Saturday, July 30, 2011

Forever Nigella: Iced Dreams



Summer is hot and that means ice cream is a freezer necessity.  I love that this month’s Forever Nigella theme, host by Soul Curry, is “iced dreams”.  We’re challenged to create one of Nigella’s cold desserts.  It took me most of the month to decide what I wanted to do, but after seeing this picture I was hooked:

cheesecake ice cream


Nigella has here given us her version of Cheesecake Ice Cream sandwiched between two digestive biscuits.  Digestives are very similar to graham crackers, although not as thin.  In Britain, they are used to make the crust for cheesecakes as we do with graham crackers here in the States.  You can find Digestives at World Market and other stores that sell international foods.  Of course, if you can’t find them, plain graham crackers crumbled into the ice cream would be delicious as Nigella suggests doing when she gives the recipe here:

Nigella Lawson’s Cheesecake Ice Cream


This has all the goodness of cheesecake with the cool, creaminess that only ice cream can deliver.  It makes about a quart of ice cream.  I store my ice cream in plastic take-out containers.  Pioneer Woman has a little post about these containers.  These babies really come in handy. 

If you’re planning on making these sandwiches, it’s a good idea to make them, then return to the freezer to harden a little.  Otherwise, when you take a bite the ice cream will ooze out all around.

One other note on Digestives: they are great for kids.  Liam, who isn’t quite one year especially enjoys them.  They are yum!  You can also find them dipped in chocolate.  Those are certainly worth searching for; you’ll thank me later.

(We have a nice coincidence here; today is National Cheesecake Day.  I celebrated without realizing!)

Forever Nigella Rules:

The current theme is “Iced Dreams” runs until Sunday July 31st. The current host is Arthi at Soul Curry. For more details read the current announcement post.

A reminder of the rules:

Forever Nigella #7 “Iced Dreams”Challenge:

To prepare and blog any Nigella recipe for a chilled or iced dessert. Not just ice cream, any dessert served ice cold will do!
Deadline: Sunday, July 31st 2011 at midnight wherever you are.
Round up: By the next weekend.

There are:

  • No rules about how often you must take part
  • No rules about stuff being secret until certain dates
  • No rules that everyone cook exactly the same thing
  • No rules about not being able to submit to any other blog events – just check it doesn’t contravene the other guys’ rules

But there are 3 rules:
1. Blog your entry by the deadline including:
a) the current Forever Nigella badge
b) a link to the current host
c) a link to the official Forever Nigella page at Maison Cupcake:

2. So not to breach Nigella’s copyright you must NOT reproduce recipes verbatim as shown in her books. If using an original Nigella recipe, tell us which book it is from and/or where we find it online (see most likely sites below). If you’ve adapted the recipe in some way i.e. changed at least two ingredients or amended the method then it’s ok to publish the a recipe in your post but you MUST write the directions in your own words.

3. Tell us about your post by emailing the current host at “debugcookingATgmailDOTcom”  and c.c. to “sarah AT maisoncupcake DOT com” with:
a) your name
b) URL of your post
c) a photo no more than 300 pixels wide.

Don’t forget to tweet your post with the hashtag #forevernigella – I will retweet all those I see!

N.B. Your entry must have been published since the announcement post. You may only submit something from your archives if you republish it as a new post.

If you don’t have any Nigella books check out these resources online:

Nigella’s official site:
BBC Food:
Channel 4 Food:
UKTV Good Food Channel:
Food Network:
Daily Mail:


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Unknown said...

This ice cream looks super and I bet it's really tasty with digestive biscuits. Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella!

Kate@whatkatebaked said...

What a great way to celebrate National Cheesecake Day (surely the best day there is??)