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Ice-Cream Sauces

26 Feb


The suns shining and summer seems to be coming towards us at full speed! Not long till we hear the ringing of ice-cream vans and screaming children, can’t wait that long? Well here are a few ice-cream sauce recipes to make that scoop of vanilla into a decadent dessert for all to enjoy!

Butterscotch Sauce (my favourite!):
What you need:
1 1/2 cups of light brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
1/3 cup golden syrup
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup double cream

What you do:
1) In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the light brown sugar, butter, and syrup to a boil.
2) Boil for 3 minutes or until smooth, stirring occasionally.
3) Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and cream.
4) The sauce will thicken as it cools. If you are going to enjoy the sauce a little later, reheat in the over for 1 minute.

Chocolate Sauce:

What you need:
2 1/4 granulated sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract

What you do:
1) Place all the dry ingredients in a saucepan, along with 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk to combine into a thick paste.
2) Add the remaining milk, whilst bring the mixture to a boil. Whisk to combine well.
3) When sauce boils, reduce heat to low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes, whisking often, to stop it getting lumpy.
4) Remove from heat, add vanilla, and cool.

For extra indulgence add a nice glug of orange liquor and chocolate orange sauce, perfect on chocolate ice-cream!

Berry Wine Ice-Cream Sauce:

What you need:
1/4 cup fresh strawberries (chopped)
A handful of fresh blueberries (chopped)
A handful of fresh raspberries (chopped)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons red wine
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
juice from 1/2 of a lemon

What you do:
1) On a medium heat melt the sugar and water together, once dissolved add in the fruit and stir.
2) Add in the lemon juice, zest and wine, and leave to simmer.
3) Stir regularly and allow the sauce to thicken.
4) Store in air tight container, before serving reheat in the microwave!

Gorgeous! Each one if these recipes can be stored and enjoyed days after they have been made, just refrigerate and re-heat! Perfect addition to any dessert especially a beautiful scoop of vanilla! Add sprinkles, chocolate grating and zest for extra deliciousness!


Keep it delicious!

When it’s cold outside, just stay in!

25 Nov

Global warming has heated up our planet and it is surprisingly warm outside, but you know what that means? Soon enough we are going to be dashed into the blizzardy weather we were plunged into last year, where we will need our Eskimo gear to get anywhere. Forget that…All you need is wine, heating and food and I’m sure there will be no need to leave the warm cocoon that is you home so long as you have these handy substitutes!   

Here are a list of ingredients which can be substituted when the cold hits and your pyjamas are way to comfortable to hop out of: 

1)      O dear we are out of salt! Not to worry substitute it for half as much lemon juice.

2)      We needed granulated sugar but I only have confectionary…Don’t be sad! 1 cup of granulated sugar = 1 ¾ cup confectionary sugar!

3)      We need breadcrumbs for the chicken but there are none in the cupboard!! Not to worry…use cornflake, crackers or croutons…just as delicious, if not more!

4)      Making vanilla cupcakes but there isn’t any vanilla extract left in the bottle…Just replace it with equal amounts of maple syrup and liquor!

5)      No cornstarch to thicken up that gorgeous soup? Not to worry whisk in some plain flour instead!   

6)      No butter? Not to worry, vegetable oil will do just the trick!

7)      Trying to squeeze a dry lemon? Don’t! just add half as much white vinegar!

8)      Honey?? Nope we have none! OK just grab 1 ¼ cup white sugar and 1/3 cup hot water and there you have it home made honey substitute!

9)      Ketchup? A necessity in most peoples homes…just get 1 cup pasata(pureed tomatoes in tins), 1 table spoon sugar and 1 teaspoon of vinegar…give it a mix and there you have it!

10)  No soy sauce for the noodles? Just use 4 table spoons Worcestershire sauce and 1 table spoon of water!

11)  Now for the strange one…no eggs? In sweet treats just chuck in half a banana! Or for savoury munchies ¼ cup silken tofu! 


Strange but true!! They all work, so don’t worry this winter….


Stay warm and keep it delicious!