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!
With 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
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
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.