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Saturday 13 July 2013

Chocolate Lime Ice Cream

What do you want to eat when the temperatures rise?
Why ice cream of course!

When I was at the Highland Show, the lovely Claire from Mackays, gave me some samples to bake with as part of "Baking with Mackays". I don't know about you, but I'm not all that keen on standing by a hot oven when the sun is shining outside, so I looked for another way to use the delicious preserves, made in Scotland, in a creative way. I love Lemon Curd but have never tried Lime Curd, Mackays Lime curd includes eggs, butter, limes and sugar and is delicious spread on hot buttered toast.  Eggs, butter and sugar are the ingredients needed to make a custard and in many ways a curd is a custard, by adding cream it's a short cut to making ice cream.  I was conscious that the theme for We should Cocoa this month was ice cream, so thought about how I could include chocolate. I have a bit of a soft spot for those, old fashioned sweets, Chocolate Limes, it's such a great combination of flavours that I thought it was worth trying in ice cream too.

Chocolate Lime Ice Cream
300ml double cream
1 jar (340g) Mackays Lime curd
Ā½ lime juice and zest
100g chocolate chips
1. Whip the cream until it is floppy, add the lime curd, zest and juice. 


At this point I put the mixture into my ice cream maker, it churned away, but 20 minutes later when it should had been turning solid, it was just slightly more chilled.  I picked up the bowl of the ice cream maker and realised that it was leaking bluey green stuff from the bottom.  Fortunately none of this came near the ice cream, so I scooped it up and put it into a box, mixed in the chocolate chips and put it into the freezer for at least four hours or, preferably, overnight.

Because of the high sugar content in the curd, the ice cream doesn't go rock hard, nor does it form ice crystals so you really don't need an ice cream machine to make it.

I used this excellent Trigger Ice Cream Scoop from Oxo Good Grips to serve up my ice cream.  I have three ice cream scoops, none of which have ever been terribly satisfactory, but this one scoops like a dream and the trigger action deposits the ice cream into your dish in a neat ball, it also goes in the dish washer which is a real bonus.

 The Chocolate Lime Curd ice cream was very creamy but the sharp lime flavour cut through the richness and the little nuggets of dark chocolate really did make it taste like those Chocolate Lime sweets from my childhood.

I'm adding this post to the Fab First Fridays linky at London Unattached, a blog event to share your favourite post of the month. 

Many thanks to Claire for the Mackays Lime Curd and to Cherelle and Oxo Good Grips for providing the Trigger Ice Cream Scoop for review.  I was not paid for this review and my opinions are my own.

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At 13 July 2013 at 20:46 , Blogger Maggie said...

I would like a scoop or two of this please - far better than anything you can buy.

At 13 July 2013 at 20:56 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Maggie, it is excellent!

At 13 July 2013 at 21:04 , Blogger Chris Half said...

What a brilliant idea. I don't have an ice cream maker and am for sure not going to get one. So it's lovely to read of your chocolate lime ice cream. Sounds really refreshing.
By the way, I don't mind standing at a hot oven, when it's hot outside. In fact I prefer to eat ice cream when it's cold outside - especially in ice cream cones - because it's not going to melt away so fast. Anyway, ice cream anytime.

At 13 July 2013 at 21:18 , Blogger Janice said...

I agree to Ice Cream any time! Thanks for your kind comment, let me know if you make this recipe.

At 14 July 2013 at 08:41 , Blogger Choclette said...

Curd for ice-cream - what a brilliant idea Janice. Love the flavours here too and so refreshing in this hot summer weather we are all so unused to. I think I might need one of your ice-cream scoops - I can't get a nice ball of ice-cream however hard I try. Thanks for making this for We Should Cocoa :)

At 14 July 2013 at 14:29 , Blogger Elizabeth said...

Sounds gorgeous and refreshing. I love lime curd, to be honest I prefer it over lemon! I had the same thing happen to my ice cream bowl before. I contacted the manufacturer and they sent me out a new bowl free of charge. Mine had leaked all over the contents of my freezer!

At 14 July 2013 at 14:46 , Blogger Janice said...

Good call Elizabeth, I'll try that!

At 14 July 2013 at 15:45 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

This sounds like a really delicious and refreshing combination Janice, you've inspired me:-)

At 14 July 2013 at 19:38 , Anonymous Petra said...

This sounds so delicious and I can't think of anything better on these hot days!The combination sounds utterly delicious!

At 15 July 2013 at 10:50 , Blogger Beth (jamandcream) said...

My mouth is watering - the lime curd sounds amazing

At 15 July 2013 at 14:55 , Blogger Claire Toplis said...

I LOVE ice cream love this love it

At 16 July 2013 at 22:15 , Blogger Anne said...

Oh wow it sounds like the perfect combination in a icecream, I adore those chocolate lime sweets so quite sure would equally adore your icecream!

At 22 July 2013 at 08:41 , Blogger Unknown said...

This looks like beautiful icecream

At 24 July 2013 at 06:05 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would never have considered lime with chocolate, but now I need a bite!

At 4 August 2013 at 20:34 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

no churn ice-cream is about the only sort I'd make. And I love this flavour combination.

Thanks for linking it up!!!


At 7 August 2013 at 00:41 , Anonymous Stacy said...

Found this lovely post from Fiona's Fab Friday link. What a brilliant idea to use the lime curd in ice cream. I don't have an ice cream maker so I am even more chuffed to know I can still make this. Perfect for a hot summer's day1

At 14 August 2013 at 06:21 , Anonymous Amee said...

This is cool!


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