Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Cookies 'n' Cream No Churn Ice Cream - gluten free


This is a really quick and easy ice cream to make..... it only has a couple of stages to go through before it hits the freezer! It can be made with usual 'Oreo' biscuits, but this version has been made with the gluten free equivalent.

Cookies and Cream ice cream was always a definite favourite in our house before we went gluten free, but these days we can't buy it ready made, and trying to find good biscuits to throw into the mix has been a bit trial and error......


I have managed to find three gluten free 'Oreo' alternatives on the market, each of which is a bit different from the next. It is great to see that we gluten-avoiders are beginning to get some greater choice on the biscuit front, and like the original Oreo, these three are all embossed, round chocolate biscuits, sandwiched together with a layer of vanilla cream. They are all pretty good as biscuits, but for me, only one comes anywhere near close to the real thing.


The three options come from three major players in the gluten free bakes market - DS Gluten Free, Udis and Lovemore. I love the round, diddy packaging of the DS Mini O's, which is really handy to throw in the bag as a quick 'go to' when out and about. They taste good, but as an 'Oreo' alternative, I found them to be too pale and too sweet to make a good comparison.


Next up, there are Udis Chocolate Flavoured Sandwich Cookies. These are slightly darker (although not dark enough) and much closer in flavour, but they are still a little too sweet, a bit 'gritty' and leave a slightly bitter after-taste.

Last and definitely my firm favourite are the Lovemore O'Choco biscuits from the Welsh Hills Bakery which are available in Waitrose. Like Oreo's they have a deep dark chocolate biscuit which is not overly sugary and off-sets the sweet, vanilla cream filling nicely. Perfect for using in Cookies and Cream ice cream.


And what of the ice cream? Despite its very simple process and minimal ingredients, it is amazingly creamy, with a rich, sweet, decadent vanilla base, shot through with crunchy cocoa biscuit pieces. Delicious!


I am sharing my ice cream with this week's Cook Blog Share with Lucy over at Supergolden Bakes. Lucy was an absolute star this week in helping me get my head round how to get on Twitter........ yep.... I've finally done it....... Thanks Lucy! If you fancy joining me, I'm at @GFAlchemist1.



Cookies 'n' Cream No Churn Ice Cream (makes just over 1 litre)

Ingredients

500 ml double cream
1 tin (397g) condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
10 gluten free 'oreo'-style biscuits

Method

  1. Cut the biscuits into 1cm pieces.
  2. In a large, cold bowl, whisk the cream, condensed milk and vanilla together until thick enough to form soft peaks.
  3. Gently fold in the biscuits until evenly distributed.
  4. Spoon into a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze over night.
  5. That's it!!!
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16 comments:

  1. Oreos really seem to have taken over the world when it comes to chocolate biscuits. However I am not sure that the same can be said of any gf chocolate biscuits - they tend to be less global - but I will try and have a look at what we have here as I am now curious if we have these brands. Glad you have found a cookies and cream ice cream that is of the standard of which you are accustomed

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    1. I know what you mean Johanna, but I was not surprised that GF companies are now homing in on this one as they are so big in the non-GF world. Australia seems to be pretty good for GF goods, so I would be surprised if you didn't have something reasonable. DS is also known as Dr Shar in some parts of the world.

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  2. I've been on the hunt for a glutenfree alternative to Oreos to go in our Gluten Free Brownies! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!!

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    1. You're welcome Ryan. I hope they work as well in brownies as they do in ice cream!

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  3. Last time I made ice cream it was so long ago I can't even remember. My parents bought one of those huge bulky ice cream makers in the 80s and I remember using that a lot especially during the summer months. The natural taste of homemade ice cream is so much better than industrial one.
    So I am intrigued by your delicious recipe here: this ice cream looks so creamy and I love the idea of using Oreo biscuits. I think I should start making ice cream again. Really really nice recipe x

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    1. Thanks Alida. You definitely should. This is such a simple recipe and the options for flavouring are endless.

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  4. I never knew there were so many gluten free oreo style cookies on the market. The ones you used certianly look authentic. I wonder fi they will bring out flavoured ones too. I used to love peanut butter oreos.
    The ice cream looks amazing and I love how simple it is. Will keep this one in mind

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    1. I know Katie. They have suddenly started appearing in the last 6 months or so.... I fear we may have to wait many years for peanut butter ones though!
      This has to be the speediest ice cream recipe on the planet. Definitely one to keep up your sleeve!

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  5. This looks fabulous! It would be so good by itself or with a GF chocolate cake. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Carol. It would absolutely be good with a slice of GF chocolate Cake... I think the contrast of creamy vanilla, and spongy and crunchy chocolate would be an amazing combination. Now you mention it, I have a couple of left over slices in the kitchen.... I may just have some for breakfast tomorrow (or is that too naughty?) I hope you too have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2015!

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  6. I think ice cream is a forgotten dessert at christmas, yet it often the one that tastes the best after all that heavy food. Yours looks great

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

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    1. Thanks CC. I agree. I love Ice Cream at Christmas. You have a wonderful Christmas and New Year too! Thanks for supporting GFA this year!

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  7. Happy New Year - hope you recovered from all the chocolate! This ice cream looks divine. Pinned for a later date when I am not on a health kick! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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    1. You're welcome Lucy. Not only is it divine, but it is so quick to make! Happy New Year to you too..... Chocolate is always welcome in our house...... we recover very quickly!

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  8. This looks AMAZING!! I definitely have to try it. Will be making a modified version of it this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Zay and sorry for the delay in reply..... the in-box got a bit confused! Hope it went well x

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