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Lemon Meringue Ice Ceam Cake

 

Sometimes I feel the need to prove that I’m not a crap wife, mother, friend etc and it’s normally by giving someone food. When your ‘to do’ list is longer than your arm and you feel that you are spread even thinner than an Olsen twin, it’s easy to feel like you are neglecting the most important of things; people.

I’m not great at telling people nice things about themselves (see; I can’t even write it properly!) and I pity the next ‘non-family’ who tries to hug me (I’m so NOT a hugger), so I try and show my appreciation and affection in other ways.  Normally it’s cake, often it’s cookie dough and lately it’s been refreshing Ice Cream, and sometimes it’s via an act of kindness.

Last week was my Husbands birthday. My poor, poor Husband! Easily 4th in line behind the kids for my attention, he would probably love to spend all his free time in front of the Super Nintendo but instead I make him do jobs around the house. So to show him how much we appreciate him this year I arranged a birthday surprise for him (and of course two cakes and a pancake breakfast) and invited some of his family up for the weekend. I know that we wasn’t expecting it as he was fast asleep on the couch when they arrived (he was supposed to be fixing a door)! At least he was dressed.

The potential give away of my surprise was my over zealous cleaning the week before. Not only did I clean the house top to bottom, I painted the main rooms, created a new laundry system (so easy and so much tidier) and went mad on the Facebook market place getting rid of things that were messing up the house (No, I didn’t try to sell the kids!).  A clean up this large is normally only for guests… yet he was none the wiser. I’m sure the kids think there’s a fairy who comes along every night and picks up their stuff off the floor.

Birthday cakes are always a big thing in our house. The husband has a running joke with his nerd friends about Lemon Meringue Pie so I decided to make a summer version of his favourite pie; this Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake. And it was delicious. So good, in fact, it was gone by breakfast the next morning.

I posted a photo of this Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake on my Facebook page last week and the reaction was a wild “we need this recipe… NOW!”. This Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake is a summer version of the classic Lemon Meringue Pie which makes it perfect for the Aussie summer and even a special Christmas dessert.

The best part of this Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake is the Lemon Curd Ice Cream. It is amazing; tart, sweet and creamy all at once. It’s a triple threat. The Lemon Curd Ice Cream is made from Lemon Curd with added coconut cream and milk. You can tart it up with some extra lippy and a pair of glitzy heels lemon zest and an extra splash of sweetener to hide the coconut flavour. This Lemon Curd Ice Cream is perfect just by itself, and if you have any left after you ‘just try one spoonful’ then you’ll really love this Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake.

The base of the cake is made from my favourite Healthy Tiny Teddies and the meringue is a fluffy pile of gooey sweetness. It’s more reminiscent of fluff than a crispy meringue, but it’s what every Lemon Meringue Pie lover dreams of.

As December approaches it really is time to start planning the Christmas menu. This Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake would be perfect for a 30C plus Australian Christmas. Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas Pudding but after a big hot lunch of Turkey and Ham a refreshing bowl of ice cream cake would help to cool me down. Or maybe I’ll just eat 2 desserts (Christmas calories don’t count right?!). If you are looking for more Christmas recipes be sure to check out my Healthy Christmas recipe eBook. There’s over 70 dessert and treat recipes to make sure everyone is included in the tasty side of Christmas. You can get your instant copy here for $12.99.

