Ideas For Spring

Spring is one of my favourite times of the year.

There are many thing to celebrate in spring such as: Easter, Mothering Sunday, May Day and the flowers in bloom.

Ideas For Summer

Summer is the best! Hot weather, long days. Why not celebrate?

There are many things to celebrate such as: Fathers Day, Pool Party, Holidays and the chance of a cocktail by the pool or the beach.

Ideas For Autumn

Autumn is when all the best fruits are ripe for the picking!

Autumn has many things to celebrate such as: Halloween, Fireworks , Bonfires and fruits and berries coming into season.

Ideas For Winter

Winter could be a gloomy part of the year if weren't for these ideas!

Winter has many things to celebrate such as: Christmas, New Year, Advent, Saint Valentine’s day and my Birthday!

This is a great recipe and one of my Dad's favourites.

Serves - 4-6
15 Mins to make
1Hr in the freezer

85g sponge flan case
2 tbsp apple juice
4 tbsp cherry, raspberry or strawberry jam
500ml tall tub vanilla ice cream
3 medium egg whites
125g golden caster sugar

1. Put the flan case onto an ovenproof pie plate. Drizzle with apple juice, then spoon on the jam and spread it. Run a blunt knife around the sides of the ice cream to help loosen it from the tub. Upturn the ice cream on top of the jammy sponge. Put it carefully on a flat surface in the freezer.
2. Get out an electric whisk or a mixer with a whisk and a large bowl. Add the egg whites to the bowl.
3. Whisk the egg whites until they turn white and thick. Shake the bowl around, if they sit in stiff peaks and don't move, they are ready. Turn the mixer on again and gradually add the sugar, just 1 tablespoon at a time until the meringue is smooth, glossy and stiffly peaking.
4. Get the prepared base out of the freezer. Spread the meringue over the ice cream with a palette knife, making sure it's completely covered and the meringue seals the sponge case edge. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour (although it will happily sit there for up to a day).
5. To serve, preheat the oven to 220°C/ fan200°C/gas 7. Pop the Alaska straight from the freezer into the oven for 3-4 minutes until the meringue is just starting to be tinged brown. Serve immediately.