flavours & recipes

‘HAY TEA’ ICE CREAM

I made this ice cream for our Hay Tea celebrations, after Ffarm Fach’s August 2007 mammoth haymaking session, where we brought in over 700 sweet-smelling bales of wonderful hay from Parc Cam & Parc Dan Fordd.  Beautifully simple & utterly delicious, it’s even good for lactose-intolerant sufferers as it’s made using goats’ milk & cream.  And it’s even better if you have your own fresh, free-range hens’ eggs as the flavour of the yolks adds an unsurpassed depth of flavour – no vanilla needed here! So here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

4 large egg yolks, 75g caster sugar; 300 ml fresh, full-cream goats’ milk; 300 ml double cream.

METHOD

Whisk the egg yolks & sugar together until thick & pale (it’s best to use a fork so that the mixture doesn’t become too frothy – but it does take some time & a stiff wrist…!).  Heat the milk until almost boiling & then pour it onto the eggs & sugar, stirring all the time using a wooden spoon.  Return the mixture to the pan & heat it gently, stirring continuously, until the custard just coats the back of the spoon – but don’t cook it for too long or the eggs will start to scramble.  Leave until cold (the mixture will cool more quickly if transferred to a clean bowl) then fold in the unbeaten cream.  Chill thoroughly for at least an hour.  Spoon or scrape the mixture into the ice cream machine, then freeze-churn until ready to serve.  Delicious enough for a bunch of hungry farmers to devour!

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SPICED HONEY ICE CREAM

I love a good honey ice cream; sadly though, they seem to be few & far between.  We sampled an excellent variety from New Quay Honey Farm whilst at the Royal Welsh Show, earlier in the year; hoping to recreate the experience we tried some from another local source whilst out on the coast but were wholly disappointed; the subtle honey flavour was not present & the ice cream was ruined with an overwhemingly soapy texture & taste.  I think it’s vital to get the right type of honey, balanced with the right type of sugar – I’m working on it & will let you know which turns out the best!  Start by making the basic ‘Hay Tea’ custard-cream (above); & we’ll take it from there….

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons local honey; 60g soft brown or light muscovado sugar; 1 tsp finely ground mixed spice; 150ml water; 2 egg whites; 600 ml Hay Tea chilled custard-cream.

METHOD

Put the honey, sugar, spices & water into a pan & heat gently until the sugar has dissolved completely.  Bring to the boil & cook for around 5 minutes until the mixture is syrupy.  Whisk the egg whites until stiff & slowly pour over the hot syrup, whisking vigorously all the time – an electric whisk is fine for this.  Continue whisking for about 5 minutes until the mixture is cool.  Fold in the pre-prepared custard (see above) & leave to chill for a further hour in the fridge.  Spoon or scrape the mixture into the ice cream machine, then freeze-churn until it’s ready to serve.  But watch out for the bees; it tastes so good they’ll want it back…!!

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FIGGIE PUDDING ICE CREAM

Bear with me please, folks; on its’ way ASAP!

CAPRICCINO ICE CREAM 

Professionally tested 23/05/08 – yummmm…!

LUXURY VANILLA ICE CREAM

Professionally tested 23/05/08 – purrfick.

LEMON MERINUGE ICE CREAM

RICH CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

COCOKIBANA ICE CREAM

CHOCOLATE COOKIE ICE CREAM

CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM

MOCHA ICE CREAM

COFFEE CREAM WALNUT ICE CREAM

‘RED HOT’ ICE CREAM

Here in Wales, this truly is an ice cream made for Dragons!  Traditional Mexican foods – chillies & chocolate – are a marriage made in Heaven.  Added to ice cream, the taste sensation is fascinatingly complex: fire & ice, all at the same time.  So here are two variations, one made with classic dark, bitter chocolate; & the other  – made with white chocolate – is lusciously creamy & with the addition of fresh chillies makes for a surprising contrast.  Please bear in mind this recipe is for goats’ milk therefore pure, whole milk powder is used to improve the overall body, texture & ‘mouthfeel’ of this ice cream without compromising the quality (basically it is exactly the same as using pure goats’ milk but in a more concentrated form).  I shall provide an alternative ingredients list below as a supplement for those using cows’ milk – but please be aware,  we’ve experimented & done the maths too – the recipe does not balance so whilst it’s great for immediate consumption I cannot guarantee its’ success if intended for long-term freezing!

