ICE CREAM! Specifically homemade roasted cherry-chocolate ice cream. Making ice cream is a bit of a mission, but as long as it’s not time critical it’s straightforward enough. This particular mission started on Friday evening stoning 500g cherries, and roasting them in a hot oven while family Zoom quiz night was on. The bowl from the ice cream machine went in the freezer to um, well – freeze.
Saturday morning I heated up the cream and stirred in chocolate until it melted – then into the fridge it went once cool. Then the fun began!
Saturday afternoon – get the now frozen bowl out of the freezer, and try and pour liquid cream/ chocolate mix into it while the paddles turn, without pouring it all over the kitchen. Watch the paddles slowly turn. Carry on watching the paddles turn and churn. And a bit more. Add some chopped up roasted cherries. And continue to watch the paddles turn. To be fair it did thicken up a bit, and maybe I am impatient. Or maybe my cheapo ice cream machine is just a bit rubbish! In the end I gave up and poured it into a plastic box (an old ice cream container as it happened). Unfortunately it wasn’t ready in time to eat it on Saturday evening.
But – the best things happen to those who wait. And tonight (Sunday) we had delicious chocolate cherry ice cream, with added cherry compote and an almond biscuit. I have to admit I did not make the biscuit – it was from M&S, and was yummy.
I used this recipe from Barefeet in the Kitchen, which was easy to follow and worked very well. The only thing I did differently was to reduce the amount of almond extract, as I thought 2 tablespoons was possibly a typo, so used 2 teaspoons which was fine.
It was really delicious. Proper ice cream takes a bit of time, but is well worth it.
Because this blog is also about running now is the time to tell you all about the next running challenge! Starting tomorrow I will be running every day for 7 days, taking part in The Longest Week 7in7 challenge with Phoenix Running. The idea is to run everyday – for as long/far as you feel like (min. 1 mile). This will be a challenge for me as I have never run for more than two consecutive days, and rarely even that! My plan is to run 7km every day from Monday to Sunday. It’s going to take a bit of planning because I’m at work every week day, and have various other commitments too. However as you may have realised by now there’s nothing I like better than a challenge! It’s gotta be done!
I will try and post an update on each day’s run but I’m not making any promises!