With Summer well and truly here and Christmas just around the corner I’ve been dreaming up delicious things that I can make for my family for Christmas day. I’ve always found the idea of Christmas pudding on a hot summers day just a little too much, they’re absolutely amazing just a little too much especially after being in a warm kitchen all day. So I thought what could be more perfect than a Christmas Ice Cream Cake, generously filled with some of my favourite ingredients. This wonderfully simple and beautiful ice cream cake is so lovely for any celebration - and the best part is that you can add what ever flavours you like. x
Line the base of a springform pan with baking paper - simply take the pan apart, lay the paper onto the base and put the pan back together, that way you’ll have a neat finish.
Using either a food processor or blender - crush the ginger nuts until fine crumbs form, you may need to do half the packet first and then the other half as they’re tough biscuits. Once fine crumbs are formed, add the melted butter and pulse to combine. Press the crumb mixture into the base of your springform pan and place into the freezer.
Allow your ice cream to soften at room temperature while you chop up the chocolate and crush the pistachio nuts. Once it starts to soften around the side of the tub, scoop into a mixing bowl of a electric mixer gently mix on a low speed until smooth. Add in the vanilla bean paste, crushed pistachio nuts and white chocolate and mix until combined - turn the mixer off and using a spatular very gently fold the freeze dried raspberries into your ice cream, you want them to stay whole. Pour your ice cream into the springform pan and level the top, you can gently drop the pan onto you counter top to make sure the ice cream is completely settled, decorate with the remaining raspberries and pistachio nuts and cover the tin tightly with tin foil. Place back into the freezer for at least four hours, over night is better, before running a hot knife around the edge of the tin to gently remove the springform. Slice, serve immediately and enjoy. x