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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Is It Time For Ice Cream?

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With the weather warming up and the evenings becoming longer, ice cream days are here again!
I want to SCREAM really loudly about this one, as it's soooo easy - 5 minutes to prepare for freezing and it's yet another recipe that you don't need to use a machine for.

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But before I get on to the ice cream, I want to show you the chocolate cups I came up with. You really need some silicone moulds for these as the chocolate shells pop out of them without any fuss. I've used sphere and pyramid moulds.
Melt about 50g of dark chocolate and pour into a piping bag made from baking parchment or use a ready made one with a very small (no. 2) nozzle. You can also just use a teaspoon to drizzle the chocolate into the moulds, less clean up this way! Drizzle the dark chocolate in a random fashion over the inside of the moulds (or you can do some proper designs) and leave to set in the fridge.
Melt 100-200g of good white chocolate and brush the moulds until well covered. Leave to set. You need to coat the moulds with several additions of the white chocolate to make a firm shell that won't break.

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You can now add the ice cream, or use them to hold summer fruits or mousse as in this recipe from Jen at Use Real Butter. Just make sure that if you are adding anything runny that needs to set, put the moulds onto a baking sheet or plate, and fill them up BEFORE lifting into the fridge/freezer - lesson learnt the hard way!!

chocolate, banana and Baileys ice cream

Now, the best part - the ice cream!
David Lebovitz says that "this is the world's easiest ice cream", and having made it a few times now, I have to agree. It's just melted chocolate, milk, banana, Baileys and rum, blended together and frozen. No churning, no stirring, no nothing!
I used half cream and half semi skimmed milk and swapped the rum for Frangelico - delicious.
Thanks David for a great recipe!

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Chocolate, Banana and Baileys Ice Cream
Adapted from this recipe by David Lebovitz

2oz (55g) dark or milk chocolate, broken into squares (I used milk chocolate)
3 tablespoons (40 ml) milk, whole or low fat (I used semi skimmed)
3 tablespoons (40 ml) cream
6 tablespoons (80 ml) Baileys Irish Cream liqueur
1 medium banana, peeled and thickly sliced
1 tablespoon (15 ml) dark rum (I used Frangelico liqueur)

Melt the chocolate with the cream and milk in a microwave, stirring every 15 seconds - or melt in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Using a blender, blend the melted chocolate/cream/milk mixture, the Baileys, the banana and the rum (or Frangelico) until smooth.

Pour into the chocolate shells, or other moulds or even a plastic container and freeze for at least 4 hours.

(Printable Recipe)

chocolate shells filled with ice cream

This is my contribution to this month's Sugar High Friday, being hosted by Zilla at Climbin' the Walls. She's asking for wheat free desserts to be submitted by 25th May 09.

This event was created by Jennifer at The Domestic Goddess. You can see all the previous themes here.

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37 comments:

Antonia said...

Beautiful presentation of this great-sounding ice cream. I love those chocolate cups and could think of all sort of things to serve in them. But the ice-cream? That really needs to be tasted sometime very soon!

sunita said...

The days are definitely getting longer in our neck of the woods too, but the chill is still there. Wouldn't stop me from enjoying your yummy ice cream though :-)

cathy said...

i love love your bowls! and anytime is ice cream in my book. yum yum yum!

anudivya said...

That is GORGEOUS! The shells look so pretty. I don't care of it is the time or not... I want this!

Jules said...

Stunning desserts. I love the method you have used to make the shells.

Megan said...

I love your moulds. At first I thought that one was a pyramid shaped mould. I have one on order and cant wait to get it. Love the ice cream recipe too. Doesn't seem like it would make to much which is perfect cuz I have a small family. As always, you have presented it beautifully! :)

Ben said...

Oh yes! It is ice cream time again. I love your pictures, they make me wanna eat some ice cream right now.

Jan said...

Fantastic! Nic you are so clever they look amazing.

Sam said...

I love the chocolate cups, they're brilliant!

Margaret said...

