Wednesday, 21 August 2013

We All Scream for Ice-Cream

The mastermind behind Morelli's gelato: Giuseppe Morelli and his ice-cream van
Heat-wave alert! The weather forecast promises another run of sunshine for this week and of course, there’s one tasty treat we all crave on a sweltering summer’s day (it's ice-cream, duh!). Sure, swirly 99’s from a tinkling van hit the spot, but if you haven’t discovered the creamy, perfectly candied genius that is Morelli’s Gelato, you haven’t experienced heaven in a cone (or cup!). Giuseppe Morelli is the Italian mastermind behind this frozen dream, having founded the company in 1907 with his son Mario (they bonded selling their concoctions from a bicycle in the street!) In time, the bicycle got upgraded to the traditional van, and in 1932 the Morelli father-son duo opened their first ice-cream parlour, overlooking the beautiful bay of Broadstairs in Kent. Although Harrods London boasts a slick, contemporary version of this Gelateria, to this day the Broadstairs parlour remains the historic flagship store, and living just several miles from it, I can emphasise first-hand its magnetism!

Broadstairs Seafront
A retro paradise- Morelli's flagship diner in Broadstairs of Kent

A slick Morelli's of Harrods, London
The parlour itself is still reminiscent of a 50’s coffee bar, yet to me it also alludes to the retro American diners that boasted roller-skating waitresses and those trademark squashy leatherette sofas. There’s a novelty indoor soda fountain, a working jukebox and plenty of enchanting vintage photographs decorate the peach-coloured walls. Customers can devour sundaes, complete with an explosion of wafer fans, cocktail umbrellas and glac√© cherries, or sip frothy cappuccinos while admiring these framed memories of the British seaside resort. The atmosphere is contagious, the service smooth and the product divine.
 

Take a trip to this time warp of a dessert lover’s paradise to taste flavours such as apple, white chocolate, tiramisu, coconut, caramel and current summer special, fresh mint lemonade. If you do return totally inspired, and I guarantee you will, have a go at this recipe for home-made strawberry meringue ice-cream: blissful served with a glass of Pimm’s in the garden.

You will need:

 
300ml double cream
250g Greek yoghurt
2 level dessert spoons icing sugar
A punnet of strawberries (extra yummy if freshly picked!)
Meringue nests (as many as you like!)
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With an electric whisk, whip the cream, along with the yoghurt and icing sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
Crush the meringue nests into bite-size pieces and fold gently into the mixture.
Mash the strawberries (destalked!) into a bowl with a fork- mix with several tablespoons of strawberry compote if desired for extra flavour- and add them to the mixture.
Pour the mixture into a lidded container or loaf tin and freeze until set- this could be anything from three hours to overnight.
Defrost for five minutes plus before serving; then dish up with your cutest ice-cream scoop and a sprinkling of extra berries.



Anthropologie Colourblock Ice Cream Scoop £16

Dot Com Giftshop Set of 6 Vintage Party Ice Cream Tubs with Spoons £2.95
Visit the Morelli’s site here: http://www.morellisgelato.com/

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