Wow, what a scorcher! It’s sweltering here so we need as much cooling down as possible. In the UK we’re not really set up for true heat, so rather than having the benefit of air conditioning everywhere, we’ve got to get by with cold drinks and doing as little hot cooking as possible.
While there are so many fantastic dairy-free ice creams available these days (how things have changed in the past 10 years or so!), sometimes you need something a bit lighter and fresher. This simple three ingredient summer berry ‘fro-yo’ is light, refreshing, and yet creamy and utterly delicious. It takes only minutes to prepare followed by a couple of hours in the freezer, and there you have the perfect refreshing summer pudding.
Not only does it involve just three ingredients but they are ones that that you are likely to have in, which means a beautiful frozen dessert is always within reach. By all means use any frozen fruit you have to hand, but the tartness of the berries gives an extra cooling tang which is welcome on a mid-30 degrees kind of day!
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, can be soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)
250g frozen berries
2-4 tbsps icing sugar
1 tbsp water
250g dairy-free yogurt, ideally Greek style
In a food processor or high speed blender blitz together the frozen berries and icing sugar and 1 tbsp water. You will end up with a granular paste.
Add the Greek-style yogurt and blitz until smooth and uniform. Freeze for an hour. Stir and freeze for another hour. Easy, no? Enjoy 😊
We’re just entering strawberry season in the UK and at this time of year our strawberries are simply divine – sweet, juicy and nothing tastes more of an early English summer. Big S has been a bit ill for a while – some nasty virus with a sore raspy throat and regular high temperatures – all just when the weather turned nice which always makes it seem like a double blow. She’s definitely on the mend now and hopefully will get her appetite back soon – she even didn’t have any of Little S’s welcome home chocolate cake for 3 days. Things have been bad!
This sweet, flavoursome and icy granita did tempt her though, soothing her sore throat and cleverly disguising a healthy portion of gorgeous fresh strawberries.
Granita is the intimate refreshing pudding and perfect if you don’t have an ice cream machine – all you need is a little time and patience, a Tupperware box and a freezer and you’re ready to go!
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)
250g strawberries, washed and hulled
100g caster sugar
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Blend and sieve the strawberries to make a smooth puree
Mix together all the ingredients and warm gently in a saucepan to dissolve the sugar
Transfer to a tupperware box. Place in the freezer.
Every hour or so, stir with fork to rough up any ice crystals. It should be ready after about 4-5 hours.
Make sure it is thoroughly ‘forked through’ and you should be able to dip into the container at a later date. If it has frozen solid, defrost in the fridge for half an hour or so before forking though and serving.