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    Cardamom cloud ice cream with warm berry sauce

    This delicious, cardamom flavoured ice cream is really easy to prepare and made light 'as a cloud' by the addition of crumbled meringue pieces.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus cooling and freezing
    • Cooking time: 5 minutes

    Serves: 8


    300ml pot double cream
    12 cardamom pods, crushed
    Finely grated zest 1 unwaxed lemon
    500g tub Waitrose Seriously Creamy Madagascan Vanilla Custard
    4 Waitrose Meringue Nests, broken into chunks
    2 x 175g packs essential Waitrose Blueberries
    2 x 165g packs essential Waitrose Raspberries
    205g jar Waitrose Wild Cranberry Sauce
    2 tsp caster sugar, or to taste
    Ice cream wafers or Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps, to serve


    1. Place 100ml of the cream, the crushed cardamom pods and seeds and half of the lemon zest into a small saucepan over a low heat.  Warm through for 2-3 minutes, until just about to simmer.  Do not allow to boil.  Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely.
    2. Whisk the remaining cream in a mixing bowl until only just starting to thicken, but not holding its shape.  Strain the cardamom cream into the bowl and then add the custard.  Fold everything together.
    3. Pour into a 1-2 litre freezer-proof container, cover and freeze for 1-2 hours, until starting to freeze.  Use an electric whisk or fork to mix the ice cream until smooth, then return to the freezer again.  Repeat twice more.  After the last whisking, fold in the meringue pieces.  Return to the freezer for at least 6 hours before serving.
    4. Remove the ice cream from the freezer 20 minutes before serving so that it is soft enough to scoop.  Meanwhile put the berries, cranberry sauce, remaining lemon zest and 2 tbsp water in a small pan, cover and warm over a low heat for 10 minutes, until the berries soften but still hold their shape.  Sweeten to taste with the sugar.  Serve the warm sauce wit the ice cream and wafers or butter crisps on the side.

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