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"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Buttermilk and strawberry soft-serve cones


Large disposable piping bags are great for this recipe - you can have them filled and ready to go, then just cut the end when you're about to pipe the ice-cream into the cones. Or do the same with a normal piping bag fitted with a nozzle, placing it in a large measuring jug or glass to catch any drips as you fill it.

You'll need

250 gm strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped 220 gm (1 cup) caster sugar 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice 2 tbsp liquid glucose 12 small ice-cream cones 300 ml pouring cream Thinly peeled rind of 1 lemon 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped 6 egg yolks 300 ml buttermilk To serve: sprinkles (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Simmer strawberries, 90gm sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice and glucose in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half (6-8 minutes). Cool, then purée the mixture with a stick blender. Reserve 2 tbsp strawberry purée, then divide remaining between cones and freeze cones until required.
  • 02
  • Bring cream, lemon rind and vanilla bean and seeds to a bare simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and remaining sugar in a large bowl until thick and pale (2-3 minutes), then whisk in remaining lemon juice. Add cream mixture to yolk mixture in a thin steady stream, whisking until incorporated. Return to saucepan and stir continuously over low heat until mixture thickly coats the back of a wooden spoon (6-8 minutes). Strain into a bowl placed over another bowl filled with iced water, cool slightly (15-20 minutes), then add buttermilk and set aside to cool completely, stirring occasionally. Churn in an ice-cream machine until frozen, then spoon buttermilk ice-cream into a piping bag fitted with a 2cm nozzle, adding reserved purée at intervals as you go. Place bag in a bowl or on a tray and freeze until just firm (45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • 03
  • Before piping the ice-cream, squeeze the bag to evenly loosen ice-cream, then pipe it into cones (if ice-cream becomes too soft, return to freezer to firm up before continuing). Top with sprinkles and serve immediately, or return to the freezer to serve later.

At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

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