Posts Tagged ‘strawberry’

Neapolitan Macarons

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Macarons are turning in to one of my favourite things to bake.  Once you get the technique down they are really quite easy and they always look so adorable and eye-catching!  These Neapolitan (it’s ridiculous how often I misspell that word!) Macarons are the epitome of cute food.  They would be great for a girlie get together or afternoon tea and the classic Italian flavour work great together.

I was curious about the whole Neapolitan thing so I turned to Google and Wikipedia (…where else?) for some information.  Neapolitan mean ‘of or pertaining to Naples’, which makes sense, and  it seems that it was brought to the USA by Italian immigrants in the mid 1800s.  I must confess I’m not crazy about the traditional ice cream variety but last year I baked a strawberry, vanilla and chocolate layer cake for my second cousins Christening and it really did taste delicious. (more…)

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Banana, Strawberry & Pistachio Ice Cream

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I had every intention of posting about healthy peanut butter snack bites today, but it’s just so warm and sunny (I’m writing this from a shady spot in my garden) that ice cream just seemed much more appropriate!

This is healthy ice cream though, so I’m on the same theme at least.  Whilst trawling through Pintrest for summer recipe inspiration, this recipe, or at least variations of it, kept popping up.  Just like whipped coconut cream before it, banana ice cream is the current trend in wholesome eating.  I do enjoy being on trend…even though it happens almost never…so here’s my spin on it!

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If you enjoy a banana based smoothie then you’re going to get on well with banana ice cream.  It is pretty cool how pureeing frozen banana chunks in a blender turns it in to sweet and creamy soft serve ice cream, to which you can add pretty much whatever takes your fancy.  I had strawberries and pistachios on hand, so that’s what was thrown in.  Pictachios lend crunch, and strawberries bright, fresh sweetness. One piece of advice about the strawberries though, cut them smaller than I did if you plan to freeze the ice cream further.  They freeze up much more solid than the banana making the ice cream difficult to scoop and eat.  A fine dice would be perfect.  If you want to serve the ice cream as it comes from the bender, in the soft serve form, just fold in any fruit/nut combination and size of your choice.

Other options could be toasted coconut and chocolate chips, peanut butter swirl, Nutella swirl (I need to make that variation now!) or you could add the strawberries to the blender and blitz them up with the banana.  Ideally you would make this with banana alone, but my food processor couldn’t quite cope with that, it’s only a mini one, so I added half a cup of fat free yogurt to loosen the mixture up but it is optional. (more…)

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