INGREDIENTS (BITTER CHOCOLATE)

1 litre milk; 70g 35% (whipping) cream; 260g caster sugar; 112g egg yolk (approximately 6 large yolks); 20g whole milk powder; 1-2 small, dried chillies; 1 large cinnamon stick; 1 fresh habanaero chilli , very finely chopped (optional); 80g dark, bitter chocolate, finely chopped (of at least 70-75% cocoa solids).  If not consumed immediately, this ice cream will need a little time out of the freezer to soften to be enjoyed at its’ best: the high percentage of total solids (35.6%) will cause a denser freeze.

INGREDIENTS (WHITE CHOCOLATE)

1 litre milk; 70g 35% (whipping) cream; 160g dextrose/glucose; 100g caster sugar; 112g egg yolk (approximately 6 large yolks); 20g whole milk powder; 1-2 small, dried chillies; 1 large cinnamon stick; 1 fresh habanero chilli, very finely chopped (optional); 80g white chocolate (of around 22-24% quality).  N.B.  Dextrose is added to depress the freezing point of the ice cream whilst ensuring the mix is not too cloyingly sweet. 

METHOD (GENERIC)

Reconstitute the whole milk powder using a little of the cold milk, frothing it lightly with a balloon whisk until the mixture is as smooth as milk.  Add to the remaining milk & heat with the dried chillies & cinnamon until almost boiling.  Remove from the heat, cover & leave to infuse for at least 20 minutes.

Whisk the egg yolks & sugar (& if used, dextrose) together until thick & pale. Remove the seasonings from the milk, then reheat it until it is almost boiling.  Add the finely-chopped chocolate to the milk, & stir until it has melted completely.  Pour the chocolate mixture onto the eggs, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.  Heat the mixture gently over a pan of hot (but NOT boiling!) water for around 3-4 minutes, until slightly thickened.  (N.B.  Do NOT be tempted to heat this mixture over direct heat as it may burn).

Leave the resultant custard until it is cold; then chill rapidly & age thoroughly, overnight if possible.

Just prior to freeze-churning, lightly whip the cream until it is dense & floppy, then fold into the chilled custard.  Carefully spoon the mixture into your ice-cream machine, & freeze-churn until ready to serve although you’ll need to add the fresh-chopped habanero chilli (if desired) to the ice cream just before freeze-churning is complete. 

Next, enjoy the fireworks….!

INGREDIENTS (SUPPLEMENTAL

300ml/10 floz milk; 300ml/ 10 fl oz 48% (double or heavy) cream; 50g caster sugar; 72g egg yolk (approximately 4 large yolks); 1-2 small, dried chillies; 1 large cinnamon stick; 1 fresh habanero chilli, very finely chopped (optional); 100g white chocolate (of around 22-24% quality). 

