After a massively long and busy summer holiday, I’m back in the blogging seat again. Every morning that I was home during these holidays I would wake up with the best intention of adding a post, only to be sideswiped by teenager plans or rather let me be honest, running a free taxi service to friends houses and the train station. Blogging is made up of so many elements, that on a good day it can take me almost a whole day to pull together a post, on a bad day….well let us rather not go there. Between shopping for ingredients, creating and testing the recipe, styling and plating, photographing, editing, posting aaaaand driving teenagers around, I hope that I have earned your forgiveness for my absence from the last few months.
Anyhow, this ice-cream is my grand re-entry back into normality and routine, and I’m really hoping you won’t be disappointed? I posted a teaser picture last night on instagram and the response to the flavour was really great, and trust me it is as delicious as it sounds. Blackberries are in season at the moment and are just everywhere from the farmers markets to the bushes in our woods. There is an elderly gentleman that lives in our road and everyday he walks off with a plastic bag returning hours later with a big fat bulge of blackberries, one day I will pluck up the courage to ask him what he does with them.
So the coffee flavour? Well I was at my favourite gym TurnFit and when I’m working out it gives me a great opportunity to think of recipes and flavours. Knowing that I was going to make a blackberry ice-cream I was battling with a complimenting flavour to enhance the blackberries, once finished and waiting for the lovely barrista to make my celebratory cup of coffee the idea hit me….blackberry and coffee, what a perfect combination of smokiness and tartness, so I cheekily asked for the coffee grounds and rushed home to make it.
I do also need to warn you, blackberries are incredibly messy to work with, and your kitchen may look like a murder scene by the time you have finished. I suggest wearing an apron and if you have white marble counters like me, keep a damp cloth on hand to wipe away any splashes immediately.
- In a food processor using the S blade, add the blackberries and coconut and pulse until the blackberries are broken up and smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and run the processor until the mixture is smooth.
- Taste and tweek the flavours to preference (you may want to add more maple syrup or coffee)
- Transfer into a serving dish and leave in the freezer for about 30min until firm and scoopable.
- If left in the freezer for a longer period, it will be needed to taken out earlier than serving to soften.