It's SUMMER! It might be a bit unpredictable and prone to extreme swings of temperature, but when in Ireland the only thing to do is to roll with it and pretend you're on the Costa del Blah doing well on gas mark 7.
It’s SUMMER! It might be a bit unpredictable and prone to extreme swings of temperature, but when in Ireland the only thing to do is to roll with it and pretend you’re on the Costa del Blah doing well on gas mark 7.
Summer equals ice cream. End of. I’ve never bothered to purchase an ice cream maker because in all my years of watching reality cookery programmes, when you positively absolutely must have them work they break down resulting in serving up a bowl of sweet, creamy soup. But, in recent years I have become determined to master the art of making no-churn ice cream that doesn’t taste like you’re eating a scoop of ice crystals. My successes have made it onto the blog (coconut ice cream, salted caramel ice cream), but failures caste into my cookery Room 101 never to be mentioned again.
So here I am one day with three quarters of a litre of buttermilk left over wondering what I could do with it that wasn’t soda bread or marinating chicken breasts in it (makes the chicken go super tender, great when deep frying!). As you’ll come to notice the more you read my blog, most things I create are influenced by the weather and the seasons. And as things were hotting up, I decided I would turn my hand at making this delicious no-churn buttermilk ice cream.
My best top tip to give you for the perfect scoop is this: 5-10 minutes before serving, take the container out of the freezer and let it sit. The ice cream will have softened slightly, but will still be firm enough for a well rolled scoop, but any lingering ice crystals will also be long gone, so it can be enjoyed to it’s full creamy tanginess.
For extra punch, I drizzled some Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Cordial (neat) over the top and for crunch scattered some salted peanut praline over the top (recipe here). Three neat little scoops is just the right portion to feel indulged without feelings of gluttonous remorse!
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