I decided to opt for a fruit covered cake with lavender and mint icecream.
First empty contents of your fruit bowl on to the kitchen table. anything and everything will do for this pud. i went for strawberries, cherries, a passion fruit, plums, banana, orange and kiwi. Lots of lovely colour and flavour.
Sprinkle lightly with a little sugar and add a torn up basil leaf. Basil is a delight in fruit salad, it really lights up those flavours. Pour in a slug of rum or brandy for extra zing. Cover with cling film and set aside in the fridge for flavours to come out and develop.
Moving on to the icecream. I have a confession to make here. It wasn’t meant to be icecream at all. I was just going to infuse some creme fraiche with lavender and use that, however things didn’t go to plan…..
To infuse the cream or creme fraiche in this case; just pop the cream into a pan and add a few small pieces of lavender. This is NOT the time for generosity, too much lavender tastes seriously hellish, err on the side of caution.
Heat through on medium heat, you don’t want this to boil, and then just let it rest for 15 minutes.
Remove the lavender pieces.
This is where I discovered that my creme fraiche was just not going to play the game and whip. Total and utter waste of time. Think of another plan.
Search fridge for possible inspiration. Toy with manic idea of mayonnaise and slushy flavoured creme fraiche. Yeugh what on earth am I thinking! Then spot a carton of plain Greek yogurt.
Decide to make the flavoured creme fraiche into icecream by mixing it with the Greek yogurt and some mint flavoured sugar.
I have an icecream making machine. Scamper out to deep freeze to fetch the bowl from the freezer where it has resided in plastic wrapped splendour since the last time I used it 2 years ago! Discover to my horror that I have obviously thrown out the rest of the damn machine in those intervening 2 years. All I have now is a bloody cold bowl.
Fast losing the will to live and if I lived anywhere near a shop would have given up and gone and bought some icecream or even a pot of real cream and started this whole show all over again.
I do the only possible thing. I dig out a plastic tub and make icecream the old fashioned way, by hand.
I just added the flavoured creme fraiche to a carton of natural Greek yogurt and 2 tsp of mint flavoured sugar.
Stirred it like mad with a fork and popped the lid on and tossed it into the freezer.
2 hours later I stirred it again and popped it back in again.
I did the same thing twice more and then had a pot of the most deliciously creamy lavender and mint icecream. Disaster averted.
I used a basic victoria spinge for the base. Just one layer thick. You could just cheat and buy a cake to use as your base.
Top the cake base with some standard whipped cream and then pour on all those gorgeous booze soaked fruits that you prepared earlier.
Congratulate yourself ona job well done and the fact that there is some real health benefits in all that fruit, ignore the cake etc, think fruity!
This is so delicious you will just have to have a little bit more, and oh dear you might have to polish off the icecream too…..