Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Festively Spiced White Chocolate Ice-Cream

This delicious dessert is a little bit of fun! You can bring it out at the end of a drunken dinner party as a bit of a conversation piece, or to keep children entertained. You don't have to dress it up like a snowman, but the temptation is hard to resist! The ice-cream itself is surprisingly festive, with hints of mulled wine and smooth white chocolate.

Top tip: If you're making snowmen it can be quite fun to let your guests finish the dressing with licorice scarves and chocolate chip eyes.

Makes 1/2 litre

INGREDIENTS:

Full Fat Milk - 500mls
Caster Sugar - 75g
Egg Yolks - 5
White Chocolate - 200g
Double Cream - 100mls
Cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
Mulled Wine Spices - 1 sachet

1. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until stiff and white. Then break up the white chocolate and melt in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.

2. In a separate pan add the milk, cream, cinnamon and sachet of mulled wine spices and bring to the boil. This will infuse the milk with a real Christmas flavour!

3. Remove the milk from the heat and allow to stand and cool before removing the sachet.

4. Into the milk pour in the melted white chocolate and mix in.

5. Whilst constantly whisking, add the egg yolk/sugar mixture. Keep whisking until all has been added, keeping as much air in as possible.

6. Whilst constantly stirring, pour into a running ice-cream maker and allow to set. (If you don't have an ice-cream maker you can use the same technique as making a sorbet, see my Passionfruit Sorbet recipe).

7. To make snowmen, roll balls of the set ice-cream in your hands (it helps to wear rubber gloves!) or use an ice-cream scoop, and place the balls on top of each other before placing back in the freezer to set in position.

Serve with my Sticky Toffee Chocolate Steamed Puddings!

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