What’s better than a delicious slice of cake mid-afternoon? I’m all about the little winter treats, that help to make the cold outside seem a little bit better. Trudging around with my big boots, hat and scarf on, I find myself dreaming of sitting cosy by the Christmas Tree. With the fairy lights on and the room aglow. Big fluffy socks on my feet and a warm coffee in my hand, with a big slice of cake to have on the side. And this cinnamon spiced pear cake is exactly what I find myself craving.
One of my oldest festive memories is dipping warm ginger spiced biscuits into a big, frothy cup of hot milk. It’s by far my favourite tradition, and something that I still do in the run up to Christmas. I just love the combination of creamy milk and spicy ginger! This was the inspiration behind this recipe. I wanted to create a dessert based around the flavours of my fondest memory of the Holidays. But still keep it quick and easy enough to make in a rush.
Nice Cream seemed like the perfect dessert for this experiment. It may seem like a strange choice as it’s basically a banana ice cream, but you have to trust me! This dish only takes about 5 minutes to make and, as an added bonus, this particular recipe only uses 3 ingredients: frozen bananas, a splash of milk and ginger powder. The end result is a deliciously smooth and creamy bowl of ‘healthy’ ice cream with a little ginger kick. It can even be made 100% dairy free by using a milk alternative instead of regular milk; coconut milk is my favourite alternative because it has quite a neutral taste.
Personally, I really like a strong ginger flavour so I’ve added quite a bit of the powder to the recipe but feel free to add a little less (or more!) if you prefer a subtler taste.
There is another reason that I think this recipe is so great: it helps to combat food wastage. Which is definitely my number one pet hate! You can freeze the brownest, spottiest bananas, that you would have otherwise chucked away and save them to whip up batches of nice cream whenever you get the craving. It’s a win-win situation!
I love how deliciously smooth and creamy this pudding is and the ginger provides the perfect kick to compliment the banana. It’s one of my favourite puddings in the run up to Christmas and contains all the festive tastes that I associate with the season.
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