When I wrote my 30 frugal top tips a while back, one of the frugal things I mentioned that I'd never done but would like to try one day, was to make icecream.
I've made easy peasy banana icecream where you freeze chunks of banana and then blend them in the food processor and even though it's just banana, it tastes like a deluxe creamy dessert. But I've never made proper homemade icecream that requires either an icecream maker, which I don't possess, or oodles of messing around getting it out of the freezer every half hour to whisk it up.
Last weekend we needed a treaty pudding for Daughter's birthday lunch that didn't involve an oven (mine's been out of order for a while) so I decided it was time to achieve one of my frugal ambitions and at long last to try out a friend's icecream recipe. She swears by it and promised me it only required one lot of whisking and no subsequent attention. Now that's my kind of lazy homemade icecream!
We modified the original recipe slightly. Mostly because although I adore icecream I'm not actually a real lover of cream or milk. I could pretend the modification makes it a lot healthier but the fruit and yogurt probably don't offset the cream and condensed milk enough to make this an everyday pudding!
Easy Peasy Icecream - the original recipe
1 397g tin condensed milk
600ml double cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat ingredients until the mixture is thick and stiff, like pipeable whipped cream. Freeze for 6 - 8 hours.
Everyday Life on a Shoestring's Easy Peasy Blackberry Icecream
1 397g tin of condensed milk
250ml whipping cream
250ml 0% fat Greek Yogurt
several handfuls of blackberries stewed with a spoonful or two of sugar
Beat all the ingredients except for the blackberries, until thick and stiff. For extra frugality I insisted on using my hand whisk that you wind with a handle for the whisking part so it took three of us an awful lot of whisking and arm ache before it was the required consistency.
Then we swirled in the blackberries. You could puree them but my take on it is that there's an extra rustic charm to whole blackberries that have sunk to the bottom of the icecream!
This amount of icecream served with stewed apple fed 6 adults, 2 big children and 2 little children, several of whom had second helpings. There is plenty left in the freezer. I'm never very good at costing out recipes - what I can tell you is that the condensed milk had been in the cupboard for ages, the 500g tub of Greek yogurt was on offer at £1, and the blackberries were free, so the whole dish must have come in at under £5 which, for a large bowl of super duper icecream with no funny sounding ingredients, must be a good price.
The basic recipe comes with an alternative chocolate version (melt 200g chocolate and whisk with the rest of the ingredients. Add 100g chopped milk chocolate or maltesers).
With a little imagination, you could make all sorts of other variations. What would be your favourite flavour?!