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!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Cherry-Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream (no churn)


One of the highlights of our summer is cherries! We can't get enough of them.

Kent is not called the Garden of England for nothing and at this time of year it is at its best with a seemingly perpetual supply of fresh local fruit and veg to be found. Little stalls selling anything from strawberries and potatoes to apples, pears, plums and carrots start appearing at the roadsides, brought fresh from the fields for our enjoyment. But our favourites are definitely the cherries..... and for those we visit the local orchards and buy them fresh from the trees in paper bags...... ready to gorge on, cook with, freeze or preserve for the months ahead. My very favourite orchard is Terry's orchard which is the quaintest and most adorable place to visit..... Tall tall cherry-picking ladders which seem to reach for the sky, and the fattest juiciest cherries in town.


Every year, I make a few jars of candied cherries using this recipe which originated from David Lebovitz. They bring a little of the flavour of summer to dishes when the weather chills and taste amazing swirled into greek yoghurt. They are also perfect in ice cream!

I have also recently been trying to play with various brownie recipes and adding different fruits or sugars or nuts...... consequently we have had brownies coming out of our ears and everyone is feeling a little 'brownied-out'.


With one of our freezers having been out of action for a couple of months, we are also limited by how much we can store, so trying to find quick ways to 'get rid of' the excess is becoming a bit of a sport. Some gets eaten straight away of course and some gets given away, but it is also an opportunity to get extra creative and to find new ways to eat the excess......

And so my Cherry-Chocolate Brownie (no churn) Ice Cream came to be..... and boy, did it go down well in the recent heat-wave.


Beautifully creamy, perfectly pink and dotted with sweet red cherries and chewy bites of brownie. Miss GF was particularly taken by it....... appearing with gluten free cones and those pleading 'puppy dog' eyes asking 'I know I had some after lunch, but can I have some more now?' How could I refuse?  I had to agree, it was very very moreish......

You could use any left over brownie for this ice cream, but I used some which was well-laden with nuts and that gave the ice cream extra crunch and interest.

When it comes to photos though....... perhaps the hottest day of the year is not the best time for ice cream pics.....


I am sharing this yummy ice cream with the following linkies :


#TheFoodCalendar with Charlotte's Lively Kitchen - celebrating National Cherry Day

The No Waste Food Challenge with Utterly Scrummy on behalf of Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary.





Simple & in Season with Feeding Boys.


Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse.




Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum


Cook Blog Share with Snap Happy Bakes




We Should Cocoa with Tin and Thyme


Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too


Cherry-Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream (no churn) - makes 1½ to 2 litres

Ingredients

300g candied cherries (from this recipe)
1 tin (397g) sweetened condensed milk
500 ml double cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 to 4 squares of chocolate brownie - cut into small cubes

Method

  1. Mix the condensed milk with the candied cherries in a bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
  2. Whisk the cream and vanilla extract until it holds its shape in soft peaks. 
  3. When the cherry mixture is chilled, add a spoonful of the whipped cream and stir through to loosen it slightly.
  4. Fold through the remaining cream lightly and quickly to maintain as much air as possible.
  5. Place the bowl of ice cream batter in the freezer to begin to freeze. Keep an eye as you don't want it to get too hard, but after a couple of hours (approx) when the mixture has begun to thicken, remove from the freezer and quickly fold through the brownie pieces. 
  6. Transfer the ice cream to airtight containers and return to the freezer until fully firmed and frozen.
Gluten Free Alchemist © 2013-16 unless otherwise indicated

30 comments:

  1. Possibly my favourite recipe yet :)

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  2. What a delicious looking ice cream Kate, I love the idea of adding cherries and brownies. How lucky to live near those gorgeous cherry orchards and go cherry picking.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Every year I appreciate my luck with so many orchards nearby. It is a highlight of our year!

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  3. Taking ice cream photos is indeed challenging in hot weather - but the ice cream looks and sound superb - chocolate and cherries is such a great combination - esp when you have picked the cherries yourself - I wish we knew our local orchards to visit in summer!

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    1. Thanks Johanna. Chocolate and cherries are such a good match (even in melted ice cream form). The orchards are great..... but I am always envious of your lemons and apricots!

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  4. Yasss this ice cream looks so gorgeous and that flavor combination is GENIUS!

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    1. Awww.... Thanks Anne! What a lovely comment! x

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  5. ooh, these look delicious! #freefromfridays

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  6. I just love the sound of Terry's Orchard! Faversham might be a bit far for a day trip but it might be worth it! The ice cream sounds lovely. Great flavours. #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thanks Mandy. Terry's Orchard is quite a gem......

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  7. Chocolate brownie and cherries in an icecream just sounds like heaven to me. And although the hot weather doesn't lend itself to long photo sessions with icecream your images look amazing and very inviting with the icecream melting like that. #CookBlogShare
    Angela x

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    1. Thanks Angela. You wouldn't believe the panic to get a few photos before the ice-cream became a puddle..... Fortunately Miss GF was on hand to hold a cone for me! x

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  8. Oh my goodness! This looks too amazing...I can't bare looking at it. I wish I could eat dairy. And sugar!!!

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    1. Oh Vicki...... I do feel for you. But I am sure your diet is much healthier than mine x

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  9. Ooh what wonderful ice cream Kate. Chocolate and cherries are just sooooo delicious. I tried photographing iced tea on one of those really hot days and the ice cubes melted almost as soon as I took them out of the freezer - hey ho!

    Thanks for sharing this with #WeShouldCocoa. I've included it because it's just so fabulous but strictly speaking, it's only one entry per month.

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    1. Oops! Thanks Choclette. I will tell myself off and make sure I don't do it again! Thanks for including it anyway. Much appreciated x

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  10. Oh wow this ice cream sounds devine! I'd have died for one of these last week in the heat :-) Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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  11. Is it really possible to be Brownied out?!!! Anyway I'm LOVING this recipe, it's sooooo tempting!!!! Your photos are just gorgeous too :-) Thanks for entering Simple and in Season - you get a gold star for all of your entries this month!!!! xxxx

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    1. Ha! I thought not until now! But after about 4 batches in 2 weeks, we got a bit desperate!
      But hey.... a gold star is welcome. I always love the summer for fresh, seasonal fruit and veg! x

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  12. Oh wow!!! This ice cream sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  13. That cherry orchard looks gorgeous - I'm going to have to see if I can find somewhere like that near me. So far all I've discovered is a PYO which was pretty much out of fruit by the time I got there! I love the sound of this ice cream - absolutely delicious.

    A little tip for the pictures (although I actually really love how you've made the most of the melting ice cream in them). If you scoop your balls of ice cream put them onto a tray then freeze them again they last a lot longer than if you try and use the straight away.

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    1. Thanks Charlotte. I think we are extra lucky down here for fruit orchards.
      And thanks for your advice on ice cream photography. That's really helpful. I will make sure I re-freeze next time!

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  14. This ice cream sounds divine! And that cherry orchard sounds like my dream place, would love to go there.

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    1. Thanks Kat..... it was. Sadly it has al now been eaten!
      The cherry orchard is just beautiful..... Like stepping back in time...... x

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  15. Gosh this sounds amazing! I love that you get to pick your own cherries too, how amazing is that! Thanks for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge. The new linky is now open. :)

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. You are welcome. We are pretty lucky down here with our cherries!

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