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Monday 15 April 2013


There was a palpable excitement in the air.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the air was warm.  The kids swapped their socks and trainers for flip flops, summer shorts were donned and the water pistols were dusted off.  My hubby retrieved the barbecue from the depths of the shed and spent a couple of hours cleaning it ready for his first barbie of the year.  The ice cream was in the freezer, the salad tossed, the meat sizzling and the wine poured.  This was what we had all been waiting for - the start of our long overdue summer.  We raised our glasses to toast a long, happy summer and that's when we felt it.  Rain - not just a few drops but enough that we had to abandon our barbecue and dash indoors - wet and miserable once more. 
 Oh the joys of a British summer!!
I had made this blueberry and lime ice cream as a treat for the kids and we still managed to enjoy it but probably not quite the same as if the sun had still been shining.  The addition of lime makes it deliciously refreshing and it really is a quick dessert if you have an ice cream maker.   If you don't have an ice cream maker then it is still possible to make - it just takes a bit longer.  All you need to do is place your bowl of mixture into the freezer for an hour, remove and whisk until smooth.  Return it to the freezer again for another hour, remove and whisk again.  Transfer the mixture to a rigid container and return to the freezer.  Before serving, move to the fridge for 30 minutes to soften.  I save all the soft and squidgy blueberries that the kids refuse to eat by storing them in the freezer until I have enough to make this ice cream.  For this reason I am going to submit this post to Turquoise Lemons - No Waste Food Challenge which has a theme of fruit this month and is being hosted by Elizabeth over at the lovely Elizabeth's Kitchen


Blueberry & Lime Ice Cream

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes plus freezing time

Yield: 4 - 6

  • 2 limes
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 150g blueberries
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • 284ml double cream
Cooking Directions
  1. Finely grate the zest from 1 of the limes and squeeze the juice from both.
  2. Add the zest, juice and sugar to a pan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the blueberries to the pan and heat gently for a further couple of minutes.
  4. Leave mixture to cool.
  5. Stir in the coconut cream and blitz quickly with a hand blender to mix thoroughly.
  6. Whip the cream in a bowl until it just holds its shape.
  7. Stir the cream into the blueberry mixture.
  8. Churn in your ice cream maker until thick.
  9. Transfer the mixture to a container and freeze until required.
  10. Before serving, transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes to soften.
Written by Angela Darroch
Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food - May 2003

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At 15 April 2013 at 13:41 , Blogger The Happy Whisk said...

Now that's a great shot. Even with the little drippies down the front. Fun stuff.

At 15 April 2013 at 23:29 , Anonymous Mich Piece of Cake said...

That is a beautiful photo! Blueberries and lime sound like a match made in heaven.

At 16 April 2013 at 01:57 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

This sounds refreshing, creamy and delicious Angela and what a photo - sorry it rained on your parade though!

At 16 April 2013 at 02:08 , Blogger Elizabeth said...

This sounds divine!I like the sound of the coconut cream in it. MMmm yep, this is another one of your recipes bookmarked! Gorgeous photo too! Thanks for entering your recipe into the No Waste Food Challenge!

At 16 April 2013 at 02:10 , Blogger Unknown said...

You would think I would be used to the weather by now. Thanks for the comment.

At 16 April 2013 at 02:12 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Mich - I always love taking photos of desserts. Lots of finger licking as you go

At 16 April 2013 at 02:14 , Blogger Unknown said...

It's messy business trying to take a photograph of ice cream but yes it is fun.

At 16 April 2013 at 06:30 , Blogger Angie's Recipes said...

A mouthwatering click and I bet it tastes even BETTER!

At 16 April 2013 at 06:37 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Elizabeth - we just need the sunshine to go with it now.

At 16 April 2013 at 06:38 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Angie - it was a lovely treat.

At 16 April 2013 at 06:54 , Anonymous Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen said...

Your ice cream looks so delicious, I love your photos! I love the sound of the blueberry, lime and coconut combination too!

At 16 April 2013 at 10:15 , Blogger The Happy Whisk said...

I can relate, but what you did here works.

At 16 April 2013 at 18:06 , Anonymous Suzanne Perazzini said...

I love that photo - just gorgeous. That was some story about the rain. I was holding onto every word, right with your joy, and then the terrible truth - it rained. LOL.

At 17 April 2013 at 05:42 , Blogger underthebluegumtree said...

Just popping along to echo everyone else's comments! That photo is BEAUTIFUL and that ice-cream looks just perfect for the sunny South African weather ;-)

At 17 April 2013 at 06:24 , Blogger Unknown said...

Ha ha - rub it in. Winter is on it's way to you very soon :-)

At 17 April 2013 at 06:24 , Blogger Unknown said...

We do get a bit desperate over here for a bit of sunshine. Even harder for me coming from Africa.

At 17 April 2013 at 06:25 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Rosie and lovely to see a new visitor.

At 19 April 2013 at 04:03 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

A beautiful dessert Angela. Love the pairing of blueberry and lime - deliciously zesty and refreshing and such a beautiful presentation. Hope the rays of sunshine return to Blighty soon :-)

At 21 April 2013 at 15:31 , Blogger Zoe said...

Hi Angela,

This is a great shot of your lovely ice cream! Love the Spring colours of this photo.


At 1 May 2013 at 08:42 , Blogger Ruthdigs said...

Sounds very yummy indeed! Might have to try that one out - it's sunny here today - at the moment anyway!! :-)

At 1 May 2013 at 09:07 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Zoe - it is such a pretty colour that it can't help but lift your spirits when eating it :-)

At 1 May 2013 at 09:10 , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks Ruth - I've just seen your avocado ice cream and that sounds very good too. Might try that this weekend.

At 1 May 2013 at 09:11 , Blogger Unknown said...

Yes we have finally had some sunshine - long may it continue. Hope you are having decent weather in HK.


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