• Vanilla Ice Cream

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    When purchasing an ice cream machine, making vanilla ice cream is the first thing you ought to do, for it is the epitome of homemade ice cream, the one that will prove to you that you are in the beginning of a beautiful journey. Do not waste your time making something fancy, you need simplicity to build confidence. And do not choose a quick just-mix-and-churn ice cream recipe, you bough this ice cream machine to treat yourself to something special. Just-mix-and-churn recipes always fall into the mediocre side. When making ice cream at home, custard-based ice creams are the way to go – the word custard implies the presence of…

  • Lemon Curd Ice Cream

    Lemon Curd Ice Cream

    This is not an ice cream WITH lemon curd, like most “Lemon Curd Ice Cream” recipes you will encounter on the web. Those are actually heavy cream mixed with lemon curd. For the obsessed Lemon Curd lovers, chances are that you are looking for an ice cream which actually IS Lemon Curd. That’s it, a perfectly balanced ice cream, which fluffs up when churned, does not fill with ice crystals in the freezer and is easily scooped. It is a zesty ice cream, bursting with lemon flavour, enriched with egg yolks and mellowed with the addition of butter. Lemon Curd Ice Cream You do not have to worry about eating…

  • strawberries ice cream recipe

    Strawberry Ice Cream recipe

    The stars of this ice cream are actually Strawberries and Cream, it is more of a Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream, and it is as good as it gets. Making homemade ice cream with fruit is quite challenging in general, as the fruit may vary in ripeness and taste, greatly affecting the final outcome of the ice cream’s taste and texture. For this reason, you ought to choose in-season, locally grown and well-ripened strawberries. They should have a sweet taste when eaten plain and a deep red colour when bitten through. If your strawberries are packed with flavour, so will your ice cream. As for the seeds, you may want…

  • Rum Raisins Ice Cream

    Rum and Raisins Ice Cream

    Raisins in desserts is definitely a love it or hate it affair. The hate it affair begins while we are toddlers, when we start panicking at the sight of these blackish things in our food. Growing up we are advised against doing so, but it may take decades to force ourselves to come to like them. Or simply, we never do. For the haters, the reason is that raisins in edible goods are often a distraction. If a biscuit is crunchy, a raisin will be the reason your jaws will stop happily munching on the crunchiness and slowly start chewing the sticky raisins. If a cake is tender, they will…

  • Dark Muscovado Ice Cream recipe

    The recipe for this Dark Muscovado Ice Cream is as simple as the simplest custard-based ice cream recipe. One only has to replace regular white sugar with dark muscovado sugar in a vanilla custard-based ice cream recipe and the result is an ice cream everyone will rave about. For those not accustomed to dark muscovado sugar, it is a sugar with character. It is dark brown in colour and has a wet-sand texture. It’s fudgy and gooey. It has a characteristic taste of its own, which is like the darkest caramel with earthy molasses tones. Even though dark muscovado sugar looks very much like dark brown sugar, they are very…

  • orange ice cream

    Orange Ice-Cream recipe

    You have these fresh oranges, so bright and flavourful, you feel your mouth drooling just by looking at them. When you juice them, their juice is sweet and sour, aromatic and refreshing. When you grate their peel, the zest sings and the aroma carries your imagination away to green fields with blossoming orange trees and blue skies. You want to capture their essence and share it with others. You think of the orange ice cream you once bought and you set off to reproduce this flavour. You choose a recipe and proceed. When the perfectly cloudy stuff is churned, you take a spoonful and bring it to your mouth. Hmmm……

  • dondurma ice cream recipe

    Dondurma Ice Cream (aka Kaimaki Ice Cream)

    Dondurma ice cream, flavoured with mastiha, originates from Turkey and is also extremely popular in Greece, where it is known as Kaimaki ice cream. It is a thick, soft, creamy and stretchy ice cream, which refuses to melt, so is perfect to eat on a very hot day. But it is also the ice cream to enjoy on a cold winter day as it has a warm mouth-feel. The secret to this texture lies in salep (aka salab or sahleb), an ingredient sold in powder form. Salep is made from wild orchid tubers cultivated in certain areas of Turkey and makes a natural thickener for ice cream; it gives it…

  • tahini ice cream

    Tahini Ice Cream recipe

    He is sitting next to me in a quiet, empty restaurant, talking with his thick voice and a strong rural accent. He is in his late 50s, looking a decade older than he actually is, tall and thin, always sitting straight, always looking you in the eyes. I have just asked him what the sesame plant looks like and all of a sudden the story of its cultivation begins unfolding in front of my eyes. I can picture him, a 10-year-old boy in the early 70s, sowing the sesame seeds in the vast, sunny fields of northern Greece. The sesame plant is a short bush he says, which loves well-drained,…