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RUM BANANA TWIST ICE CREAM

WILD STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM

NATURAL STRAWBERRIES & CREAM GELATO

SIMPLY STRAWBERRY GELATO

SUMPTUOUS STRAWBERRY GELATO

DELICIOUSLY NATURAL SUMPTUOUS STRAWBERRY GELATO

APPLE & CINNAMON ICE CREAM

VICTORIA PLUM & CINNAMON ICE CREAM

BLACKBERRY ICE CREAM

BLACK MOUNTAIN BLAEBERRY ICE CREAM

BROWN BREAD ICE CREAM

BARA BRITH ICE CREAM

CHRISTMAS PUDDING ICE CREAM

GINGERBREAD ICE CREAM

BRANDIED EGGNOG ICE CREAM

NECTARINE FROZEN YOGURT

RASPBERRY FROZEN YOGURT

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE FROZEN YOGURT

TANGERINE SHERBERT

MANGO SHERBERT

WATERMELON SHERBERT

CHOCOLATE ORANGE CHIP SHERBERT

CAPRICCINO SHERBERT

LEMONADE SHERBERT

STRAWBERRY & KIWI SORBET

HONEYDEW MELON SORBET

ORANGE & APRICOT SORBET

LEMON & LIME SORBET

MOCHA SORBET

CREME BRULEE ICE CREAM

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11 Responses to flavours & recipes

  1. Jeannie says:

    Hello!

    Do you happen to have the recipe for Red Hot icecream?

    Thanks,

    Jeannie

  2. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Hi Jeannie –

    yes; I’ve added it below, especially for you. Enjoy!

    • jane says:

      i have hunted for years for a recipe for red hot cinnamon ice cream i saw on your site you have a recipe would it be possible for me to get a copy

  3. Rose says:

    How is your cheese production going? Have you got the new dairy going yet?
    Have not heard from you recently so presume production must be going flat out. Will you be running an advertising campaign – I have tried that. It is most exhausting.
    Rose

  4. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Hi there ‘Rose’ –

    alas, I wish production WAS flat-out: but until we get our milking parlour installed & approved by the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate, we cannot produce anything for sale. However, we have been working on product development….

    …..& are hopeful for a major launch in July, which really will be whistles & bells – so watch this space…!

  5. Rose says:

    Hi!
    Have you decided on an advertising campaign yet or are you going to just trust to knocking on doors?
    The first can come out rather pricey and the latter rather hit and miss.

    I also found that packaging and presentation, although essential to presenting product to the public can add quite considerably to the costings.
    In some cases this can mean that the box costs more than the contents! The other main difficulty, as seen by small manufacturers is the large minimum quanties that packaging printers and box manufacturers often require. Understandable from their end with set up costs etc but not very helpful to the struggling small business.

    Rose

  6. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Hi ‘Rose’,

    I really cannot comment on this because – sorry – it is of course, “Commercial In Confidence” at this stage. Regards to Sylvia, BTW. 😉

    Hi Lucy –

    mmmm, hot veggie soup on a cold, wet day – just the ticket! Hope it helped the aches & pains with your back…but well worth the effort, your veg plot looks fantasic in spite of Yoko’s creative gardening!

  7. Rose says:

    I am sorry. I really do not understand your answer.
    Rose

  8. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Apologies,

    I thought that as you have run a business in the past, you’d understand the term “Commercial In Confidence”.

    Essentially, there are certain aspects of what we’re doing here, that need to be kept ‘under wraps’: some won’t be divulged until the launch; others, alas, never.

    Whilst we’re happy to share much of what we’re doing – particularly on the smallholding front – with those who are interested & in particular hope that by doing so others can avoid the mistakes we’ve unwittingly made, we are running a business here & it would be unwise to lay bare every last detail.

    For example, the precise manner in which we craft our produce shall never be revealed; it is what makes us unique in a highly competitive market & I’m sure everyone respects & appreciates that.

    I wholeheartedly agree about the frustrating way in which small businesses are inevitably penalised by inflated start-up costs – but whilst with us there are no half measures & we employed a professional design agency to assist with our branding at least you can rest assured that the simple, recyclable packaging we use cost far less to make than the delicious produce contained therein – we’d never sacrifice quality for the sake of a pretty label!

    Incidentally I’d be grateful if you could share with us a little information about the nature of the business you were (or maybe still are?) in – as a fledgeling company ourselves I find such discourse invariably enlightening; & it would doubtless also benefit any of our wider readership embarking on similar ventures.

  9. susie6 says:

    Just what I was looking for, goat milk ice cream recipes, I will definitely try some of these.

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