Ice cream in a biscuit

Dark chocolate and roasted black sesame seed biscuits with vanilla ice cream
Dark chocolate and roasted black sesame seed biscuits with vanilla ice cream

I’m a first time ice cream maker. Eaten a lot of it. Never made it.  This vanilla ice cream recipe is from a dear friend’s mother. I was assured that not only was it delicious but it’s the old-school sort that does not require an ice cream maker. This was music to my ears as my kitchen is already too jam packed and the thought of adding another toy to it does not appeal. Our bench tops are already riddled with things that have no home.

Just ignore anyone who raises their eyebrows when you say you’re doing it without an ice cream maker. You too can feel the same smugness that I felt when I raced home from work, pulled out the freezer drawer and scraped my greedy finger across the pillowy softness of my very first homemade ice cream.

The ice cream (please note that this recipe is an over nighter)

Ingredients

1 litre of cream

1/2 cup of milk

350g castor sugar

8 egg yolks (beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla essence OR three vanilla beans

Method 

Whip the cream well and set aside. Use a mix master (or someone with a very strong arm).

Place the milk and sugar in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to the boil very slowly. As soon as the mixture foams take it off the heat and gradually pour into the beaten egg yolks while whisking constantly.

Whisk until thick and creamy
Whisk until thick and creamy

Continue to whisk. At this point add your vanilla (either essence or scrape the pulp from vanilla beans) whisk again and then allow the mixture to cool. It should be thick and creamy.

Fold the cooled egg mixture into the whipped cream. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for 24 hours.

Fold into the whipped cream(it was hard for me to not eat a lot of this)
Fold into the whipped cream(it was hard for me to not eat a lot of this)

Remove from fridge and beat well for two minutes (I used mix master). Pop into a container with a lid and then finally freeze (about 7 hours is about perfect).

I don't want to keep banging on about this but it really is very very soft.
I don’t want to keep banging on about this but it really is very very soft.

OK now for the biscuits.

Dark chocolate and black sesame seed biscuits 

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Ingredients

125g butter (softened)

125g chopped dark chocolate

2 tablespoons roasted black sesame seeds (available from Japanese deli)

1 egg

1 3/4 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup raw sugar

Method

Beat the softened butter and sugars.

Slowly add egg while beating.

Add all other ingredients and beat til a moist dough forms.

Form heaped teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on a tray (leave space for spreading). Lightly press each ball with a fork.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes in moderate oven. Leave to cool on a rack.

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A couple of notes on putting the ice cream sandwiches together: Firstly, make sure that the biscuits are very cold. Put them in the freezer for at least half an hour before serving. Same goes for any dishes you want to serve them on. This gives guests a way better chance of eating them before they melt. They’ll (literally) look a lot cooler for a lot longer.

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Cheesy biscuits

So it’s been about six days and my Indian Pale Ale (IPA), which has been bubbling away nicely, has now slowed to a sporadic gurgle.  This apparently means that the fermentation process is almost over and it’s not far off being ready to bottle (exciting).  However, it’s not quite there yet so we’ll leave it alone for now and talk about things that are great to eat with beer. Hurray!

We’ve decided that, along with the home brew, our judges will also be presented with a few tasty snacks made by the Two Houses.

First up, I’d like to share the recipe for our cheesy biscuits.  These spicy little morsels are completely addictive.  Cheese biscuits in general are the Pringles of the biscuit world.  Mine are ideal for eating instead of dinner and watching an entire season of Veronica Mars.  Add a glass of wine or beer to make it seem like a proper meal.

They also make a great present for a good friend.  Pop them in a glass jar with a tight lid.  Apply a big sticky label with ‘happy birthday’ or ‘sorry your fish died’ scrawled in your charmingly sloppy handwriting.  Add a ribbon if you want to be extra fancy.  No need for wrapping paper OR a card.  Nothing to toss.  Win!

Glenn saw this and immediately asked if it was for him.
Glenn saw this and immediately asked if it was for him.

Cheesy biscuits

1 cup of plain flour
2 tablespoons of self raising flour
125g chopped butter
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
125g grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
big pinch salt
big pinch freshly ground pepper
half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or more if you like)

Put all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until it’s crumbed and you can form a moist (but not sticky) dough.  If it’s too dry then add a tablespoon of water and whizz again.

Turn the dough out onto clean bench and roll into a long sausage of about 4 cm thick.  Wrap tightly in paper or cling wrap and stick in the fridge for three or more hours.

Remove and slice into discs about 5 mm thick.  You should get around forty small biscuits out of that roll.

Bake in moderate oven for about fifteen minutes or until golden.

Give your kiddies one or two each. The rest are for you after they’re in bed.

Serving suggestion.
Serving suggestion.