smooth and creamy recipe. As it is all cream based… easy on the servings! Serves four but you can easily double the recipe to make more. I like to make small amounts of ice cream at a time, keeping everything as fresh tasting as possible. This ice cream is best served on the day of making.
- 1 tablespoon of chopped dried rose petals
- 250ml whipping cream
- 50g powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon rose-water
- 25g good quality white chocolate
How to make:
Place a metal or plastic container into the freezer to chill.
Add the dried rose petals into a mixing bowl. Pour in the cream and add the powdered sugar. Mix everything together and place the mixing bowl into the fridge for about 10 minutes, the cream will be lightly perfumed by the dried rose petals. Meanwhile finely chop the white chocolate and set aside.
finely chop the rose petals using scissors
Take the mixing bowl from the fridge and whisk the cream until soft peaks form using an electric whisk. Add the rose-water and white chocolate and fold into the cream using a spatula. Scoop the contents of the mixing bowl into the chilled container from the freezer and smooth over the top of the cream with the spatula. Cover and place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until firm before serving.
Tip: Making the ice cream many hours ahead of serving you will find the ice cream will have frozen solid and impossible to scoop from the container. Usually what I do is take the container of ice cream from the freezer and place it into the fridge for about 15 to 20 minutes before serving. This softens the ice cream, making it easier to scoop into balls with an ice cream scoop.
Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream: Omit the dried rose petals. Replace the rose-water and white chocolate with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 25g of finely chopped dark or milk chocolate.