Baked Alaska with oat crisps, raspberries and passion fruit

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Two New Year’s Eves in a row I’ve made the same fabulous dessert and even though i love it, it’s fun to change things up a little, so this New Year’s Eve I decided to make a Baked Alaska. The base is oat crisps, as well as the decoration and the centre is homemade vanilla ice cream topped with passion fruit and wrapped in Italian meringue. Raspberry coulis, fresh raspberries and half a passion fruit to serve. It was delicious and looked just as impressive as I had pictured in my head.

Baked Alaska with raspberries and passion fruit, serves 4

1 batch oat crisps 

1 batch vanilla ice cream 

Italian meringue:

4 egg whites

150 ml caster sugar

Syrup:

150 ml caster sugar

100 ml water

Raspberry coulis:

1 litre frozen raspberries 

a little sugar (to taste)

100 ml water

1 tbsp potato flour 

To decorate:

1 punnet fresh raspberries 

4 passion fruits

Make the oat crisps using the link above. These can be made a few day in advance, just store in an airtight container. Use a dessert spoon to measure the oat crisps for the base and half a teaspoon for the small decorative oat crisps. Still bake them for the same amount of time. 

Make the ice cream and divide between four ramekins lined with cling film, freeze until needed.  

Make the raspberry coulis: place all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, sieve to remove the kernels and leave to cool. Can also be made ahead of time. 

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Make the Italian meringue: Add the egg whites and sugar in a bowl and beat for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the water and sugar for the syrup to the boil in a saucepan. Pour the (very) hot syrup into the meringue mixture and beat for another 15 minutes until you have a thick, glossy meringue.

Place a large oat crisp on each plate. Remove the ice cream from the ramekins and cling and place on top of the oat crisps. Scrape out the seeds from half a passion fruit on top of each ice cream block. Cover the whole lot (apart from the base) with the meringue using a spatula. Use a cream brulee torch to torch the meringue until golden brown. Decorate the plate with the raspberry coulis and fresh fruit. Top each dessert with a small oat crisp and maybe a sparkler. Serve immediately.

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Elderflower parfait cake with berries and oat crisps

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This elderflower parfait has featured on the blog before, but it was such a success at my last dinner party I had to post it again.

Actually, I dare say this is the perfect summer pudding! Perfect for your guests because it is delicious, refreshing, has different textures and simply tastes of summer. And perfect for you because apart from washing the berries you can make everything ahead. Plus you will get standing ovations and plenty of compliments.

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Elderflowerparfait cake, serves 8-10

6 egg yolks

200 ml caster sugar

600 ml whipping cream or double cream

130 ml concentrated elderflower cordial (only a guideline as different concentrations for different cordials)

Beat the yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl whip the cream. Fold the cream into the egg mixture. Add the elderflower and stir to combine. Pour into a clingfilm lined springform. Cover with more cling and freeze for at least four hours. Place on a cake plate and top with berries before serving. 

Oat crisps, makes about 50

300 ml oats

200 ml granulated sugar

50 ml syrup

150 g melted butter

50 ml cream

150 ml plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine all the ingredients and place dollops the size of a teaspoon on parchment paper on a baking tray quite far apart, they expand a lot in the oven. I only placed 9 on each sheet and that worked perfectly. Bake in 175 C oven for 8 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. 

Dulce de leche ice cream (with a little salt)

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Since I was a little girl growing up in Sweden I have had a love affair with ice cream. Growing up my favourite scoop flavour was daim and daddy and I would see who could finish their ice cream first, every time. To be honest we sometimes compete now as well.

You may think Sweden is too cold for ice cream, but to that I say a) the summers are really nice and warm and b) it is never too cold for ice cream.

I still entertain this love affair although I am a bit pickier as an adult. I don’t like artificial pear ice cream for example or ice cream with lots of strange ingredients. When it is so easy to make delicious ice cream at home, I don’t understand the need for stabilizers and odd ingredients. I want natural proper ice cream made with full fat cream and milk.

This recipe certainly is of that variety and the dulce de leche flavour definitely comes through (shame if it didn’t since I used a whole can) and I’ve added a little salt to cut through the sweetness, which I think makes this work –  dulce de leche is very sweet!

I like ice cream on its own but you can of course make a sundae with whipped cream, chocolate chip cookie and dark chocolate sauce or maybe serve with alongside a dark chocolate fondant, the possibilities are endless.

