What could be better on a warm Summer’s day than sitting in the garden with your children or grandchildren and eating ice cream that they’ve made themselves? Here is the quickest, simplest recipe I know for making homemade ice cream.

The easiest ice cream in the world…

Take 4 eggs and separate the yolks. Either using an electric whisk, or a child’s enthusiasm if you want to disperse some of their energy, mix the yokes with a teaspoon of vanilla extract until light and frothy. If they have any energy left, do the same with the egg whites in a separate bowl, slowly adding 140g of caster sugar as you go. (You can always return to the electric whisk if pre-ice cream complaints arise). Mix the whites until they reach a meringue-style, glossy texture.

Next whip 300ml of double cream until it starts to firm up and then slowly fold and mix (definitely do this by hand) the three elements together. Pour the mixture into a container, close the lid, freeze and wait… You could, of course add fruit and other flavourings if you (or your little helper) fancied experimenting.

Step two:

All you need to make eating homemade ice cream in the garden even better is add some fun. A few suggestions might be:

  • Add a paddling pool…
  • Create an obstacle course around the garden…
  • Draw some of your favourite summer flowers together…
  • Create a garden treasure hunt…
  • Lie on your back and spot cloud shapes in the sky…
  • Play badminton or swingball…
  • Use your imagination…

 

Basically, you want to engage in some activities, so that the fun and the sugar rush of the ice cream really hit the spot and ensure that you create fabulous outdoor memories for an increasingly indoors generation.

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