Thursday, 17 December 2020

Chocolate Rum Sultanas Cashews Ice Cream

This is a variation on a theme; I first made this chocolate ice cream last Christmas as a plain chocolate version.  I thought I'd ramp it up this year with a variation suggested by a recipe in an old magazine (perhaps The Australian Women's Weekly?)  Their recipe is a make-it-by-the-book proper custard churned in a machine etc.  But no, we aren't doing that here, my friends.  You didn't think for a minute... :-) ?

Mine is the easy condensed milk type.  Still tastes fabulous, she says modestly.  You can ring the changes on this one by using white or milk chocolate instead of dark; you can use different nuts or fruits; add whatever liqueur you fancy - the possibilities are endless.  


ready to mix and freeze

Thinking of freezing things, I once left a can of Coke in the freezer and yes, promptly forgot about it.  Only to open the freezer a few hours later, to find stalagmites and stalactites of Coke all over the place.  Oh the joy of cleaning that lot up!


Original recipe by Sherry's Pickings:

Serves 6-8:

Soak the fruit in the rum a few hours before you make the ice cream!

ingredients:

80g./2.8oz sultanas or raisins (chop the raisins)

80g./2.8oz glacé cherries, roughly chopped

5-6 tbs spiced (or plain) rum, or liqueur of your choice - enough to cover the fruit completely

100g./3.5oz dark chocolate - I used Lindt 70%

400 mL/13.5fl oz thickened cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coffee powder (optional)

2 tbs spiced rum (or plain rum), extra

60g/2.2oz icing sugar/powdered sugar

200g./7oz tube of condensed milk

90g./3.2oz toasted cashews, chopped

a big handful of choc chips


Method:

Line a loaf tin with clingfilm or freezer film, making sure there is plenty of overhang so you can cover the ice cream completely

Melt the chocolate - I do it in the microwave:-)

Let it cool slightly while you whip the cream, vanilla, coffee powder, rum and icing sugar to soft peaks

Now add the condensed milk and the melted chocolate into the mix, and beat again till you have a delightfully whipped mixture - don't whip it too hard, just nice soft peaks

Stir the cashews, fruit and chocolate chips thru the ice cream

Then spoon the mixture into your lined loaf tin, cover it over, and put in the freezer for at least six hours or overnight


Notes:

Soak the sultanas and cherries in the rum at least 2-3 hours before making the ice cream, or even the night before

Buy roasted cashews and save yourself a step; otherwise throw them into a small, dry frypan and toast till golden, leaving fragrantly nutty smells wafting through your kitchen


gather your ingredients


whip the cream and sugar etc till you have soft peaks


add the condensed milk and melted chocolate


stir in the nuts, sultanas and choc chips

tip/spoon the mixture into your lined loaf tin


cover the ice cream and off to the freezer for 6 hours or so

and eat...


artwork © Sherry's Pickings

40 comments:

  1. What a treat! That certainly looks better than anything I could purchase. Mmmm.....

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    1. i think you're right tina. better than shop-bought:)

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  2. I've put cans of fizzy stuff in the freezer but have been lucky in that the cans have never burst. But I'm not going to push my luck and try it again. :-) Anyway, this looks delightful -- wonderful seasonal ice cream. Thanks!

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    1. you are lucky KR. when it explodes, it's amazing. and damn hard to clean off! thanks re ice cream.

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  3. Reading through the ingredients, I know this is going to taste amazing! Creamy, rich, fruity and chocolatey...that's a fun party in the mouth!

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    1. hi angie
      it is pretty tasty. all of those things you mention indeed. cheers!

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  4. This looks like a delicious dessert.
    TheHub is notorious for sticking a drink in the freezer and forgetting about it, until I find it the next morning. It does not make me very happy.

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    1. yes it was interesting. it was like a snowy cave in our freezer:-)

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  5. Wow! I bet this is fabulous! I like what you did with the fruit. I don’t think I’d even need the chocolate chips! Merry Christmas!

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    1. thanks mimi. it's pretty delish! merry Xmas to you.

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  6. Grey combination of flavors — though quite unusual! And I love the no-churn version! So easy and quick!

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  7. Looks absolutely delicious. Wow.
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. I find that condensed milk ice cream is every bit as tasty as the custard one! This looks fantastic Sherry.

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    1. yes it makes a wonderfully creamy ice cream. thanks!

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  9. Sweet condensed milk in a tube, how cool is that. We have tomato puree, mayo and such in tubes just not sweet condensed milk. It's a bit too chilly up this way for ice cream just now, but I'm pinning this one for next summer. Sherry, you guys have a safe and wonderful holiday season...

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    1. yes it's very handy having it in a tube. but mayo in a tube? wow. happy festive season Ron!

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  10. Like Ron noted, I was intrigued by seeing the sweetened condensed milk in a tube. I assume that means you can store it easier? In the can, you have to use it all or transfer it to another container. I've seen chopped herbs in tubes here, but I'm not a huge fan - they don't have the same look as chopping the fresh herbs yourself. Fine for cooking, but not for garnishing I guess. Either way, I've always loved ice cream with things mixed in - so this dessert is totally calling my name!

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    1. hi david
      that's interesting about the tubes. it's great cos you can squeeze out a bit and keep the rest. very handy. keep well. see you next year.

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  11. Wow this ice cream is loaded with fun! so festive. For some reason it reminds me of fruit cake but in an ice cream form. I love it

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  12. I did try this and this nutty and sweet flavor was so addictive! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. that's great Dennis. glad you liked it! take care and merry christmas!
      cheers
      sherry

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  13. I love this combo of flavours, Sherry, it's so Christmasy - almost like an ice cream version of a chocolate fruit cake. Yum! Thanks for sharing and merry Christmas!

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    1. thanks katerina. it is kinda Christmassy. cheers S

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  14. Now that is a "loaded" ice cream. WOW! Looks delicious! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season!

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    1. thank you MJ. hope you had a fabulous festive season too.

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  15. This looks and sounds amazing. Since I don't make fruit cake this will be a great option. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe.

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    1. thanks balvinder. hope you tried it and liked it. cheers!

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  16. I like rum raisin ice cream and this one tops that by a mile.

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  17. Recipe looks very tempting, and interesting! Ice cream is surely a great pleaser with my kids than the fruits and nuts cake! I make a lot of ice cream for my kids, and this is is a surely an healthy recipe to make, thanks for sharing it Sherry!

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    1. hi aarthi. ice cream is always a treat, but maybe not the rum for kids... tee hee.

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  18. oh wow, this flavor combination! it gives me fruit cake vibes with a bit of chocolate, which sounds delicious.

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