Peanut Butter and Brownie Ice Cream (no-churn)

There are only four letters to describe this ice cream:  E-A-S-Y. There’s no preliminary heating of egg custard on the stove and no churning required.

First, peanut butter is blended with sweetened condensed milk. This is then folded into a mixture of whipped cream and ready-made vanilla custard. If I haven’t got you already hooked on this recipe, then picture the thick brownie batter that is finally swirled into the mixture.

And if you still have room left in your stomach after eating the peanut butter ice cream, there is still a lot of the brownie batter left over from the recipe to make a batch of brownies. Now that’s what I call ‘total decadence.’

 The thing that makes this dessert so easy is I’ve used ready-made egg-less Vanilla Custard that I bought at the supermarket. In my case, I used ‘Paul’s Vanilla Custard’ (available in Australia) but there are other brands out there, as well.

After the ingredients are poured into a pan, the brownie batter is swirled in to make a rich design:

After freezing, the mixture is transferred onto a plate and served in slices (or scoops).  I think this may sound like a recipe for a Semi Freddo, don’t you?

 

 

 

Peanut Butter and Brownie Ice Cream (no-churn)
Serves 8
Peanut Butter ice cream blended with a rich swirl of brownie batter
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For the Brownie Batter
  1. 1 cup cocoa powder
  2. 1 tbsp baking powder
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. pinch salt
  5. 150 g butter, melted
  6. 30 g dark baking chocolate, melted
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 3/4 cup flour
For the Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  1. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1 cup whipping cream
  4. 2 cups Vanilla Custard (store-bought)
For the Brownie Batter
  1. Sift the cocoa powder into a large bowl. Add the baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Add the melted butter and dark chocolate to the mixture and stir.
  3. Whisk together the 3 eggs and add to the mixture. Add the flour and combine all ingredients with an electric mixer.
For the Peanut Butter Ice Cream
  1. Mix together the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk- set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the cream on high using electric beaters until soft peaks form. Gradually fold in the vanilla custard to the whipped cream, then fold in the peanut butter/condensed milk mixture.
  3. Line a bread pan with plastic wrap with the sides over-hanging. Pour the ice cream custard mixture into the pan, filling it to the halfway mark. Using a knife, swirl about 3 tablespoons of the brownie mixture into the custard. Add the remaining custard and swirl another 3-4 tablespoons of the brownie batter into the mixture.
  4. Place in the freezer for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. When ready to serve, transfer the frozen block of ice cream onto a plate and cut into slices (or you can serve it in scoops, if desired).
Notes
  1. If you want to shorten the steps, you can use a ready-made brownie mix instead of making it from scratch.
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Lamb en croûte with Provencal Vegetables

 

    Lamb Crust Bird's eye 2 What’s a world-famous French cooking school like Cordon Bleu doing teaching recipes using ingredients from Tunisia? I thought French cooking was supposed to be very traditionelle –  dishes like Coq au Vin, Quiche Lorraine and Cassoulet. Imagine my surprise then when we were handed sheets of Brik Pastry (warka dough) from Tunisia to make a version of Lamb en Croûte (lamb wrapped in pastry dough).

It turns out that the Cordon Bleu school, although still focussing on traditional French cuisine, is introducing its students to dishes and ingredients from other parts of the world-  such as ceviche, guacamole and brik pastry from Tunisia.

Brik pastry is a wafer-thin pastry, originating from the Maghreb region in North Africa. Made of wheat flour, oil, salt and water, it is similar to filo pastry, but without all the drama of it flaking apart in your hands. It also has a much lighter, crunchier texture than filo and can be shallow or deep fried without soaking up large amounts of oil.

So hooray for brik pastry!– no more laborious rolling out of traditional pastry dough to make my lamb en croûte. All that’s required for my dish is to first make a mousse stuffing, using some chicken breast mixed with minced pine nuts and pistachios. The lamb fillet and stuffing are then rolled up in several sheets of brik pastry, lightly fried on the stove top and then served with some lamb jus. When served with a side of potato wedges and cherry tomatoes Provence-style (i.e. brushed with olive oil and dusted with some dried thyme) you might be forgiven for thinking you were dining somewhere in the south of France (or would it be Tunisia)?

Ingredients

  • 1 lamb fillet (backstrap)

For the Mousse Stuffing

  • 50 g pistachios
  • 50 g pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • parsley, coriander and basil (3 sprigs each)
  • splash of olive oil
  • 50 g chicken breast
  • 1/2 egg white
  • 30 ml thickened cream

For the Lamb Jus

  • Lamb bones (3 – 4 small/medium pieces)
  • 150 ml beef stock
  • 50 ml red wine

Provencal Vegetables

  • Potato wedges
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dried thyme and olive oil

 Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F).
  • Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to pan and brown over medium high heat, about three minutes each side. Wrap in foil and place in oven for approximately 4 – 5 minutes. Lamb will be cooked to the right consistency when it is pink in the center. Let the meat cool to room temperature then place in fridge. Reduce the oven temperature to 140 C (280 F).
  • Prepare the lamb jus: brown the lamb bones in oil over medium high heat (use same pan that the lamb was cooked in). Remove the bones from pan and let drain on kitchen paper. Drain the excess oil from the pan. Return the bones to the pan, add the beef stock and wine. Let simmer on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Remove the bones from the pan and simmer for a few more minutes.
  • Prepare the chicken mousse: slice the chicken breast into cubes, place in food processor with 1/2 egg white, thickened cream, drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper. Process until smooth and remove from the processor bowl.
  • Place the pine nuts and pistachios on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 140 C for several minutes until the pine nuts turn a light brown. Remove the nuts from the oven and pulse in the food processor until the are finely minced. Roughly chop the garlic, parsley, coriander and basil sprigs and add to the processor with the nuts. Add the chicken mousse and a splash of olive oil and pulse all ingredients until smooth.

  • Place two sheets of the Brik Pastry (warka dough) on your workbench and overlap them in the center. Brush entire surface of the dough (including edges) with egg white.

Lamb Crust (7of 7) (1 of 1)

  •  Spread the stuffing on the bottom of the dough, to fit the width of the lamb- leave a small margin on the sides.

  • Remove the lamb from the fridge and place on top of the stuffing.

  • Spread some more stuffing on top of the lamb, then roll up the dough and lamb until it meets the half-way mark.

  • Fold the sides inward then continue to roll up the dough until finished. (If any of the dough starts to break apart, you can fix it by brushing some egg white on it).

  • Heat some oil in pan and brown the rolled pastry starting with the seam side facing down. Remove from pan.
  • To prepare the potatoes, cut them in wedges with the skin on. Cook in boiling salted water until the potatoes start to soften (do not over cook). Place some melted butter in a baking pan or casserole dish with some dried thyme. Toss the potatoes in this mixture until thoroughly coated. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes turn golden brown.
  • Brush the cherry tomatoes with olive oil and drizzle with a little salt and dried thyme. Place in oven for 10 minutes until the tomatoes soften.
  • Serve the sliced lamb pieces on a plate, top with some of the lamb jus, serve with some potato wedges and cherry tomatoes on the side.