I scream, You scream, We all scream…

It’s back to school time and I, even at the age of 26, get that sinking bank to school feeling. My father always used to say that September smelled like fresh chalk boards and the varnish on the floorboards and lino in the school corridors and it’s true. I love autumn leaves and I love the colour of the sun and the sudden need to wrap up warm but sometimes you need a bit of a pick-me-up!

… And this is a pick-me-up of the highest proportion and borrowed exactly from Nigella Lawson because she is the Queen of baking and frankly you couldn’t better this. You could have it with cream or more ice cream but I like to eat it straight out of the tin with nothing but a spoon and a napkin!

Ice Cream Cake

1.5 litres ice cream, 100g honey roast peanuts, 200g Nestle swirled milk chocolate and peanut butter morsels (or chocolate chips of your choice), 1 x 40g Crunchie bar, broken into shards and dusty rubble, 150g Bourbon biscuits broken up into crumbs and rubble, 1 batch Butterscotch Sauce plus 1 batch Hot Chocolate Sauce or 1 batch Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavour Sauce

1) Let the ice cream soften either in the fridge for a while, or out in the kitchen.

2) Line a 20cm springform tin with clingfilm, both in the bottom and sides of the tin so that you have some overhang at the top.

3) Empty the slightly softened ice cream into a bowl and mix in the peanuts, 150g chocolate and peanut butter morsels or chocolate chips, Crunchie shards and 100g of the Bourbon biscuit crumbs.

4) Scrape the ice cream mixture into the springform tin, flattening the top like a cake, cover the top with clingfilm and place in the freezer to firm up.

5) Serve the cake straight from the freezer, unmoulding from the tin and pulling the clingfilm gently away, before putting on a plate or cake stand. Let it stand and soften for about 5 minutes before cutting.

6) Sprinkle the top of the cake with the extra 50g of chocolate and peanut butter morsels or chocolate chips, and the remaining Bourbon biscuit crumbs.

7) Cut into slices and serve with the butterscotch and chocolate sauces, letting both dribble lacily over each slice. If two sauces sound like too much trouble – they-re not – just opt for the chocolate peanut butter sauce. It’s hard to find an argument against it.

… Mmmm… Delish!!

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