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!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Leftover Christmas Mincemeat Ice Cream (& a Sundae) - No Churn!

Yum yum yum! If you like mincemeat, this ice cream is to die for.  It is rich, creamy, grown up and very very decadent. AND it is perfect for using up any mincemeat you might have left over from the recent festivities..... Let's face it, mince pies are done!

If that's not enough to persuade you to give it second consideration, it is incredibly easy to make and requires no special equipment, other than a basic whisk (oh..... and of course, a freezer!)

I did actually make this ice cream for Christmas, but we had so much other food around (and limited appetites due to seasonal bugs), that we have only just got round to eating it.

From the moment you start to scoop this ice cream, you just know it is going to be amazing. I think it may be because I put extra alcohol into the mix which lowers the freezing temperature, but the scoop sinks in easily, allowing for perfectly soft, luxuriant balls of creaminess, which melt easily on the tongue, letting the abundance of flavour wash over the palate. The texture is perfect!

I made this ice-cream with my home-made no suet Extra Fruity Mincemeat with Pistachio & Calvados, which was just divine even before it went into the mix. But the combination of this with the rich, vanillary cream takes it to another level. Carefully balanced for flavour, texture and intensity (I made a previous batch which was so heavily weighted towards the mincemeat that it was a chore to eat), there is no hiding the fact that this ice-cream is a remnant of the merriment of recent past. The mincemeat is the over-riding (but in no way over-powering) star of the show.

The extra alcohol (I used additional calvados) makes this a very adult ice-cream, which you can legitimately confiscate from the kids and enjoy late into the evening....... savouring every mouthful of silky, fruity, tipple-laced luxury by the warmth of the fire......

Although it doesn't need any addition, I can be a little piggie at times and decided to try it as a bit of a 'left-over sundae'. Oh man..... that was a very wise decision. What was already a great ice cream became a sundae of total delight and distinction......

Broken pieces of melt-in-the-mouth gingerbread biscuit from my gluten free gingerbread house to add crunch, bite and gingery warmth....... A mingling of candied cherries, picked from the orchard in the summer and preserved for a moment like this........ red, fruity, sweet, slightly chewy deliciousness...... And a sprinkle of chopped walnuts for extra crunchy, nutty good measure.....

In fact, this sundae is full of stuff that needs to be used up.... mincemeat, gingerbread and candied cherries...... Which makes it a great entry for the No Waste Food Challenge, with Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.

I am also offering it to Cook, Blog, Share with Lucy at Supergolden Bakes.

And Recipe of the Week with Emily at A Mummy Too.

Christmas Mincemeat Ice Cream (makes just over 1 litre)


600 ml double cream
1 tin (397g) condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
380g mincemeat (I used home made)
60 ml Calvados (or preferred spirit)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the mincemeat with the extra alcohol.
  2. Then mix the mincemeat with the condensed milk and place in the fridge to chill.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the cream and vanilla paste until thick enough to form soft peaks. 
  4. Gently fold in the condensed milk-mincemeat mixture until evenly combined.
  5. Transfer to a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze overnight.
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  1. Brilliant idea! Love it! Shame that it is condensed milk and double cream although I might have a go with soya cream and my dairy-free condensed milk! Will let you know how that goes!!

    1. Thanks Vicki. I reckon it would be pretty good with coconut cream? Definitely worth a try! Let me know x

  2. Mmmm...drooling over this! It looks so creamy and delicious and I love your photos! I do love mincemeat. Have a nice weekend!

  3. Is the condensed milk you use sweetened condensed milk or the thinner unsweetened variety? This looks delicious. I love frozen raisins in things, they add such a nice chew, almost like toffee!

    1. It is the sweetened thick 'Carnation Cook With Condensed Milk' that I use, but the ice cream is not over-sweet, because the condensed milk is all the sugar you add (other than additional swirl-ins) and it is well balanced with the double cream. The base condensed milk recipe has become my no-churn ice cream 'go-to' because it is so simple and so creamy!

  4. That looks great - I bet in ice cream form it's less sweet (often my problem with mincemeat)

    1. Thanks CC. It is definitely less sweet and the cream adds a completely different dimension for sure.

  5. Great way to use up traditional christmas leftovers and something different for Jan when no one is expecting ice cream!

    1. Definitely a great way to use up the mincemeat and strangely quite a 'warming' ice-cream (must be the alcohol!!)

  6. your ice cream looks amazing - I made ice cream yesterday and it is ok but I wasn't 100% happy with it - perhaps I need to turn it into a sundae like yours - that looks so delicious

    1. Thanks. Sundaes are always a great way to make ice cream better!

  7. Yum! I do happen to have a jar of mincemeat in the cupboard that never got opened at Christmas.... will have to give this a go! Love it! Thanks for sharing with the no waste food challenge :)

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. It's such an amazing ice cream. Let me know how you like it!


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