I’d love to say this kid’s dream of a dessert is full of nostalgia for me but really I spent my childhood eating large chunks of cheddar and slices of processed ham from the fridge!
It was only after trips to Italy and Croatia that I’ve grown to love and appreciate good ice cream that’s super-creamy and flavoursome. You can get good ice cream like Green and Blacks at the supermarket now, so I don’t have to travel that far to get a good head-freezing fix. I managed to find some Italian ice cream at Ocado and decided I wanted to make a dessert with it… rather than eat it on its own straight from the tub while I watched Beaches on DVD… again.
So here be an easy ice cream dessert for kids and big kids everywhere!
For the caramel sauce:
– 125g caster sugar
– 2 tablespoons water
– 25g butter
– 75ml double cream
For the sundae:
– Vanilla ice cream (I used Green and Blacks)
– Pistachio ice cream (I used Antontio Federici available from Ocado)
– Can of squirty cream
– A few pistachio kernels
1. First make the caramel sauce. Put the sugar into a saucepan and add the water. Put on a medium heat and watch the sugar dissolve. Turn the heat up a little and wait 8-10 minutes or so until you have caramel. When the mix starts to turn brown cook it just a minute more before taking it off of the heat.
2. Be extra careful when you add the butter and the double cream to the caramel. It’s hot, hot, hot! It will foam up a little as you add the butter and cream. Give it a stir, let it settle and then leave to one side to cool. Transfer to a jug so it’s easy to pour. If it cools so much that it sets don’t worry – just put it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so for it to loosen again.
3. Now it’s time to assemble your sundae! Scoop alternate balls of vanilla and pistachio ice cream into a sundae glass. Add a flourish of squirty cream. Now get your jug of sauce and carefully drizzle some sticky caramel over the cream. Then just top the sundae off with some crunchy pistachio nuts. Eat right away!