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Brandy Snap Baskets and Blank-Canvas Banana Iceream

May 30, 2013

Cones are contentious. Like so much of history, the origin of the icecream cone is one that has some level of debate and mystery to it. Some say the cone was invented by an Italian icecream cart owner in New York named Italo Marchiony who patented a cone making machine in 1903. However, there is evidence that there’s an earlier patent  (1902) held by a Antonoio Valvona who was based in Manchester, UK for an “Apparatus for Baking Biscuit Cups for Ice Cream“.

I have seen cones made of giant cookies, breaded and deep fried icecrem, icecream between slices of bread and much more on my internet travels. One source I read even claims that “During World War II, cone manufacturers had trouble getting wheat flour since it was needed to make bread… for American soldiers overseas. Several companies in Philadelphia solved this problem by making ice cream cones out of crushed, sweetened popcorn!” I wonder if that actually works? Kavey – I challenge you.

So, not wanting to wade into a a waffle-war I decided to steer clear of cones and make brandysnap baskets instead. I used a Mary Berry recipe from BBC Good Food. I only made one tweak which was to add a little bit of coconut.

Coconut Brandy Snap Basket

Coconut Brandy Snap Basket

Coconut Brandysnap Baskets

55g butter
55g demerara sugar
55g golden syrup
50g plain flour
½ level tsp ground ginger
½ tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp desiccated coconut

The recipe is here but it’s very simple. I just stirred the coconut into the melted sugar and butter before adding the flour. It makes them slightly less “lacey”

I wasn’t planing to make my own icecream to go with these, but there was a can of condensed milk in my cupboard and some old bananas, so it seemed rude not to.

Blank canvas banana icecream

I think you could probably add anything into the base mixture – marshmallows, stir some caramel and salt through, or maybe some jam, whatever you have. I also made a richer version with two bananas and no milk but Mr B preferred this one. I’m not an icecream expert but I think it’s the high ratio of condensed milk than means you don’t need to churn it. So if you want to add more milk to make it less sweet, you may need to think about that.

1x frozen banana chopped into chunks
1x can of condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
50g grated chocolate
50g chocolate chopped into chunks
1/3 pint milk

Put everything except the chocolate in a blender and whizz until combined.
Stir in the chocolate

Home made banana chocolate icecream and brandy snap basket

Pretty Icecream

It’s a long time since I last tried my hand at frozen foods – I made BFG Ice Lollies, which were …meh, I mean they were fine, but they just wanted to be icecream. So, hooray for the underhanded way that the Cones & Cups, Biscuits & Baskets, Wafers & Waffles BSFIC challenge nudged me back into the land of icy delights

This is my entry for Bloggers Scream For Icecream run by Kavey Eats.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2013 7:43 pm

    How utterly delicious, I haven’t made ice cream for ages, now I feel inspired.

  2. June 4, 2013 10:27 pm

    That is a gauntlet I may not pick up, but love the historical introduction and the butterflies are too cute. Thanks Gill!

  3. June 12, 2013 4:30 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award (if you wish to accept) Here is a link to what that’s all about!

  4. June 16, 2013 9:55 am

    Wow I love those brandy snap baskets, I am one of those who like their cones as much as their ice cream…so I am aloways looking out for nice cones…by the way I voted for you at the Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award! Cheers!

  5. June 17, 2013 1:14 pm

    I had no idea about all that cone business. It would be great to see if you could make one out of popcorn! Lovely ice cream too.


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