Festive Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Festive Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

Here I go again publishing another strawberry recipe for Christmas (last year I did a Strawberry Trifle), but I can’t help myself: it’s strawberry season in Australia and this year they are simply outstanding. They are not only plump, super red and gorgeous, but what is more important the flavour is spectacular. Take a closer look: It must be a summer inspiration but I put in my mind that I had to make an ice cream cake. The dessert is ideal for Christmas because it can be done ahead of time and looks extremely glamorous on the table. Simply take out of the freezer, garnish with lots of beautiful strawberries and pistachios and drizzle with the “redelicious” sauce to serve. Thanks to my sister-in-law Lisi for the recipe! Here is a guitar song  by Brazilian guitar player David Tavares, great music to listen to while you are having your Christmas feast. Retrato en 3×4 – David Tavares Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest.  Ingredients  Whipped Cream Layer: 300ml thickened cream 80g pistachios 80g mini meringues Cake Layer: 250g strawberries, hulled 200g Top n Fill caramel or sweetened condensed milk 150ml thickened cream 400g good-quality, store-bought plain sponge cake, roughly chopped Strawberry Ice-Cream Layer: 900g Good-quality store-bought strawberry ice-cream or preferably home-made* Strawberry Sauce** (to serve): 250g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 80g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scrapped Fresh Strawberries, to garnish Shelled pistachios, to garnish Equipment: 1 x 23cm round baking tray with loose base Notes: *You will need to start this recipe one day ahead, however if opting for home-made ice-cream you will need to start 2 days ahead. **Strawberry...
Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Summer starts oficially today in Australia so I say Happy Summer with Strawberry Ice Cream!  To commemorate the strawberry season I present you the ultimate strawberry ice cream, made with strawberries cooked in sugar and vanilla for an outstanding strawberry flavour. It’s so easy to create great recipes and beautiful food photography when the produce looks like that:   This is the song I am listening right now, by Dorival Caymmi, it’s all I listen to at the moment! His songs are too beautiful, can’t help myself! Canto de Nanã/ Quem Vem Para a Beira do Mar – interpreted by Jussara Silveira Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest.  Ingredients  Ingredients: 500g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped 180g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scrapped 500ml milk 500ml double (heavy) cream 10 egg yolks 2 drops red or pink food colouring (optional) Equipment: Ice Cream Maker  Instructions  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the strawberries, 80g sugar, vanilla pod and seeds. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes or until thick. Remove the vanilla pod and using a stick blender or the food processor process the strawberries until smooth. 2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the milk and cream and just before it starts to boil remove from heat. 3. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar (100g) until thick and pale. Slowly pour in the milk and cream mixture and whisk well to combine. Pour the mixture into a clean saucepan over medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon for about 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken (be careful not to boil the mixture as...
Orange Pudding with Dark Chocolate Crumb

Orange Pudding with Dark Chocolate Crumb

Some ingredients are just made for each other, don’t you think? Eggs and bacon, basil and tomato, chilli and lime, goat’s cheese and beetroot, sugar and cinnamon, vanilla and cream, chocolate and raspberry, chocolate and orange which, by the way, is one of my favourite dessert combinations… What are the other great food pairs you can name? Now it’s official. This is the dish that took the most time for me to develop and test. I think I tried about a dozen recipes and none of them made me totally happy until I got the one! That is why I love the kitchen so much. To me it’s a very special place, almost my personal lab, where I get to try my own experiments and discover new flavours, textures and ingredients. The kitchen is a world where the possibilities and outcomes are endless because there are so many ways to cook one single dish just by combining a few ingredients using different techniques and cooking methods. With that in mind it is possible to re-invent even classic flavour combinations like those I mentioned before. Orange pudding or flan is a Brazilian dish with Portuguese influence. I mentioned before the Brazilians’ love for puddings and flans when I posted the Brazilian-Style Crème Caramel recipe. There are many versions to the orange pudding dish, being the basic one made with milk, eggs, orange juice and sugar. I tried this recipe but found that by mixing orange juice and eggs the mixture ends up slightly curdled. That did not come as a surprise but because I am a geek-cook, I felt I had the obligation to try...
Brazil Nut and Apple Crumble

Brazil Nut and Apple Crumble

It is still cold in the South of Brazil and in Australia, so a crumble recipe brings that comfort that we need this time of the year here in the Southern Hemisfere. Who doesn’t love the smell of crumble baking in the oven, that buttery-cinnamon scent that spreads all over the house and makes everybody’s mouths water? I am currently in Brazil in my mother-in-law’s house and when I was baking this crumble earlier today, the house is full of family members and they were all very happy to hear that this is what they were going to eat. It is one of our family’s favourite! One of my sisters-in-law is a great cook and regularly tries  something new in the kitchen, so to my delight I am always learning new recipes and techniques with her. This  Brazil Nut and Apple Crumble is one of the hundreds of recipes she shared with me over the years. The recipe is a treasure that has been passed from generation to generation of my husband’s family who are German and Russian descendants. Coming from the Volga’s river region in Russia, the first family members who are called Russian-Germans  settle down in the XIX century in the South of Brazil where they set up three different colonies. With that they left their stamp in the area which includes delicious recipes. It has been a tradition of my husband’s family to always have some kind of apple pie when they make big family reunions. This recipe given to my sister-in-law by her Auntie was originally made with walnuts. My sister-in-law once used Brazil nuts...