Monday, 12 December 2011

The Twelve Posts of Christmas: Vegan Ice Cream Christmas Trees

I snatched the idea from an issue of Delicious magazine last year, but of course, veganised it. It is such a simple yet fantastic way to style dessert, and you can use whatever flavours you like. For this one, I used finely chopped fruit mince and a splash of brandy. Just add to slightly melted bought vanilla ice cream and mix well. Other flavours you could try mixed through...

Smashed candy canes
Glace ginger
Candied orange peel and dried cranberries
Dried cherries
Coconut and chopped vanilla glazed almonds
Grated chocolate and hazelnuts

Cut rectangles of greaseproof to fit an equally sized piece of paper. 

Wrap around a narrow glass with the greaseproof on the inside to get consistent sizes, and turn into a cone. Tape together to hold.

Put into a glass to hold the cone, and spoon ice cream mixture into the cones. Place in freezer overnight.

When ready to serve, unwrap cones, and then invert onto a plate. Decorate with toasted nuts or fresh fruit.

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