It’s still very much trial and error with my attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden. We’re enjoying it though. My friend Lou told me that raspberries grow easily so of course I rushed out and bought a plant last year – and she was right. They do.
Betsey loves them and there’s nothing nicer than popping outside and helping ourselves to a few organic raspberries – and I seriously don’t want to waste any of them. In fact, I’d go as far to say that I’m obsessed with not wasting anything that we’ve grown. It tastes so good and we’ve spent so long nurturing everything. I probably sound like that lady with the dungarees from the 70s sitcom ‘ The Good Life ‘ – but we have a long way to go before we have pigs roaming in the garden.
Anyway, we decided that as we have practically been melting in the heat this week it would be a good time to use our new ice cream maker and try out our own simple recipe for raspberry and dark chocolate ice cream with fresh mint. As we have sampled it and like it a lot.. ( it’s so intensely fruity ) – thought you might like it for yourself ? You don’t actually need a machine to make this but if you do have one – saves a little bit of time. It’s really quick and easy.
1 and a half cups of raspberries.
200 ml extra thick double cream.
75 g white sugar.
40 g dark chocolate chopped into small pieces.
1/ 4 teaspoon of vanilla bean extract.
a few sprigs of fresh mint to decorate.
Puree 1 cup of raspberries and chop most of the other ones in to little pieces – adding them a bit later in to the ice cream mix for texture and also save a few for topping.
Add the sugar, chopped raspberries and vanilla extract to the puree and mix together. Then add the chocolate, saving a few pieces back. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 mins.
Next put it on the ice cream maker or mix steadily until the consistency has thickened a little. Pour it in to a bowl suitable for the freezer and then sprinkle the last few bits of chocolate over the top.
Pop it in to the freezer, ideally over night but for at least 4 hours. You have ice cream !
To serve – add a few fresh mint leaves and raspberries to the top – it looks nice and colourful but also adds lovely flavour.
If you try it out – hope you enjoy it – do let me know how you get on ?
Have a good one.