Frozen Banana Lollies

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (August 2016)

Just as sweet as commercial ice cream, but with natural, nutritious ingredients, this is a gorgeously creamy, family-friendly summer treat.

Banana lollies

Makes : 6

Ingredients :
400ml coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
2 large bananas, peeled
2 tblsp runny honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tblsp shredded coconut
Handful of chopped hazelnuts
Extra shredded coconut, if you like, for dipping

Step One : Pour half of the milk into a food processor and add the bananas, honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, then process until smooth.   In a bowl, whisk together the remaining coconut milk and vanilla extract.

Step Two : Divide the banana mixture between six lolly moulds.  Layer the coconut mixture on top of the banana mixture, then leave in the freezer for at least 6 hours or until completely frozen.

Step Three : Remove the lollies from their moulds by dipping them in warm water for 10 seconds.

Step Four : Tip the chopped hazelnuts (or shredded coconut) into a deep bowl, then dip the top 5-8 cm of each lolly into the nuts to coat.

Step Five : Place the lollies back in the freezer to set.  They will be ready after 5 minutes.

Apple Curd Sorbet

A recipe by Gary Rhodes

Here is a variation on a lemon curd using apples which I use to make a sorbet.  You can even try the curd on its own spread over pancakes or scones.

Serves:  4

Ingredients:  Apple Curd:  2 lb (900g) apples, peeled, cored and chopped; 8oz (225g) butter; 8oz (225g) caster cane sugar; 1 tsp lemon juice; 1 egg, size 2; 3 egg yolks, size 2.

Sorbet:  4oz (100g) caster cane sugar; 8oz (225g) apple curd

  • To make the apple curd, place the apples in a large pan with 2 tblsp wate rand simmer for about 12 minutes until cooked through and soft.  Pass the apple through a sieve.
  • Place the apple, butter, caster cane sugar and lemon juice in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.  Once the butter has just melted, mix together the mixture.  Add the egg and the egg yolks and continue to cook and stir for 15-20 minutes until thickened.  Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl and cover with waxed paper.  Allow to cool, then refrigerate.
  • To make the sorbet, mix the caster cane sugar with 10 fl oz (300ml) water in a pan and boil until you have a syrup.  Mix 5 fl oz (150ml) of the syrup with the apple curd in a stainless-steel bowl, place in the freezer and whisk every 5-10 minutes until frozen.  If you have an ice cream machine, process for between 20-30 minutes.
  • As an alternative to the sorbet, you can make apple curd ice cream, which is really rich and creamy.  Instead of mixing the apple curd with the syrup, just add 2 tblsp crème fraiche and 1 tblsp natural yoghurt.  Finish as for the sorbet.