Ice cream

We had a delicious Polish Christmas eve dinner with some friends and had this served with apple streudel that was delicious and exotic all at the same time. So I decided to make it for our New Year’s Eve feast along with the Marmalade and whiskey bread and butter pudding and I must say that it was delicious. The ice cream was wonderfully smooth bu be careful not to over churn it! I made it with the cinnamon option.

First make an anglaise sauce.
8 egg yolks
3oz castor sugar
10 fl oz milk
10 fl oz double cream
1 van pod or 2 cinnamon sticks.
1. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together.
2. Split and scrape the vanilla pod into the milk and cream and bring to the boil in a heavy saucepan.
3. Sit the bowl over a pan of hot water and whisk the cream into the egg mix. as the eggs yolks warm, the cream thickens to create a custard. keep stirring until it coats the spoon. remove the bowl from the heat.
cool quickly over ice
pour into an icr cream maker and churn until thick. This was rather nice as cinnamon ice cream so jusy let the cinnamon sticks flavour the milk as it heats up.

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Tartlets


Tartlets
I made these jolly little tartlets to take on a pre christmas party. I got some ideas from My French Cuisine . I used pre- bought puff pastry although they did rather puff up too much.

Ingedients: pastry, onions, bacon, eggs, yoghurt or milk, cheese, a variety of fillings – soft cheese, walnuts, olives etc.

I rolled out the pastry and used a pastry cutter to cut some rounds to put into the tart cases. I gently cooked the onions in oil until soft and then chopped up some streaky bacon and fried them up in the same oil. I put a little of each ingredient in the tarts and then topped up each one with the egg mixture. I used a mixing jug and used three eggs and a 1/4 pint of yoghurt and beat them up together. Add seasoning if you want and some chives would be nice. I painted the pasty edges with some milk to make them brown off. Sprinkle cheese over the top of each tart and bake at 180C for about twenty minutes. In the ove, the puff pasty puffs up sometimes pushing the filling out the middle which is sort of fun…

Yummy little tarts.