Candy cane and ice cream cake
I love Christmas lights.
They bring back a tiny sliver of childish excitement each time I pass a house that has them twinkling in the pre-Christmas rush. It reminds me of when my son was little and we’d drive for miles looking for the houses with the best lights. When he was very young, we’d have dinner and I’d dress him in his Jarmies and a light jacket and off we’d go. It’s light till quite late pre- Christmas in Australia, so he would almost always be very sleepy by the time we headed home.It was gorgeous to see his little face looking up at those lights in absolute delight.
ice cream cake without an ice cream machine
Summer and Christmas in Australia means that we need to eat things that are easy and cool. They need to not only impress all the Christmas visitors we have around this time of year but can also be made a head. I don’t have an ice cream machine, so I have had to work out ways to make lovely ice cream desserts with out one. This dessert is as simple as it gets. The ice cream has 3 ingredients and is made in a matter of minutes. You are going to love it.
Chocolate and vanilla cake
Tonight I drove Skater to the station, he was on his way to a Christmas party. As we drove down our dark street illuminated only by the flashing lights up and down the street and the new moon and we both agreed we just love them.
How to make Ice cream Cake without an ice cream machine
My Kitchen Stories: Tania Cusack
- Oven 170
- 1 cup Self raising flour (or gluten free flour)
- 4 Tablespoons cocoa ( dark Dutch cocoa)
- ? cup of caster sugar
- 150 gm melted butter ( 5.4oz)
- 100 gm biscuits ( Marie, granita, or any sweet plain biscuit will do(3.5oz)-or rice cookies
- 1 tin of condensed milk (300 ml – 10 fl oz)
- 600 ml (thickened or pure) cream ( 20oz)
- ½ vanilla bean
- 150 ml cream (5oz)
- 100 gm dark chocolate (70% is perfect)(3.5oz)
- For the base, put the all the dry ingredients into a food processor and combine till fine. Add the melted butter.
- Press this into the base of the cake tin. For a thinner base don’t use all of the base. Bake this for 15 minutes or until it looks a little bit puffy.Cool in the fridge.
- To make the ice cream, put the condensed milk, vanilla and cream into the bowl of a mixer and beat till thick and fluffy. The mixture will hold peaks.
- Pour the cream into the cake tin and freeze over night or until you are ready.
- To glaze, heat the cream till hot, cool a little then add the well chopped chocolate and stir till dissolved.
- Run a knife around the cake and de-mould. Pour the chocolate glaze over the ice cream cake and spread with a smooth pallet knife. Let it set a little before quickly decorating. You can refreeze the cake with the glaze if you prefer.
- Decorate with strawberries, raspberries or chocolate lollies what ever you like
Finishing off the top
- Christmas Ice cream Cake
Why not try these party recipes as well:
Little Party Lamingtons with Raspberry Dipping Sauce
Strawberry Meringues with Vanilla Semi freddo
Fruit Mince Crumble Slice
These are cute aren’t they?
We never really had any Christmas traditions in our house growing up. Mum and Dad both worked and Christmas usually involved a fruit salad and ice cream or Pavlova cobbled together after a late night on Christmas eve. My mother hated cooking and by the time she filled 4 Santa stockings for my sisters and I and tucked herself into bed on Christmas eve at 2 am, the last thing she wanted to do was bake.
Snow men brownies
My Aunty was the only one who ever baked. The usual suspects, caramel slices, tiny fruit mince tarts and Christmas cake, every year. She brought these to our house wrapped in red or green cellophane on a Christmas plate along with Christmas decorations for the table. Without her there would have been no tradition.
Brownies for christmas
I am still not good at tradition either. I like to bake whatever takes my fancy. I made these because Skater, my son, loves brownies. He hates Christmas baking. Lots of people dont like fruit mince tarts, although I just can’t imagine why not and I can’t promise not to make them before Christmas.
Melted Snowman Brownies
My Kitchen Stories: Tania Cusack
- 175gm (6.2oz) chopped unsalted butter
- 175 gm (6.2 oz)chopped dark chocolate ( I use anything over 63%)
- 1¼ cups of caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup almond flour or meal
- ½ cup dark dutch cocoa
- 50gm (1.8oz) white marshmallows
- 1Tablespoon cream
- Orange icing or lollies for decorating
- soft liquorice
- extra marshmallows (6-8)
- Put the butter and chocolate into a bowl and melt in a micro wave or double boiler till soft. stir to melt
- Beat sugar and eggs till light and fluffy and white. Add the cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs with the almond and cocoa and mix well to combine. Spoon the mixture into the papers or muffin tins. bake 15-20 minutes or till just firm to touch.
- Put the marshmallows into a jug or bowl with the cream. Blitz for 30 seconds in a micro wave and then stir to combine. Cool slightly. Spoon about ½ teaspoon onto each brownie. Cool
- Meanwhile make tiny balls for the eyes, some little carrot shaped orange noses and hats by shaping soft liquorice. Rest each piece of liquorice hat on a half a marshmallow. Let these dry out before storing in an airtight container till needed. They will last for about 4-5 days . Keep in the fridge till you need them. then bring to room temperature
Frosty the snowmen