There is nothing quite like delicious ice cream to finish off a meal. But if you want to make ice cream at home you often need an ice cream maker.
That is why we love the recipe for vanilla, pistachio and chocolate brownie ice cream that you can make quickly and easily, without the need for an ice cream maker. You will probably have most (or even all) the ingredients in your fridge and larder and it is so simple that it is a great recipe for cooking with the kids.
It is truly delicious and you can experiment with flavors to suit you personal taste.
Recently we had the great opportunity to go to the formal launch of the Blog Awards Ireland 2013 thanks to the invitation from Amanda, Beatrice and Lorna who are the event organisers. As I had no baby sitting cover, the three girls joined me and of course they were all asked about if they blog – to which the answer is yes (if sporadically) and they podcast too.
They had a great time sampling all the food provided by one of the sponsors of the Blog Awards Ireland 2013, Glenisk, who hosted the event in their pop-up store in Dublin. The food and hospitality Glenisk provided was great. But what was even more fun was to meet fellow bloggers and especially three Irish based French food bloggers French Foodie in Dublin whose articles I had already come across and her friends Creme de Citron and Jacobs Crackers.
At the end of the evening, the Glenisk team gave us some lovely samples to take home. We always have Glenisk organic yogurts and creme fraiche in the fridge so this was a lovely surprise.
As an aside, if you want to learn more about the top 100 grocery brands in Ireland, you can listen to this podcast that I recorded earlier this week in which I reference the growth of the premium yogurt sector in 2013.
So with so much delicious yogurt, I thought we would try the recipe for the vanilla, pistachio and chocolate brownie ice cream. I adapted the recipe from one that I saw referenced on Pinterest by UK food blogger Top With Cinnamon.
To make the chocolate brownies you use olive oil.
And we also added a table spoon of Glenisk organic natural yogurt.
You don’t need a mixer to create the batter which fits into about a third of the bottom of a lined baking tray and only takes about 10 minutes to bake. If you are cooking with young children they will need help at this stage.
Once the chocolate brownie is made, you need to cut or break it into small chunks.
Close supervision of the children is needed at this stage or you may find there is no chocolate brownie left as they have eaten it all!
I purchased a super little gadget from Ikea Dublin this Summer that cost me all of €7.50 – it is a manual chopper. As long as you add the ingredients to the container the kids can safely chop the pistachios. It is much easier than trying to chop the pistachios by hand.
You could of course substitute the chocolate brownies and pistachio’s for other ingredients.
You mix the ingredients for the ice cream together – sweetened condensed milk and double (heavy) cream are the main ingredients. At this stage we added vanilla extract.
The girls want to try adding cocoa the next time to make chocolate ice cream.
We placed the ice cream mixture into a loaf tin.
I think the next time we may put the ice cream mixture into small muffin tins to make individual portions. When you leave the ice cream over night in the freezer it is very very hard so you have to wait a few minutes before you can serve it.
After several hours in the freezer, you have delicious home made ice cream without having to invest in an ice cream maker.
One of the girls entered the Blog Awards Ireland quiz and thanks to help from French Foodie in Dublin, Creme de Citron, Jacobs Crackers and some very generous hearted fellow competitors, she won a Mighty Boom Ball speaker.
Having tested many items in our house for what creates a great sound, we have come to the conclusion that clean and empty recycled Glenisk yogurt pots (especially the kids yogurt pot seen in the photo below) creates a great speaker!
By the way, the recipe cards you can see in the photo feature some of the recipes of the prepared dishes that were available to purchase from their Summer pop up shop. You can find the recipes on their website here.
If you would like to make the vanilla, pistachio and chocolate brownie ice cream, you will find the recipe below.
Note: all photographs were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smart camera with a 10x optical zoom that I am testing – read about my experience of using this camera here.
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