Autumn is upon us and whilst the
supermarkets have gone all out stocking their shelves with spooky decorations
and lots of tasty trick or treat sweets, here at New Forest Ice Cream we have
been preparing our tools, dusting off our scoops and digging out our dibbers
for the annual,
and hotly contested, New Forest Pumpkin Carving competition!
We love to get in the Halloween spirit here at New Forest Ice Cream towers and competitiveness has reached an all new high this year with everyone really pulling out the stops. As you can imagine, the most competitive in our team have been planning their creations for months; leading up to the big launch and we’re very excited to shortly be sharing them with you – Watch this space for more info!
We will have done all we can, and once
we’ve launched this year’s designs the power is truly in your hands as we ask
you to pick your favourite design and choose the ultimate winner. Simply head
over to our shortly Facebook page and get voting for
whichever one takes your fancy
– We await your decision with eager anticipation…
With the air becoming refreshingly crisp and the leaves starting to fall, it is
only natural to start cosying up with some delicious winter warmers. And, our Toffee Apple ice cream is the perfect autumnal accompaniment
to go alongside them. As October is Apple Month and Halloween, so we just had
to dedicate a post to our beloved Toffee Apple ice cream!
Toffee apples are reminicent of everything to do with bonfire night, halloween and general autumnal festivities. The distinctive red baubles on sticks have long been a treat for children (and adults!) for many years and will forever be a nostalgic tradition. Toffee apples are the perfect balance of sharpness from the apples and sweetness from the glistening sugar coating, which is why we just had to capture the amazing flavour in an ice cream.
There is one story that claims the toffee apple was created by accident in 1908 when veteran candy-maker William W Kolb was experimenting with a Christmas-themed red cinnamon potion. He dropped the apple into the potion and the toffee apple was born. Apparently, the immediate popularity soon meant that demand outweighed production. At this time of year there is nothing better than a homemade apple crumble and a big scoop of Toffee Apple ice cream really makes this classic dessert special.
APPLE CRUMBLE WITH TOFFEE APPLE ICE CREAM
Apple crumble is nice and simple to make. Firstly, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit. Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling. When ready to serve, add a generous scoop of New Forest Ice Cream Toffee Apple ice cream and tuck into the delicious bowl of goodness and enjoy!