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 Dulche de leche ice cream (with a little salt), makes about 1 litre

4 egg yolks

2 tbsp caster sugar

400 ml double cream

200 ml whole milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 pinch (about 1/2 tsp) Maldon sea salt

400 g (1 can) dulce de leche

Beat yolks and sugar until fluffy. Meanwhile heat up the milk and cream in a saucepan until almost boiling. Incorporate the cream into the egg mixture little by little while continuously stirring. Add vanilla and dulce de leche and combine. Pour into a large bowl, place over a pan of boiling water (like a bain marie) and whisk slowly over while the mixture thickens. Leave to cool. Place in the fridge over night to thicken further. Place a plastic container in the freezer and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and let it stir it for approximately 40 minutes. Pour into the plastic container and freeze for two hours before serving.

Vanilla ice cream with blackberries in lime sugar

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One thing I have in common with my mother, is that the worst thing that could happen when having people over is if they were to leave still feeling hungry. On Friday, however, there was no chance of that happening. We were so full that I had to rethink the pudding.

My plan was to make molten chocolate cakes served with homemade vanilla ice cream, but instead we opted for a more refreshing approach; the same ice cream served with blackberries in lime sugar.

Although I love berries I think they can be a bit bland on their own which is why I like to serve them like this, with some caster sugar, fresh lime juice and zest.

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Vanilla icecream, makes about 1 litre

400 ml double cream

200 ml whole milk

1 tsp vanilla 

4 egg yolk

150 ml caster sugar 

Beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy. In the mean time heat up the cream, milk and vanilla in a saucepan. Pour the warm cream mixture into the sugar mixture while whisking. Place the bowl in a bain marie and whisk while the mixture thickens (about 10 minutes). Leave to cool in room temperature, then place in fridge to cool, preferably over night. 

Make the ice cream using an ice cream maker, about 40 mins. In the mean time place the intended container in the freezer to cool down. Freeze for at least 45 minutes before serving. 

Blackberries in lime sugar, serves 4

300 g blackberries, washed

1/2 lime, zest and juice

1-2 tbsp caster sugar

Mix the zest and juice with the sugar and mix with the berries. Serve straight away. 

Three minute icecream

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This is such a good recipe to have up your sleeve. When you want nice icecream but haven’t got time to wait for the custard to thicken, or when you realise the iceblock to the icecream maker is not frozen.

It probably actually takes less than three minutes to whip it up, all you need to do is lightly whip some cream and fold in a can of condensed milk and some vanilla or other flavouring.

I made it this week the day before I had a friend coming for dinner straight after work. Together with the amazing butterscotch sauce and salted peanuts this made a lovely sundae.

Three minute icecream, 1 batch

500 ml whipping or double cream

1 tin (ca 400g) sweetened condensed milk

Flavouring: 

1 tsp vanilla

Whip the cream until soft peaks. Fold in the condensed milk and vanilla. Pour into a freezable container and freeze over night. 

Elderflower parfait

The pudding for my party at home this summer, was an incredibly easy parfait, flavoured with my mother’s homemade elderflower cordial.

I find this dessert or a parfait with any flavour, such a good thing if there are several dinner guests. You can make it well in ahead, and it is stored in the freezer which frees up space in the fridge. Oh, and it is absolutely delicious.

I made a large batch and froze it in a clingfilm-covered loaf tins, serving a slice on each plate with homegrown (from my parents’ garden) red currants.

Elderflower parfait, serves 4

3 egg yolks

100 ml caster sugar

300 ml whipping cream or double cream

65 ml concentrated elderflower cordial (only a guideline as different concentrations for different cordials)

Beat the yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy in a mixing bowl. In a separate mixing bowl whip the cream. Fold the cream into the egg mixture. Add the elderflower and stor to combine. Pour into any freezeable moulds you like, either divided into portions or in one large mould. Freeze overnight.

Vanilla muscovado icecream with lime marinated strawberries

One particular Swedish food blogger is in my opinion the Queen of Icecream. This recipe is courtesy of her.

Both myself, Maria and Daniel can vouch for the excellence of this icecream, because we managed to almost finish the whole batch after having had both starter and maincourse – and that is quite something.

Vanilla muscovado icecream

After Annika’s recipe.


400 ml cream

200 ml whole milk

1 vanilla pod (I used 1 tsp vanilla instead)

4 egg yolks

150 ml light brown muscovado sugar

Beta the egg yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy. Heta up the milk and cream with the vanilla. Pour the warm half and half over the fluffy eggs while stirring. Place the mixing bowl in a bain marie and whisk while the mixture thickens. Let it cool down, then place covered in the fridge over night.

Freeze the container to put the icecream in. Then pour your icecream mixture into the icecream maker for about 45 minutes. Transfer to the cold container and freeze for at least an hour before serving.

Lime marinated strawberries

300 g fresh strawberries

1/2 lime, the juice and perhaps some zest

2 tbsp icing sugar

Clean the strawberries and remove the green. Cut in halves. Place in a bowl and add the lime juice (and zest). Mix in the icing sugar.