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    Chocolate Date Ice Cream

    You can make this surprisingly sweet and creamy dessert in an ice cream maker, but it's also simple to do by hand. It's lovely on its own, or try it with fresh, juicy pears. Make sure they're really ripe, so that they're naturally sweet, and you won't feel the need for added sugar.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus overnight soaking and 4-5 hours freezing
    • Total time: 24 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 8 - 10


    • 175g dried dates (not sugar-rolled), pitted
    • 25g cocoa powder
    • 300ml single cream
    • 4 tbsp light olive oil
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract


    1. Soak the dates in 400ml cold water, preferably overnight, until they are soft. Then whizz in a food processor with the cocoa powder, single cream, light olive oil and vanilla extract. When the mixture is smooth, transfer to a polythene container.
    2. Freeze for one hour, then beat with a wooden spoon to break up the ice crystals. Freeze for another hour and beat again, then freeze for 2-3 hours more until frozen. Alternatively, use an ice-cream maker.
    3. Before serving, remove from the freezer and place in the fridge for 30-40 minutes to soften slightly.

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