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Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake
Serves 16
This Lemon Meringue Ice Cream Cake is awesome!! The tangy Lemon Curd Ice Cream is topped with fluffy meringue; the perfect way to enjoy your favourite pie this summer
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
24 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
24 hr
INGREDIENTS
Biscuit Base
  1. 275 grams Biscuits (I have used a 2x recipe of Healthy Teddies and measured the 275g. Feel free to substitute with your choice of biscuits)
  2. 1/3 Cup melted Coconut Oil
Biscuits
  1. (This recipe will make a little bit more than needed)
  2. 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, slightly softned (not melted)
  3. 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (Rice Malt Syrup or Honey can be substituted)
  4. 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot/Tapioca Flour
  6. 2/3 Cup plus 2 teaspoons Coconut Flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
  8. Dash Salt
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
  1. 3 Eggs
  2. 2 Egg Yolks
  3. 1/3 to 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup (adjust according to taste at the end)
  4. Zest of 2 Lemons
  5. 2/3 Cup Lemon Juice
  6. 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (softened slightly)
  7. 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  8. 1 Cup Coconut Cream (the thickened cream from an opened can of coconut cream/milk left in the frduge overnight)
  9. 1-3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup (according to desired taste)
  10. Extra Lemon Zest (according to desired taste)
Meringue
  1. 4 Egg Whites
  2. 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
  3. 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
INSTRUCTIONS
Biscuit Base
  1. Take the 275 grams of biscuits and mix/blend into pieces. Add the coconut oil and blend until combined.
  2. Take a 20cm/8 inch round spring form cake tin and line the bottom with baking paper (a normal cake tin can be used but extend the baking paper over the edges of the tin to ensure the cake can be removed).
  3. Press the crumbs int the base of the tin and flatten using a glass.
  4. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Biscuits
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender/mixer and process until combined. Scrape the edges down to ensure that all the ingredients are incorporated.
  2. Alternatively use a bowl, a mixing spoon and some arm strength and mix until combined.
  3. If adding optional extras do so now.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic and leave at room temperature for 30 minutes to firm.
  5. Pre heat the oven to 180C/360F. Line and grease a large baking tray.
  6. Take tablespoon amount of dough and form into a ball and place on the baking tray. Flattten the ball with your hand. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Before removing from the oven check that the bottom of the cookie has firmed and they have turned a golden brown colour. The cookies will firm up upon cooling.
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
  1. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, maple syrup, lemon zest and juice in a heat proof bowl until the mixture is well combined.
  2. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.
  3. Add the coconut oil 1 spoonful at a time. Whisk after each addition.
  4. Only add the next spoonful once the previous one has combined. Stir regularly.
  5. This should take approximately 15 minutes. When done the mixture will be thickened and able to coat the back of the spoon.
  6. Taste the mixture and add more sweetner or lemon zest if desired (remembering you will be adding more at the ice cream step). Allow the curd to cool.
  7. To make the Ice Cream, add the coconut milk and cream to the lemon curd and whisk to combine. Add the extra sweetner and zest to reach the desired taste.
If using an Ice Cream Machine
  1. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool then add to the ice cream machine and follow their instructions.
  2. Once the Ice Cream is made, pour it into the tin with the biscuit base and place, covered, in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours (overnight is great).
If using a blender
  1. Place the ice cream mixture in a shallow tray and freeze for 4-8 hours. Place the frozen ice cream mixture in the blender and process until a smooth ice cream forms.
  2. Once the Ice Cream is made, pour it into the tin with the biscuit base and place, covered, in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours (overnight is great).
No Blender
  1. Pour the Ice Cream mixture into the tin with the biscuit base and place, covered, in the freezer for a minimum of 8 hours (overnight is great). This method may not be as creamy but still super tangy and delicious.
Meringue
  1. Do not take the ice cream cake out of the freezer until the meringue mixture is ready.
  2. Place all the meringue ingredients in a heat proof bowl over a pot of water.
  3. Slowly warm the pot of water, warming the egg white until it is warm to touch. This needs to be done slowly to prevent the egg whites from curdeling or cooking.
  4. Remove the mixture and place in a bowl of a kitchen stand mixer. Whisk on high for 8 minutes until glossy.
  5. Remove the cake tin from the freezer and spread the meringue on top.
  6. If desired; use a blow torch to brown off the edges of the meringue. It is still edible and super tasty without this step.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. The Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake needs to be kept in the freezer between serves. It may need to be sat at room temperature for a few minutes to soften the ice cream before cutting and serving.
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