Eeek- Need a quick dessert! Make vanilla ice-cream into something special

08 Dec

We’ve all been in one of these two situations.

1. You’re at home, cozied up on the couch with your loved one, watching some feel-good TV when all of a sudden, the little demons in your head start enticing you to crave dessert. You want something rich and creamy, something that tastes like you ordered it in a restaurant.

2. Your best friend/sister/cousin/boyfriend/mother/colleague has kindly informed you that they are coming by for an impromptu visit or you’ve arranged a dinner party, but somehow overlooked dessert. Eeeeek!

// a trusty tub of beloved vanilla ice-cream and a few key ingredients, you could whip up a tasty dessert and nobody needs to know how lazy, slack and unorganised you really are, you cheeky bugger! All recipes serve four people.

Lychees & Ginger

400g can lychees, drained

2 pieces preserved ginger in syrup, cut into thin strips

Spoon the lychees over the ice-cream, sprinkle with a few strips of the preserved ginger and then drizzle with ginger syrup.

Kiwifruit & Strawberries

4 kiwis, cut into cubes

1 punnet strawberries cut into small pieces

2 tbsps orange-flavoured liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau

Combine fruit and pour over liqueur. Allow to macerate for a few hours.

Spoon over vanilla ice-cream and sprinkle with slivered almonds to garnish.

Caramel Pecan Sauce

90g unsalted butter

1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar

185g cream

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

a few handfuls of pecans, toasted

Melt butter in a saucepan over moderate heat and add sugar, cream and salt.

Whisk until sauce is simmering and smooth.

Take off heat and stir in vanilla.

Serve warm over ice-cream, then scatter with nuts. YUM!

Lemon Blueberry Sauce

2 tbsps unsalted butter

1 tbsps caster sugar

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

300g blueberries

Melt better over moderate heat, add sugar, lemon juice and 4 tablespoons water and cook until sugar has dissolved.

Stir in blueberries, mashing a few against sides of pan and cook until sauce has thickened which will take about 3-5 minutes. Serve warm over ice-cream and decorated with candied lemon rind if you like.

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Posted by on December 8, 2006 in Inspiration


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