The chocolate cups look wonderful. The ice cream recipe sounds perfect.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I'm climbing the walls looking at these beauties Nic! Fabulous & just brilliant! I can see your love for Baileys peeping out of there...like the yum bar of Baileys chocolate he he!! Well done !!

Sophie said...

What an excellent, decadent & fabulous delicious recipe is this!!! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM........pure deliciousness!!

Grace said...

i've certainly never had that particular combination of flavors in an ice cream--it sounds like a fancy-shmancy, charge-an-arm-and-a-leg flavor to me, which makes it even more appealing. :)
love the cups, too--very neat and super clever.

Sylvie said...

I don't think I need warm weather, it could be freezing and snowing outside and I wouldn't say no to one of those!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Those cups are adorable, Nic - and they look super yummy, too. :)
Oh, it's cold here today, but I would have this fantastic ice cream anyway. :D

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh this is so GORGEOUS! Decadent & delicious calls to mind here!!

Rosie x

Nicisme said...

Wow, thanks for all the comments! I have been away from the computer and you've all made my day!
Megan - one of those moulds was a pyramid mould - hope your one comes soon!

Susan said...

Nic, the icecream sounds and looks yummy! I've got to try it! It's up around 90 here these days!

Maria♥ said...

Nic, your creations are simply amazing!!

Maria
x

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Oh, that sounds absolutely delicious :)

Elyse said...

Sorry that I've been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader. This treat looks fabulous! I love the idea of putting my yummy (no-need-for-an-ice-cream-maker) ice cream in a wonderful chocolate cup! DELISH!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is one amazingly fabulous looking dessert!

Wendy said...

I came across this thanks to Jenn The Leftover Queen's Fabulous Friday's and just happened to have banana, rum and Baileys (the carmal kind) in the house at the same time (there is always chocolate) so jumped up and made it immediately! It was amazing! Thanks for a great easy recipe - this is a keeper (as is your blog - I am now a subscriber!)

Dragon said...

This icecream look amazing but the real star is the cup!

Anne said...

They look amazing and *love* the sound of baileys ice-cream!

I've nominated you for an award, please come by to collect http://anneskitchen1.blogspot.com/2009/05/preemio-blogger-award.html

Patricia said...

Oooh la la!! Aren't they gorgeous looking! Isn't it always time for ice cream??

thepassionatecook said...

good lord... is this the most perfect dessert or what? glorious, glorious pictures as well! yum...

Stacey said...

That looks so amazing! Every bit of it sounds delicious!

rickdog said...

Find more Baileys Ice Cream in my recipe blog search:
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atdownunder said...

Oh that's so lovely ! And all these flavours combined together...that must be heaven !

Chow and Chatter said...

amazing you can really cook

Robin Sue said...

Oh my word those little chocolate bowls are beautiful. Very clever of you!

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

This is stellar! WOW. love the choc cups will have to buy siolicon moulds soon...


how hve u been long time no see :)

Nicisme said...

Thanks again guys! You are the best!

Wendy - welcome! I'm so glad to see you here!

Anne - thanks for the award.

Navita - I'm good and it's really nice to 'see' you!

Cheri said...

Great contribution! Your photos are awesome and the ice cream sounds delicious! I just might have to give these a try sometime.

Safia said...

an artistic masterpiece, i am so inspired and cant wait to make these! please tell me, how long will these keep in the fridge, covered? i.e. can i make in advance and then fill just before serving? also, what kind of time gap between drizzling the dark choc and painting on the white choc? oh i just have to have one now!

Nic said...

Hi Safia,

Thank you for your lovely comments!

You can make the chocolate shells well in advance and put them in the freezer, or the fridge. They'll keep for ages, (a couple of weeks probably) especially if the shells have at least 2 or 3 coats of chocolate.
I guess it depends on what you are filling them with as to fill before serving or several hours before. These had ice cream in and were kept in the freezer for several weeks.

The gap between the dark drizzle and white choc will depend on how soon the dark choc sets. Put it in the fridge to get it to set quicker Just be careful that your white chocolate is cooled a bit, because it could melt the dark drizzle if you brush it on while hot!

Hope this helps and if you have any other questions you can email me - my email is on the right hand sidebar near the top.