Caramel Choux Buns

Delicious choux pastry filled with whipped double cream and topped with a caramel icing!! Mmmmmmm!!!

So the reason for these beauties stems from the inconsistent stock of our local supermarkets!  We’ve been shopping at Morrisons recently thanks to a discount card and due to my sure-fire stubborness I refuse to go elsewhere whilst the card is still in use.  The only trouble is they don’t stock one of our fave Friday night treats – Caramel Choux Buns…which for reference are amazing from ASDA and so calorific they can mostly only be deemed a weekend treat to reward you for a week of stress, chaos and general work related mayhem.  Long story cut short, after Morrisons causing Grant severe trauma and an overwhelming sense of loss, I agreed to make choux’s at home; having made profiteroles on a frequent basis.  Grant’s only stipulation ‘they MUST have caramel on top like ASDA do!’…YES BOSS! So here’s a simple recipe for choux’s which I hope you enjoy as much as I do…the final product is amazingly delicious and well worth the effort of baking fresh. Continue reading »

Caramel & Chocolate Ben & Jerry’s style Ice Cream…Ooooh served with caramelised bananas!

Ice cream a la ZoBird!

I LOVE ice cream…anybody who knows me, knows that besides cake, chocolate and various other sins ice cream is my ultimate indulgence.  Much to Di Meos delight in Whitley Bay; especially during the summer months, I frequent their establishment consuming all double creamy, frozen goodness until I feel sick with my bestie Ollie…Believe me it’s embarrassing when the whole Di Meo family know you!!!  Anyhoo…I went to Urban Outfitters and found the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.  Originally published in 1987 (so we’re talking pre-Caramel Chew Chew and pre-Phish food) this book is like every ice cream makers dream.  I will hasten to add that I would never refer to myself as an ice cream ‘maker’ passe, but now that I have made my first batch I believe that I should at least continue to produce such delicious delights and in turn be able to coin the term – ZoBird’s Ices…now that does have a ring to it, doesn’t it?!

So read on if you are brave and would like to trial out some Ben & Jerry action…IMPORTANT NOTE…this is a very easy recipe, you DO NOT need an ice cream maker and consequently may end up with an ice cream addiction paired with an ever-increasing waistband….Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Continue reading »