Now, unusually for us, we hadn't - beyond the first taster - put the kettle on and snarfed the lot accompanied by a number of cups of coffee. Oh no. These mince pies demanded a bit more respect than that - and at £16.95 for 12, you can understand why. So we tucked them up into an airtight container (just like your Mum told you to) and were keeping them for "best". (Is there a "best", where mince pies are concerned? We obviously thought so!).
|Photo c/o Foreman & Field|
The following day - and completely coincidentally - I was contacted by Lianne at W. Communications, the P.R. company I've been working with regarding Barefoot Wines, about another of their clients - the Chillbox Company.
Apparently, Chillbox have a newly opened outlet in Brixton Market (the first, by all accounts) where they are selling Greek frozen yoghurt. It seems to me to be a spectacularly bad time to open - the middle of winter - when you're selling frozen goods, but who am I to judge? Maybe the denizens of Brixton Market enjoy some frozen yoghurt after their tub of Paella and before thawing out with mulled wine. (I have no idea whether paella or mulled wine can be purchased at Brixton Market, but I'll bet they can!). However, to smooth their way into the Christmas market (see what I did there?), they've come up with a Christmassy mince pie topped version.
So anyway. I like frozen yoghurt - and I'm particularly fond of Greek yoghurt. So I was mildly interested but couldn't see any particular relevance to Jenny Eatwell's Rhubarb & Ginger, as the likelihood of my getting to Brixton Market this side of doomsday was fairly negligible. I couldn't see any samples getting to me in a fit state to test, so it all seemed a bit of a no hoper. That is, right up until I noticed the words "make at home recipe".
|Maybe not as pretty as the Chillbox version - but who cares about pretty when it tastes this good?|
The "in store" version is in either natural or chocolate flavour yoghurt with buttery crumbled mince pie, mulled wine sauce with subtle hints of ginger spice and finally, for an extra flourish, some edible 23ct gold leaf. Frozen yogurt heaven, so they say - and I'm inclined to believe them!
|Churn, churn, churn - or you could just freeze & stir every 30 mins!|
Well, I had every intention of making the frozen yoghurt over the weekend, but one thing led to another and there we were on Monday morning, still with the yoghurt in its pot in the fridge. So hubby set to and made it.
The recipe is simplicity itself - I've reproduced it below for your delectation - and the end result is yummy, scrummy and feels deliciously naughty. I have to admit that we made the full-fat version, but I have no doubt that the low fat version would be just as good - particularly if you use a good Greek yoghurt.
Once frozen, the ice crystals are very small and so the yoghurt retains its unctuous creaminess. The single mince pie that you include with the yoghurt in the mixing stage doesn't look like it will make enough of an impact on the flavour profile - but if you choose a good mince pie (and Sainsbury's are our normal favourite) then the one pie is genuinely all you'll need.
We didn't get all fancy and make a separate sauce - but I think we might for our second go at this dessert, there will be a second go, of that I'm sure! Something rich, fruity and slightly boozy would be just lush with the frozen yoghurt, I think. I think we might just pass on the gold leaf, though. Don't want to get too carried away - anyone would think it's Christmas!
Here's the good bits from the Press Release regarding Chillbox and its products, if anyone is close enough to Brixton Market to want to visit :
"With double the protein, lower carbohydrates and half the sodium, Greek yoghurt is only 124 calories per 100g so there really is no reason not to spoil yourself by picking a festive topping or three!
A standard size Chillbox is £3.75 with an extra two toppings. The 23ct gold topping is charged as an extra cost and not included in the standard topping price.
Chillbox is located at 14 Market Row, Brixton Market, SW9 8LD. Opening times are Tues 10 – 5pm / Wed - Sun 10 – 10pm. For Chillbox updates follow us on Twitter - @Chillbox_uk and on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/
Chillbox is the leading frozen yoghurt franchise in Greece.
The Christmas toppings are available up to the 24th December.
Chillbox is not fat free, it contains a low 1.6% fat - not counting toppings.
Chillbox does not contain any chemical additives.
Chillbox is sweetened with fructose not sugar, making it slightly more acceptable to diabetics".
MINCE PIE TOPPED FROZEN GREEK YOGHURT (serves 5-6)
900g Greek Yoghurt (low fat or full fat - your choice)
110g fructose sugar (available from most supermarkets)
125ml milk (again, semi skimmed or full fat - your choice)
1 mince pie to include with the yoghurt
1 mince pie to crumble over.
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and, once fully incorporated, cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to a maximum of 4 hours.
2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine and process for 10-12 minutes, until set the the consistency of soft scoop ice cream.
3. Serve immediately, with mince pie crumbled over the top, or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until ready to use. In this case, allow the yoghurt to warm up slightly before serving, so as to capitalise on its smooth creaminess.