Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake

There is ice cream, there is cake and then there are ice cream cakes. They feel extravagant, terrifyingly decadent and worthy of only the best of celebrations. Enjoy (and I'm talking to you Catriona). 


Prep Time – 35 minutes + 3 hours freezing
Cook Time – 45 minutes
Serves 8-10

75g Cocoa powder
4 medium eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
300g Self-raising flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
400g Caster sugar
50ml Sunflower oil
250g Unsalted butter, very soft, plus extra for greasing
1 x 500ml Tub Judes Salted Caramel Ice Cream
100ml Double Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tbsp. Unsalted butter
100g Dark chocolate
A selection of dried fruits, including apricots, pecans, dates and glace cherries.

You will also need 3 x 23cm cake tins

1. Begin by allowing the tub of ice cream to soften slightly. Line one of your cake tins with cling film and empty the ice cream into the tin. Using a spatula, level out the ice cream and place in the freezer to re-freeze.
2. Next, make the cakes.  Preheat the oven to 180oc, fan 160oc, gas 4. Grease the remaining 2 x 23cm round cake tins and line with baking parchment.
3. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder with 200ml boiling water and stir until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs with the vanilla extract and 90ml water until combined, then set aside.
4. In another bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and caster sugar. Add the cocoa mixture and the oil and butter. Beat for 1 minute using an electric hand mixer. Gradually add the egg mixture, whisking well after each addition. Divide the mixture between the 2 cake tins. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in to the cakes comes out clean, Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.
5. For the chocolate ganache, gently heat the cream, vanilla extract, butter and chocolate in a heavy-based pan. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the mixture until smooth and thickened.
6. When you are ready to assemble the cakes, simply remove the ice cream ‘disc’ from the freezer. Unwrap and place on top of one of the cooled cakes. Top with the remaining cake. Spread the ganache icing on top of your cake and decorate with a pile of dried fruit. Just before going to the table, use a palate knife to smooth off the edges and make the ice cream flush with the cake.

7. Eat straightaway.


This Week's Favourite Instagram Shot.

I'm excited to tell you that development for my new book has begun in earnest. I'm spending my evenings trawling through recipe books and eating out whenever funds and babysitters allow. I'm going to keep the subject a little under wraps for the next few months but just to say, there might be a slow cooked pork belly with fennel, cider, butter beans and shallots. Here is a shot of my first, completed recipe. Deep breath and bring on the next five months. 


Roasted Pumpkin with Freekeh, Chestnut, Feta & Parsley

The change in Seasons between the warm summer and dusky autumn always seems the starkest of the four. Long days are squeezed into seemingly shorter hours, coldness bites and our menus shift from vibrant citrus to a russet palette. 

We’ve had change in our home. My husband has abandoned his long, disheartening commute in favour of working closer to home so we have him for a more minutes in each day. Even these relatively few moments lift the atmosphere and make the days feel simpler for me; I’m able to indulge in food a little more easily and have verve enough to cook for us all.

My youngest baby seems only to eat orange food at the moment so he is in heaven with October’s bounty of carrots, squash and pumpkin, I feel like I’m roasting them every day. So this recipe is an ode to him, though I’m not sure what he would make of parsley and freekah. 

This salad is a flawless, auburn Autumnal number. Sweet pumpkin and chestnuts with sour feta and plenty of fresh parsley. I’ve used a gorgeous blue pumpkin; they have a robust flavour and a sweet sticky texture ideal for roasting. And Meet Freekeh – the Middle Eastern grain that is stacked full of protein, very easy to make and has an unusual smoky taste when cooked (once picked, the wheat is roasted over fire to burn away the husks). It is becoming widely available and worth seeking out. But don’t panic if you can’t find it, use cous cous or barley.

We ate this for dinner with nothing more than a glass of water and a bar of dark chocolate for pudding. I hope you all enjoy it.


