No one likes ice cream quite as much as The London Kitchen team, but lately we’ve been a bit more experimental when it comes to choosing our summer favourites. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we first came across the award-winning Claire Kelsey’s book ‘Melt’, she uses ice cream as the basis for a whole host of sensational flavour combinations, all inspired by her adventures in a 1997 Ford Transit ice-cream van named Ginger.
Ginger was the result of an impulse buy in 2009, and was promptly decorated in pink and maroon paint and fully furnished with mirrors, wood and classic Parisian posters. Already it was no ordinary ice cream van. Of course such a dressed up van couldn’t just deal in the traditional 99 and flake, Ginger needed a menu of unique flavours concocted by Claire, the ice cream expert with an endless imagination.
Claire has dreamt up flavours that would blow the biggest ice cream connoisseur away, from Absinthe (which is far tastier than you might first think, with a rich creamy flavour) to Plum and Gin, a sweet and fresh flavour combination that’s perfect in the sunshine. All the recipes are all in ‘Melt’ – so you can have a go at making your own!
Claire tells us that ice cream is an experimental cook’s dream. Cream, sugar and eggs set the stage for any flavour combinations you can think up, and work perfectly with a wide range of tastes and textures, so you really can be as creative as you want. Music to our ears!
Here’s how to make our Managing Director Damian’s favourite, Marmalade on Toast:
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