Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Monday, 28 December 2009

This is a really lovely wintery ice cream. We served it with our Christmas pudding but it would go equally well with a bread and butter pudding. 2010 is going to be my year for ice cream!

Brown Bread and Amaretto Ice Cream

Makes approx 600ml

5 egg yollks
100g caster sugar plus 2 heaped tbsp caster sugar
400ml double cream
200ml milk
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod
60g sultanas
200ml Amaretto
5 slices brown bread
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Whisk together the egg yolks and 100g caster sugar until light and very creamy. In a large heavy based saucepan, heat the cream, milk and vanilla and bring to the boil. Pour the hot cream over the whipped egg yolks and whisk again. Return to the pan for 2 - 3 minutes to thicken. Leave to cool completely then add half the Amaretto. Blitz the bread in a food processor to fine bread crumbs. Place the crumbs in a large saute pan and toast with the cinnamon and remaining 2 tbsp caster sugar until the bread is crispy, taking care that it does not burn. Heat the sultanas in a saucepan with the remaining Amaretto until the sultanas are plump and the alcohol has evaporated. All the crumbs and sultanas to cool completely. Churn the ice cream base in an ice cream maker until almost frozen and then add the sultanas and toasted crumbs. Churn until frozen and then store in the freezer until you are ready to eat.


Anonymous said...

That looks very good Hannah,Thank you for the book, Have a Happy new year for 2010. Sheila

Marie said...

Hannah, that ice cream looks fabulous!! I can't wait to see your new book. I just love your cake book, and that birthday cake you have shown us below is just the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. These people you make these lovely cakes for are very lucky indeed!! xxoo
PS Happy New Year, may the coming year be filled to overflowing with wonderful things for you and your dear husband!

Simba Eats said...


Hannah don't forget to put titles on your posts - when i read it through an rss feed i can't see any titles and thus its difficult to browse.

Mozart's Girl said...

Lovely looking ice cream Hannah! Yum. Also loved your account of your mammoth Christmas meal! Hope the wedding goes really well & Happy New Year xox Rachel

Andrea said...

Hannah that looks and sounds lovely except for one thing, I can't stand amaretto! Can you suggest an alternative alcohol or flavour that would still work ok?

Rita said...

Yum! Only going to get your book now ... I am slow I know, but looking forward to an ice cream book already! I want to bake more bread this year and want to learn to make the best Thai curry! Thinking of you and the wedding - may it be a wonderful celebration!

David Hall said...

Brown bread ice cream - I got slated off the 'experts' on MasterChef for making a brown bread ice cream! Ho ho ho! I love it though.

Cerys' pressie arrived this morning and it is fab. She is scribbling away as I type. Thanks again for thinking of her again hannah you sweety and I hope you both had a superb Christmas. Speak soon.

Love David, Helen and Cerys xxx

Katie said...

Wow that sound amazing. I love the added spices and Amaretto. Great idea.