How to Make Summer Desserts at Home?
The weather is heating up which means it’s ice cream, frozen dessert, and icy drinks season! Nothing beats a cool icy margarita by the pool or ice cream on the beach. Even though these delectable desserts can be enjoyed all year round, there is nothing like sinking your teeth (cue brain freeze!) or licking your lips over a super cold dessert before it melts away. We share some of our favourite desserts, as well as the tools needed to make them.
How to Make Ice Cream and Frozen Yoghurt?
There is no denying that ice cream is a crowd pleaser! And why buy store bought flavours when you can make your own delicious flavours at home? Especially if, like me, you have food allergies and are limited to basic flavours. For silky smooth ice cream an ice cream maker is the way to go.
While the ice cream, frozen yoghurt or sorbet is churning away – in a fraction of the time – you can add all your favourite flavours, toppings, and sprinkles through the mix in opening. You can serve it straight out of the mixer or scoop it into ice cream moulds for individual servings. We recommend running the scoop under cold water first for an easy and consistent serve. This will avoid the ice cream from sticking to the scoop. To help you get started, check out our super easy, silky smooth recipe for Creamy Hazelnut Ice Cream with Decadent Choc Chunks.
How to Make Icy Poles?
Although red, blue, and orange icy poles are incredibly nostalgic, don’t limit your imagination to these “flavours”. Get creative and try recipes using freshly squeezed juice like tropical paradise of pineapple, mango and coconut, a green kick of kiwi, spinach and cucumber, or summer berries of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Another fresh idea is to create iced tea pops. Consider the well-known flavours of peach and lemon, or for something a little different try chamomile, honey, and ginger. Icy pole moulds are nostalgic, however, freezing your juices or iced tea into ice cube trays also come in handy for putting your beloved flavours into a drink bottle for the day.
How to Make Iced Drinks?
Did someone say Daiquiri? Margarita? Vietnamese Iced Coffee? Yes, to all of these please! When it comes to cold beverages, whether alcoholic or not, the possibilities are endless. For poolside gatherings, use a blender with various settings to mix up mouth-watering daiquiris or slushies for the kids. This will give you the flexibility of creating silky smooth concoctions or snow cones with a little more bite.
For an iced coffee with a difference, try freezing freshly brewed espresso in ice cube trays. Add the espresso cubes into your chilled milk and stir. As the espresso cubes melt, you will continue to have delicious, flavourful coffee rather than a watered-down version from regular ice cubes.
How to Make Iced Desserts?
These go beyond the traditional ice cream scoop. Impress your guests at your next gathering by serving one of the following using tools you may already have in your kitchen. Consider a layered semi freddo using a loaf pan, an affogato in a beautiful tall glass or a Bombe Alaska using a spring form cake tin. These desserts are perfect for special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays, and other holidays. Nevertheless, it is highly recommended to enjoy with company.
No matter where you are to enjoy them, you will find an icy cool drink on a hot summer’s day will quench your thirst. And who would say no to a truly satisfying icy dessert with friends and family? As mentioned earlier, these desserts can be enjoyed all year round – cue holding a bowl of ice cream in winter with an oven mitt or tea towel. However, polishing off your dessert before it melts away and disappears before your very eyes is possibly one of the best games ever. Start clearing some space in the freezer! Do your taste buds a favour this summer and get creative in the kitchen by whipping up your own creations.
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