SERVES – 4-6

1 medium pumpkin, peeled and sliced into crescents
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
50g Freekeh (alternatively cous cous or barley)
1 onion, sliced
180g Merchant Gormet Whole Chestnuts, roughly chopped
1 tbsp rosemary, roughly chopped
100g Feta, crumbled
A handful of Parsley, leaves picked
2 tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard

1. Preheat the oven to 200C, fan 180C, gas 6. 
2. Arrange the pumpkin on two baking trays. Drizzle the 1 tbsp. olive oil over the crescents and gently coat before sprinkling over the chilli flakes. Roast in the hot oven for 30-35 minutes or until the crescents begin to caramelize. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
3. Bring a medium pot of water to boil and add the freekeh. Bring back to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the grains are al dente. Drain excess water and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in large frying pan over a high heat. Add the sliced onion and fry for 2-3 minutes, until softened before stirring through the chestnuts and rosemary. Continue to cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
5. Get your dressing ready by whisking (or vigorously shaking) the crushed garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Taste and adjust according to your pallet, this is the moment to trust your own opinion.
6. Place the squash crescents in a large mixing bowl and add the freekeh, fried onion and chestnuts. Add the parsley leaves and half the crumbled feta. Pour over the dressing and very gently, mix with your hands until the ingredients are combined.
7. Arrange the salad on a platter, season with salt and black pepper and garnish with the remaining crumbled feta and a few extra parsley leaves.  


Tarragon, Apple & Barley Salad from Krissy @ Cottage Farm!

I’m Krissy from Cottage Farm and I have the pleasure of posting here today on Fuggle Antics. We decided to exchange recipes and share them on our respective blogs. I jumped at the chance! It is such a lovely way to foster creativity and meet new people. On my own blog, I try to find something to inspire each post. Typically it is something very simple and quite often it comes from a conversation or meeting with another creative individual. I often find a simple conversation, a word that’s used or an ingredient mention, can plant the seed of an idea.

The recipe below was inspired by one of these conversations. A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend about overlooked and underused herbs tarragon was at the top of the list. It is a lovely wispy herb which smacks with a sharp grassy acidity and a lovely anise or licorice type flavour. I since set about working on a recipe to showcase this beautiful herb and hopefully bring something new to the table. I found it to pair well with many autumnal ingredients like pumpkin, mushrooms and potatoes but was most excited about the way it tasted with apple. Crispy sweet and sharp, the apple really plays off the earthier flavours of the tarragon. For this salad, make sure to use an apple with good acidity and firm sweet flesh.

It is up to you if you want to peel them or not, but I like the texture of the peel left on.

I used barley to round out the salad but something like nutty farro works equally well. Remember to soak your grains overnight, in clean cool water and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help break down the phytic acid. This will help to get the most nutrients out of the grains and make them easier to digest.

Rinse them again in cold water before cooking.


Serves 4-6

250 g Barley, washed and soaked overnight
5 cloves
3 bay leaves
1 star anise
¼ cup loose packed fresh tarragon leaves
½ small red onion, diced
2 small to medium apples, chopped core and seeds removed
1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp toasted fennel seeds, crushed.
¼ powdered ginger
Juice from half a lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil

In a small skillet toast the fennel seeds over medium high heat until they are just fragrant.

Remove from heat and grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.

Place the cloves, bay leaves and star anise in a pot of water. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat and slowly add in the rinsed and drained barley. Let the pot return to a boil then turn the heat back to simmer. Cook the barley 12 15
minutes or until soft but still toothsome. Drain and discard the cloves, star anise and bay leaves, leave barley to cool and dry.

Place the red onion in the bottom of a nonreactive bowl and pour the salt, fennel seed, ginger, apple cider vinegar and rice wine vinegar over the top. Add the chopped apple and pour over the lemon juice. Toss well to combine making sure the apple it well coated in the mixture so it does not brown.

Add the barley combine gently, then mix through the tarragon leaves and the olive oil.

Taste and season with more salt if desired.