Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Made To Make Your Mouth Water
The unexpected arrival of summer this past weekend meant minimal time in the kitchen in order to catch up on some rays. When you have an Anglo Saxon Northern white body like mine, it needs all of the help it can muster, so thanks to some good friend's hospitality and their large garden, I could top up the tan and rely on other people to cook.
As a man addicted to cooking, I do have to indulge a little in the creation of food each day. So I sneaked into the kitchen and decided to rustle up a very simple dessert, one that would take little time away from the much needed sunshine and also quench our thirsts. A zest packed ice cream was the idea, using little cream and lots of yoghurt in an effort to make it reasonably healthy.
I know it isn't everybody's thing, but I love the hit and zing of pure zest. Just a small amount seems to release a large amount of lip smacking oil which gives your taste buds an amazing wake up call. Remember Opal Fruits, 'Made To Make Your Mouth Water' and all that? I always went for the green lime flavoured ones for that reason, although I very much doubt they made my mouth water through the use of pure zest extract. So I guessed that the whole skin of a lime would do the trick for the ice cream. With a large amount of fresh mint at hand, it perfectly complimented the lime for a thoroughly refreshing palate cleansing dessert.
Lime and Mint Ice Cream
1 lime, skin peeled thinly
A large bunch of mint leaves
500ml tub of low fat yoghurt
150ml double cream, whipped to soft peaks
5 tbsp honey
1 - In a food processor, blitz the zest and mint until finely chopped. Add the honey and juice of the lime and blitz again to combine.
2 - In a large bowl, fold together the cream, yoghurt and blitzed ingredients.
3 - Add to a plastic tub with a lid and place in the freezer. Every hour for 4-5 hours, mix thoroughly with a fork to combine the ice crystals.