RECIPE: Chocolate orange ice cream

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I bought my partner an ice cream maker in January 2015 for his birthday. I thought it was the perfect present as he absolutely loves ice cream. Since then I have used it to make ice cream about 4 times, he has made 0 ice cream. Apparently loving to eat it doesn’t necessarily mean you can be bothered to make it. I have tried a vanilla, a ginger and a vanilla and caramel ice cream so far. All my recipes (slightly randomly made-up) have been a bit mediocre. Until now! I have somehow managed to fluke the best ice cream ever. It is chocolate orange, which is obviously the best flavour combination, so a good start; but it is also creamy without having cream in it. It was also extremely cheap as I used the rice milk I got free at the V Show, as well as swirling through a bit of 1 of 4 bottles of Sweet Freedom Choc Shots orange spice that I also got free. Delicious and almost free, it doesn’t get better!


Ingredients – makes a 1l tub

550ml rice milk (or other dairy-free milk, but this one works very well)

150ml orange juice (about 2 oranges worth)

130g caster sugar

90g cocoa powder

70g dark chocolate (I used Tescos own brand 70%), chopped into bits

Zest of 2 oranges

1 tsp vanilla paste

Optional: Choc shots orange spice flavour sauce

Method

  • Zest the oranges and set the zest aside (don’t drop half of it on the floor like I did).
  • Juice the oranges.
  • Bring the orange juice and the rice milk to the boil in a medium pan.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder, orange zest and sugar and bring down to a simmer.
  • Simmer for about 5 mins, whisking occasionally.
  • Take off the heat and add the chocolate bits and vanilla, whisk.
  • The chocolate should melt almost immediately, but whisk until it does.
  • Cool the mixture down, put in a bowl, cover and put in the fridge for about 12 hours or so.
  • When you’re ready to make the ice cream, take it out the fridge and give the mixture another whisk.
  • If you have an ice cream machine, make the ice cream according to the instructions – mine took about 30 mins of churning, but my machine is very cheap!
  • When it had thickened I poured some mixture into a plastic tub, swirled some Choc Shots orange spice through, layered more ice cream on, swirled on some more Choc shots, added more ice cream mixture etc. Then I smoothed the surface. If you don’t want to use any extra sauce bits, just pour the mixture straight into your freezable tub and it’ll still be lovely.
  • Put in the freezer to set.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream machine (though they’re worth buying, ours was only £20, but don’t tell my partner..) I think you can put the mixture in a tub, freeze for a couple of hours, take out and give it a whisk. Put it back in the freezer, take it out a couple of hours later and whisk etc. as this breaks up the ice crystals.
  • Leave to sit out for 5 mins or so before trying to scoop
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    Chocolate courgette cake waiting for chocolate orange accompaniment

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