An apricot cake with caramel and thyme, made from start to finish in one pan.
I have, if you follow my instagram posts you will know, been on an ice cream making mission. It is summer. Have new machine, will experiment. Not every recipe has got my 100% approval. This one has - it is a Christmas ice cream for summer (lucky us in the southern hemisphere), smooth, rich and the addition of crumbled speculoos cookies with almonds adds a lovely dimension. You can crumble ginger cookies in.
Christmas in summer poses a challenge and an awkward one at that. Despite the weather, we're almost attuned to think of and crave Christmas and holiday desserts that are rich, warm, comforting. For this holiday dessert, I used stone fruit, poached in Pimms (usually enjoyed cold in tall glasses with cucumber) and aniseed and some still fresh, layered with aniseed infused fresh cream and a few broken amaretti biscuits.You could call this a deconstructed summer Christmas pudding.