I scream you scream we all scream for…

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.

Roasted cherry chocolate ice cream

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!

Stoning cherries is very messy work!
Almond is a flavour that enhances both the taste of cherries and chocolate.

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.

Ready to go in the frozen ice cream bowl of the machine
Watch that paddle go round and round… and keep watching …

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!

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