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Tipsy Tart and Custard Ice Cream

Tipsy Tart and Custard Ice Cream


A true South African favourite made into an ice cream, what could be better?

  • Serves: 10 |
    10 servings
  • Difficulty:

  • Prep Time : 2:0 hours |
  • Cook Time : 40 mins
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 Ice Cream Base

1 C (250 ml) milk

2 C (500 ml) fresh cream
50 g castor sugar

2 Tbsp (30 ml) brandy

6 large egg yolks

Tipsy Tart

100 g dates, roughly chopped

½ C (125 ml) boiling water

½ tsp (2.5 ml) bicarbonate of soda

25 g butter

50 g brown treacle sugar

1 large egg

¼ tsp (1.25 ml) vanilla essence

pinch of salt

¼ tsp (1.25 ml) all spice

75 g flour

1 ½ tsp (7.5 ml) baking powder

50 g pecan nuts, roughly chopped

100 g castor sugar

1/3 C (80 ml) water

10 g butter

2 Tbsp (30 ml) brandy

½ tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla essence

pinch of salt
Crème Patissiere

2 large egg yolks

50 g castor sugar

15 g flour

1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed

¾ C (190 ml) milk

Ice Cream Base

Place the separated egg yolks in a bowl and set aside. Heat the milk, cream, sugar and brandy in a pot and bring to a slow boil. Remove from the heat and pour over the egg yolks, whisking all the time. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill.

Tipsy Tart

Preheat the oven to 180 °C and lightly grease a 15 – 20 cm ovenproof dish.

Place the dates and boiling water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the bicabonate of soda. Allow the mixture to cool. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy, add the egg and vanilla essence and mix to combine.

Sift together all the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients. Add in the date mixture and the pecan nuts and mix.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared ovenproof dish and place into the oven to bake for 30 – 40 minutes.


Heat the sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar dissolves. Cook for a further minute, and then remove from the heat and stir in the brandy, vanilla essence and salt.

Pour the sauce over the hot pudding as it comes out of the oven and then allow to cool.

Crème Patissiere

Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thick and creamy and then sift in the flour.

Heat the milk, vanilla pod and seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiled, remove from the heat, strain and pour over the egg mixture, whisking all the time. Return the mixture back to the saucepan and cook over a low heat for a few minutes, until it thickens to form a custard.

Cover the custard with a piece of baking paper to prevet a skin from forming and allow to cool completely.

To finish, churn the ice cream and then transfer it to a bowl. Add dollops of the tipsy tart and custard, and stir them in gently. Freeze the ice cream over night before serving.