Review: ‘Melt’ by Claire Kelsey: ice cream for grown ups

Melt by Claire Kelsey

Melt by Claire Kelsey

So finally the sun is shining, and if you like tinkering in the kitchen, I think you’ll love this book.

Claire Kelsey’s a bit of a rising star as far as street food is concerned.  Her beautifully refurbished retro ice cream van,  ’Ginger’ has been gracing the trendiest festivals with her distinctly grown up ice creams, and now Claire has published a book with loads of her favourite, funky ice cream recipes.

The flavours move well away from plain old vanilla and sickly strawberry – in this gorgeous book you’ll find pea and mint sorbet, and marmalade on toast – a flavour that won ‘Best Dessert’ at the British Street Food Awards.

 

Garden mint and chocolate crisp ice cream

Garden mint and chocolate crisp ice cream

I had a go at recreating Claire’s garden mint and chocolate crisp ice cream.  I love that her ice creams start with proper custard.

You may well balk at using 6 eggs and double cream in a recipe, but in my view this is just how ice cream should be, not full of emulsifiers and vegetable oil.

My garden mint was just springing up when I made it and wasn’t very strongly flavoured, but the finished ice cream was luscious and fresh tasting and the bit where you drizzle on the chocolate was great fun too.  I don’t have an ice cream maker but Claire gives easy instructions and the result had a lovely, soft texture.  I’ll be trying it again when my mint has grown up a bit!

Melt, by Claire Kelsey, published by Simon and Schuster is out now. RRP £18.99

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