We think you’ll love this summery Christmas recipe as it looks impressive but is actually very simple to make. It is easily modified too so you can keep it simple or go where your imagination takes you! For example, you could go crazy with layering different flavours of ice cream and sneaking hidden goodies inside.
In this version we’ve opted for a chocolate and berries flavour theme on a base of vanilla ice cream. You can make it our way or create your own combination. Just remember that how you layer it in the tin will be upside down as you’ll flip the tin over onto a dish.
Preparation time: 20 mins, plus 5 hours of freezing
- 2x 450ml OOB ice cream (or 2x Frozen Bliss ice cream for a vegan dessert)
- Frozen raspberries (or any frozen berry of your choice)
- Trade Aid chocolate sauce
- Organic strawberries, sliced (to garnish)
- Fair Trade chocolate, roughly chopped (to garnish)
- Icing sugar to dust at the very end (optional)
- Take your first ice cream flavour out of the freezer to soften for 10mins
- Line a small loaf tin with baking paper, we used a 1 litre loaf tin. You want the tin well lined so that the slightly melted ice cream doesn’t leak into the tin!
- Empty the ice cream into a large mixing bowl. Stir through your frozen berries.
- Using a spatula, empty the ice cream mixture into the loaf tin and smooth so that it is level. Place on a flat surface in the freezer for 30mins.
- Take the tin back out of the freezer and spread a thick layer of chocolate sauce over the top of the ice cream layer (we used most of a 250ml botte). Return to the freezer for another 30mins
- Leave in the freezer for no less than 4 hours so that all of the layers are well frozen and the overall slab has frozen into shape
- Remove the slab from the tin upside down onto a serving dish or platter. Top with fresh, sliced strawberries and roughly chopped chocolate. Finally, dust with some icing sugar and serve!
Use a large sharp knife to serve as slices. If it’s been in the freezer for quite a while, warm your knife under warm water.
- If you want your layers to be well defined and you’ve got ample time you can freeze each layer one at a time for longer than 30mins.
- We used frozen raspberries for one of the layers, but you could use any fruit, chocolate drops, biscuit pieces, chopped nuts etc.
- Low on time? Grab a 900ml tub of ice cream and stick with one flavour! You can still deck it out with lots of goodies mixed through and on top.