I love brown. To me it is the colour of Autumn, chocolate, warmth and kindness. Brown has a softness that black does not possess, it has depth and comfort. It is in the eyes of a horse when it looks deep into your soul, it is in the changing leaves on the trees in September, it is in sun scorched fields of hay and wheat and it is most definitely in a glass bowl of melted chocolate. Yesterday, I had a very Brown Day...!
It doesn't actually sound that appealing in reality. I can't stand brown bread for a start as it makes me gag and toasted brown bread is like eating cardboard. Why would anyone spoil a jolly good ham and mustard sarny by using brown bread? Gross. BUT, in this ice-cream you don't taste the bread, it is made into breadcrumbs to start with and then mixed with demerara sugar and ground hazelnuts and then toasted under the grill.
'Hello darling, did you have a good day?'
(A bit of unintelligible grunting follows)'What's for tea?'
'Veggie stir fry, egg noodles followed by brown bread ice-cream and chocolate brownies.'
'Oh my God! Really? REALLY? Yeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss! Thanks mum.'
Hmm, easily pleased anyway.
A bit more Brown is hidden in the cake tins for later. Or at least until H2 starts poking about and finds them.
75grams (3 ounces) wholemeal breadcrumbs
50grams (2 ounces) demerara sugar
50grams (2 ounces) hazelnuts, ground (you can use skinned or un-skinned as you like)
3 egg whites
125grams (4 ounces) caster sugar
About half a pint of double cream, lightly whipped
Hazelnuts, slightly chopped to decorate
Combine the breadcrumbs, demerara sugar and hazelnuts on a heatproof tray. Place under a hot grill until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool.
Whisk the egg whites until stiff then gradually whisk in the caster sugar. Fold the cream into the meringue with the breadcrumb mixture. Sprinkle the chopped hazelnuts on the top
Turn into a 1.2litre (2 pint) freezer proof mould, (I use a Celebrations tub). Cover and freeze until solid.
Remove from the freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
I really hope you enjoy making and eating this. I think it is a good ice-cream to have in the winter too and would go down well with Christmas pudding. Just a thought...
Have a good day and thank you for reading.xxx