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{Day 25} Fresh mint and Oreo ice cream for Christmas

Only 2 months ’till Christmas!

When I first saw the Royal Selangor jelly mould it reminded me of a cute little Christmas tree and I knew I had to make a themed dish for the occasion.

In Australia Christmas falls right in the middle of summer – imagine poor Santa sweating away in his thick red coat and heavy leather boots! Needless to say, with temperatures soaring, cold treats are always a popular refreshment.

Since the kids’ favourite ice cream flavour is choc mint (and Lizzy Good Thingsit seems), I wasn’t going to argue when they asked me to churn some in the new Cuisinart ice cream maker we received for testing from Kitchenware Direct. The machine, which is pink and helps raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation , comes with a recipe booklet covering a good range of frozen treats. The following has been adapted from that booklet.

Unlike store-bought choc mint ice creams that are flavored with mint essence or artificial mint flavouring, the fresh mint in this version really comes through. And there isn’t a better pairing to mint than chocolate, in the form of chocolate Oreo cookie crumbs of course!

With a Cadbury Flake as a trunk, this really is Christmas in a cone! I’m sure Santa would approve? Speaking of Santa, sort of, the winner of the Lorna Jane $50 gift card giveaway is… Christine! Make sure to use the voucher on Thursday to help support the McGrath Foundation!

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Makes 1 cone + 500ml extra

Fresh mint and Oreo ice cream for Christmas

Adapted from the Cuisinart ice cream maker recipe booklet. For a milder flavour, remove mint leaves before the second cooking. Otherwise, blend the leaves with an immersion blender for a full-bodied minty freshness.

For the ice cream – part 1:

  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup fresh packed mint leaves

For the ice cream – part 2:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar

For the churning:

  • 4 chocolate Oreo cookies
  • green food colouring

To serve:

  • 1 Cadbury Flake bar
  • choc chips
  • silver cachous

Pre-freeze your ice cream maker bowl overnight, or according to manufacturer’s instructions.

To make the ice cream – part 1: in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, whisk together the milk, cream, half the sugar, salt and vanilla. Bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and add mint leaves. Allow to steep for 30 minutes or so.

Remove the leaves for a milder flavour, otherwise blend them into the cream with an immersion blender – you will strain them out later so they don’t need to be superfine. Return to low heat, in the meantime prepare the yolks.

To make the ice cream – part 2: Combine the yolks and sugar in a measuring jug and whisk with an elecric mixer until light, fluffy and roughly doubled in size.

Once the cream mixture has come up to a boil again, remove it from the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture about 1/3  at a time into the cream. Return to low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture has thickened slightly and coats the back of the spoon. Do NOT bring to a boil, as the egg will scramble.

Pour the mixture through a fine sieve to remore mint leaves. Bring to room temperature, then cover with cling film and chill in the fridge 1-2 hours, or overnight.

To churn the ice cream: pour mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker. Add a few drops of green food colouring and churn for about 15 minutes, or until thickened. When almost done, add crushed Oreo cookies.

To serve: spoon ice cream into the jelly mould and place half a Flake bar into the middle to make the Christmas tree’s trunk. Allow to set in the freezer for about 1 hour. Remove from mould, place over a shot glass then press gently onto the rim. Decorate with choc chips and silver cachous. Enjoy!

Remaining ice cream should be placed in an airtight container and into the freezer. Remove 10 minutes before serving to soften.

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38 comments

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) October 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

Adorable! I absolutely love the use of Flake as a trunk. This would be lots of fun for kids to decorate as well – provided it all doesn’t melt or get eaten too quickly =p

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ChopinandMysaucepan October 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

Looks like a beautiful summer treat. At the beginning we thought we would make a fair bit if ice cream but seems like all of us have only done a few. Amazing how we are only 2 months from Christmas and you have ignited the spirit 🙂

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Nic October 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

This is such a stunning Christmas treat idea!

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Timothy R October 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

Mint and Oreos? Great idea and well executed.

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Anne S October 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

This recipe and use of the mould is my favourite of all! Now I want one. I wonder if I promised to make this for Santa, would he bring me one?

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Wholesome Cook October 25, 2011 at 9:31 pm

If you ask nicely he just might.

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shez October 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

Your ice-cream Christmas tree is absolutely adorable and I applaud your bravery for photographing ice-cream during such a sweltering day.

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Wholesome Cook October 25, 2011 at 9:45 am

Thanks, it was not easy! I was hoping it would stand on the flake but it was a little top heavy so had to stick it back in the freezer and improvise with the shot glass. But I love the final product! It looks very classy!

