Desserts for entertaining

How to make friends fast- Learn to make Sticky Toffee Pudding

sticky toffee pudding

The ultimate comfort food – Sticky toffee pudding and thick delicious cream.

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding is the ultimate Lake District treat. Warm sponge cake steeped in dark buttery caramel. The original recipe was created by Francis Coulson at Sharrow Bay in the 1970s where it is still on offer every day in the restaurant. Cartmel Village Shop makes and sells their own extremely delicious version too. However, it is very easy to make at home and a bit more economical if you are cooking for large numbers.

Just to prove how easy – at Stirring Stuff  Cookery School, sticky toffee pudding was on the menu for the first of our two Men in the Kitchen classes . It was also a definite hit on the Back to Uni course – how to make friends fast – learn to cook a sticky toffee pudding! Continue reading

Easy Ices for hot summer days

 

Orange ice cream in a waffle basket

Too hot to cook and a bank holiday looming – then these lovely fruity fresh recipes are just the thing to give everyone a cool treat.  The white chocolate and orange ice-cream is great for entertaining  – serve with fresh summer berries and cream or a chocolatey sauce. The raspberry iced cream and the strawberry slush couldn’t be more simple  – full of natural goodness and very little added sugar they are a lovely  treat for young and old alike.   Continue reading

Gooseberry ripple ice cream sandwiches

Dessert Gooseberry rippleice-cream sandwhices for summer entertaining

Gooseberry ripple Ice cream sandwiches. Easy to make and easy to serve. Just the thing for summer entertaining.

 

 

The ice cream sandwich grows up.

The idea of the ice cream sandwich isn’t new – back in the 1980’s (yes ok I am very old!) I remember unwrapping small parcels of Walls vanilla and strawberry ice cream to sandwich between two thin wafers – an alternative treat to a cone. Apparently the counterpart in Scotland and Ireland was known as an ice-cream slider and in Australia a ‘cream between’. The idea was to get the ice cream to the point of perfection before eating. For me this perfection was that the ice cream should be ‘warm’, just on the point of melting, without dripping or liquefying. Quite an art, but  to my mind there is nothing worse than biting into something freezing cold.

Recently the Ice cream sandwich, ‘slider’, or ‘cream between’, appears to have made something of a comeback. But as with most comebacks they are not quite what they used to be, they have in fact transformed themselves into something appealingly  ‘sexy’, they have grown up, and are now chic, trendy and quite the smart thing to serve at a summer party. Adults, teenagers and children all love them.   Continue reading

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