Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Thrifty Ice-Cream

Inspired by good intentions, good comments & mouthwatering reminders...I've finally made...


Rosewater, Honey & Pistachio Ice-Cream, the thrifty way of course!

I spotted a tub of 'posh' ready made custard looking forlorn in the supermarket. It had one day left on the shelf & had been majorly reduced in price (50p for the tub).

I stirred in about 2 tablespoons of runny honey, 2 caps of rose water & a small handful of pistachios.

I wasn't following a recipe, so I had to taste, test it at very regular intervals (just to check!!!!). When I had controlled myself, I put it in the freezer for an hour...


...then stirred it...& had a quick taste...

...then froze it for another hour...

...then stirred it...& had a quick taste...

...then froze it for another hour...(you get the idea)

Eventually I got bored & went to bed.

The next day I had ice-cream for breakfast (it needed to be properly assessed?)


It was wonderful!

Each time I see ready made custard reduced for a quick sale, I will be buying it for ice-cream-experimentation-purposes-only you understand! (I might even be 'investing' in an ice-cream scoop at this rate).

Any tips on different flavourings to try out?

17 comments:

marigold jam said...

Sounds great what was left of it! The sky's the limit with regard to flavourings I'd say. What about elderflower cordial and gooseberry or rum and raisin perhaps? Or maybe coffee and walnut, rhubarb and ginger or .......?

Thrifty Household said...

Mmmm...I've been considering elderflower with lemon rind & shredded lemon balm & mint leaves...

marigold jam said...

Ooh that sounds great!

annewheaton said...

Chocolate and chilli? Your elderflower idea sounds good and would make a good sorbet too. My best ice cream is just strawberries, cream and sugar with a little lemon juice - no eggs - and it tastes divine frozen or unfrozen.

Sue said...

Excellent idea to use ready-made custard when it is going cheap.

What about elderflower and gooseberry,
honeycomb (homemade or Crunchie bars), rhubarb crumble, bashed up maltesers, cherry and chocolate, coffee, eton mess ( bashed up meringues and strawberries), preserved ginger....

Rachel said...

Lavender or lemon balm, or lemon verbena (make a syrup, rather than just chopping up bits of herb - it's more control-able!).
Alternatively, beat up a can of mango slices in syrup and add a few drops of rosewater..

silverpebble said...

What a fantastic stroke of thrift - and I love the Arabian Nights flavours you used. (What a delicious sounding list from Sue, too)

charlottesplot.com said...

This sounds like a brilliant and possibly less sweet alternative to the evaporated milk method (you whip a tin of the milk with 300ml whipping cream, add your flavouring and freeze - no need to stir - google for more detailed instructions). My experiments with the evaporated milk ice cream have included rose water on its own, and persevered ginger grated into the mix and given a little more welly with a generous sprinkling of ground ginger - it seems to help knock back the sweetness. What about brown bread ice cream - great favourite in the 70s! I've been thinking about digging out a recipe for this, and I dare say it would feel pretty thrifty too if you were to use some stale slices toasted...

Gillian said...

Such a good idea! It took me ages to twig that ice cream and custard are basically one and the same thing. The flavour combinations are endless. Yum!

Frances said...

Oh, what a clever idea! I've never bought prepared custard before, but now will keep an eye out for any bargain mark-downs.

Thank you so much.

backlanenotebook said...

What about the ready made custard plus three tablespoons of the best lemon curd plus six decent sized meringues broken but chunky stirred in?

charlottesplot.com said...

Doh! I don't mean evaporated I mean condensed milk - world of difference! Sorry, brain going...

Calico Kate said...

Oh how amazing, never occurred to me to make it like that before as we NEVER EVER eat prepared custard I don't even look for it on the yellow label shelf. But guess where I'll be headed tomorrow!
It all sounds very delish.
CKx

Mrs. Micawber said...

Ice cream for breakfast ... one of the joys of civilized living.

I would go for things like coffee and chocolate, or lime and mulberry/blackberry, or rasperries and nectarines, or cherries and almond flavour, or lemon and strawberry. Or orange with tiny flakes of chocolate. I'd better stop now. :)

julie said...

I fear you may have started something here - I'll be shopping for posh custard to give this a try too - it looks and sounds to good to miss!

Thrifty Household said...

I'm with you Kate- I never buy ready made custard...but that forlorn, heavily reduced tub whispered out to me with promises... & inspiration struck!

The only problem I have now is which of all the wonderful recipes ideas to start experimenting with... (I suppose I could always buy & freeze the special offer custard ready for further trials...?!)

Eco Thrifty Living said...

Sounds yummy and I love that you had it for breakfast!

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