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Three-Cookies October 25, 2011 at 10:07 am

Merry Christmas to you. I know its two months early but I wanted to be the first to send my wishes:) Great creation, winter is coming here but I will want this dessert

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Wholesome Cook October 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Oh thank you! That’s very kind of you and Merry Christmas to you too 🙂

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Mez October 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

There is literally nothing more refreshing and delicious to me as a naughty treat than CHOCOLATE and MINT together. SO good.

You’re right, the mold does look like a Christmas tree! This recipe is a great Christmas day dessert alternative to pudding or even Christmas pudding ice cream (which I also LOVE).

xox

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sara October 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

This looks so good! I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, and this is such a sophisticated version! A great idea to use real mint leaves. Yum! 🙂

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Amanda O'Neill October 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

A very very very belated “Congratulations” on being invited to present recipes for the challenge. What a thrill and privilege and certainly well deserved. Although I haven’t specifically commented, I’ve been enthralled by your creations and enjoyed seeing them first thing prior to attacking the working day.
This one I’ll be making for sure. Apologies for my lack of commentary, I’ve been so busy with work – ask Chippy, he’ll confirm 🙂
Go well!!

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Wholesome Cook October 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Thank you Amanda! You’ll be able to dust off that ice cream maker of yours 🙂 “Chippy” = LOL

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lateraleating October 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

Chocolate and mint are one of those combos that people either love or hate… I definitely love it!

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TasteFood October 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I don’t think I can wait until Christmas for this!

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Courtney October 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Creative! I love the Christmas tree idea – and fresh mint is so much tastier than the fake stuff.

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Sharni October 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Did you use any specific type of mint? I’m really keen to try this!

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Mel October 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I thought the same when I first saw the mould, so festive! Lovethe “decorations” and the Flake trunk.

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Lizzy (Good Things) October 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

You have almost outdone yourself, lovely lady! Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm!!! You are right, I love mint ice-cream and thanks ever so much for the shout out! What a wonderful blog you have,

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Bam's Kitchen October 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I think your last picture says it all….an empty bowl! Delicious and Devoured!

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Emily October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I want to fall asleep and wake up on Christmas day, after my hubby has made this ice cream for me… plus there is leftovers.

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Sarah October 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm

OMG! The best flavour ever, ESPECIALLY with Oreo. Choc chip and mint is so yesterday. Very creative presentation too.

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TC October 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

Cute! But it must have been dripping like crazy while you were trying to take photos.

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Wholesome Cook October 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

It was a little tough, had to pop back in the freezer a couple of times while I worked out how to keep the tree upright. The shot glass looked great and did the job!

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sprint2thetable October 26, 2011 at 4:26 am

Such a fantastic idea! It makes we want to decorate one of these instead of a real tree – I bet the clean up is much more fun. 🙂

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Ming October 26, 2011 at 4:38 am

Mint and chocolate is one of my fave ice cream combo. 🙂

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Sissi October 26, 2011 at 7:05 am

It’s such an amazing idea for your hot Christmas! I suppose it would be difficult to find a more refreshing combination than mint and ice-cream. I still haven’t tasted Oreo biscuits, but have already seen them in one shop here… I’m scared I will get addicted (they sound and look very appealing).

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Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Best Christmas tree ever!

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Karen | Citrus and Candy October 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Hands down this is my favourite of your ‘Jelly Mould’ challenge. Mint and oreo ice cream? Love! The Xmas tree with a tree trunk flake? Love love! And your photo of the tree on the glass? *dies*

If that was me, that ice cream would be a puddle of mess before the first camera click lol! Love your work Martyna 😀

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Wholesome Cook October 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Oh thanks Karen – very kind of you to say so! *faints*

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bakingjenn October 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

This looks so yummy! If only I wasn’t lactose intolerant so that I could actually try it. :/

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Nami | Just One Cookbook October 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Great combo! Mint & Chocolate chips is my husband favorite, but I think this one with oreo sounds really good to me. Lovely Christmas tree. I can’t believe we only have 2 months left…

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Lenna (veganlenna) October 27, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Your pictures always look so creative and professional! That ice-cream sounds tasty!

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sara (Belly Rumbles) October 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Mint and chocolate is such a winning combination. Love the fact you made a Christmas tree, very cute

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Ally October 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

It looks so tasty and it’s such a lovely Christmas idea. I love your photos!
I actually really like the “trunk” with a few mint leaves in it. Lovely.
(Also, I love the bits of flake bar on top, but that may be because I love flake bars…just sayin’)

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nj greek October 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

delicious again…hope its a warm day here on Christmas to give this a try…

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Sharn October 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Another really imaginative one! Looks so fresh too. Love it.

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