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For a long time, I have looked for a simple recipe for homemade ice-cream, which could be whipped up quickly and without an ice-cream maker. To no avail: every sort of ice cream I tried came out hard as stone after a few hours in the freezer. Until finally, yesterday I stumbled upon a winner. My husband and I both loved it – my husband even went as far as to say this was the most delicious ice-cream he ever tasted.
The original recipe can be found here, on this great website which most of you can't enjoy because you don't read Hebrew. You can also find a picture if you follow the link – I didn't put in a picture of my ice-cream because, to be frank, my choice of a freezing tray wasn't very successful – it was too wide, and my finished product looked more like a flat cake than anything else. Tasted wonderfully, but wasn't very impressive to look at!
So, here goes. The following only makes about four servings (for the ice-cream lovers, who can't help but do justice to this wonderful dessert), so next time I plan to double the quantities:
1 cup of whipping cream (or a standard-size container of 250 ml)
2 tbsp instant pudding powder
1\2 cup milk
4 tbsp walnut, chocolate or halva spread – I used chocolate. I think it's possible to experiment and use mashed berries or any type of unsalted nut butter, or any other flavor you choose.
2 tbsp liqueur or brandy (I used banana liqueur). The alcohol plays an important part, as it prevents the ice-cream from freezing solid.
Whip the cream and instant pudding until firm. Stir in milk, chocolate spread (or whatever you choose to use), and liqueur/brandy. Then beat it all up some more with an electric beater until you get smooth cream. Pour it into a container and pop into the freezer for several hours or overnight.
Don't forget to scrub out the remaining cream from the bowl and eat it together with your little one(s). :o)