Screaming for thrifty ice cream
Avoid the lure of the ice cream van with a delicious ice cream cake...
It’s not exactly Leaving Cert weather but it’s close.
It also means that I’m eking out the last few days of the kids being in school. The thoughts of having them all in the house for 2 months is filling me a bit with dread. There’s the endless lists of “I want” and that blooming ice-cream van that drives into the estate 5 times a day to send me up the walls. There is nothing like the sound of “jus’ wan cornetto” to start the clamouring for a Mr Whippy. Go out with a tenner for a few 99’s and come back bankrupt!
So instead why not lash this ice cream cake together and be the toast of the household. This a very frugal dessert, serving 8 people for just under 50c per portion. I’ve divided the ingredients into the stages at which you make it. The key to making the Ice Cream Cake is to make it the day before you want to serve it up.
Ice Cream Cake
• 100g frozen berries
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons caster sugar
• 50g butter
• 100g sugar
• 1 egg
• 75g cocoa powder
• 100g plain flour
• 500ml of vanilla ice cream (make life easy on yourself, buy a block, not a tub)
In a small saucepan, heat the berries, lemon juice and sugar to boiling point. Simmer for at least 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat a (fan) oven to 170 degrees Celcius. Line a baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. Get a loaf tin and line the full inside with cling film.
Whisk the butter and remaining sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, then finally the cocoa powder and flour. Beat until you have a stiff dough. Roll out to a rectangle on a floured board which will fit the full size of the tray, lift into place and trim the edges if you need to.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Before you take the tray from the oven, take the block of ice cream out of the freezer to allow to thaw slightly. Carefully while the dough is still warm use the loaf tin as a template to slice the dough into 2 long strips which will fit into the tin when cooled. You can eat the remaining biscuit here if you like. Call it the cook’s treat!
With a spatula, lift the first piece of slightly warm biscuit into the bottom of the lined loaf tin. Next, slice the block of ice cream into chunks and press on top of the biscuit. Pour the cooked and cooled raspberries on top, then top with the second piece of biscuit. You can see that the raspberries ooze over the top and down the sides of the cake, which is a great contrast with the creamy vanilla ice cream.
Cover the entire loaf tin with cling film and freeze for 3 hours before serving. I use a hot mug of water with a sharp metal knife to get straight lines and portions. Then wrap in greaseproof paper, twist each end and refreeze as little parcels.
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