Sunday, 4 March 2018

Apricot Ice cream

This week the weather has been awful and it foiled all my plans to go outdoors. So on my day off I decided to have a clear out of my pantry. You will be surprised to know that there were so many ingredients that were out of date and just needed throwing out, I felt really guilty as my mother never used to waste any food and she always brought us up to be frugal. She hated to waste money and always came up with innovative ideas to recreate dishes from left over produce.I have always tried to follow my mums teachings so when I did find a couple of items that were just within date and needed to be used up I put my thinking cap on.One such item was an organic jar of Biona Apricot and apple puree. This stuff is not cheap so I definitely did not want to waste it. I was thinking what to make with it ? My first thoughts were pancakes or adding it to smoothies, but my family were not too keen on either idea and so the jar sat on the kitchen counter for a few hours looking rather sad.

Finally whilst I was clearing out the fridge, I saw a can of condensed milk and some double cream so I decided to make ice cream. Obviously it was a silly idea according to my family, as it was minus temperatures out side. Never the less I did make the ice cream as it would keep in the freezer for another day so that is how this  ice cream came about. I have never had apricot ice cream before so I was hoping that my efforts would not go to waste. Trust me they didn't as the ice cream was delicious. So I think it would be rather appropriate to dedicate this post to my mum for Mothers day which is this Sunday 9th March as she would be proud that I did not waste!!!

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Apricot Icecrean
A really quick and easy ice cream to make using store cupboard ingredients.
  • 1 Jar 350g of Biona Organics apricot and apple puree
  • 1 Can 397 g Condensed milk
  • 1 250 ml Double Cream
  • 6 Dried Apricots finely chopped
  • 4 Dried Apricots finely chopped
1. Whisk the double cream and keep it aside 2. In the Optimum 9400 or any other blender add the apricot puree and the condensed milk an blend together. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the double cream. Fold the two ingredients gently.3. Transfer the mixture to a tupperware container with a lid and place in the freezer for 4 hours.4. After four hours take the semi set ice cream out of the freezer and add it to the Optimum 9400 blender and whisk for 30 seconds 5. Transfer the ice cream back to the tupperware container and fold in the chopped apricots. If you do not like bits in your ice cream, you can add the apricots to the blender and whisk them up instead. Freeze the ice cream overnight.6.To serve take the tub out of the freezer and keep aside for a 2-3 minutes. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the ice cream into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped apricots and dried coconut flakes
Prep time: Cook time: None Total time: Yield: Serves 4

Despite my family thinking I was mad to make ice cream when it was so cold, it did not stop any of them wanting a try when it was ready, and believe me there was none left for a warmer day.

To blend this ice cream, I used my best friend in the kitchen the Optimum 9400 blender by Froothie. I absolutely love it and can't recommend a better machine.

The blender is capable of blending most ingredients including frozen fruit and gives you the correct texture. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

The Optimum 9400 is currently on offer for £339, and you also get a 750 ml mini jug valued at £50.00 absolutely free. Froothie also offer 0% finance on products over £ 299 and only require a 10% deposit. That's not all, the fab people at Froothie are offering you lovely readers FREE DELIVERY too (for a limited time).  Just use this code 1572 FREE AMBASSADOR DELIVERY in the comments box when making your purchase, the delivery charge will then be refunded.

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