This challenge was suggested by Dave, my better half. We will be celebrating our 7 year anniversary this weekend and a common theme throughout our relationship has been Dave saying “what you’ve never tried/seen/heard this or that”. Until Dave, I hadn’t tried hotdogs from a tin or corned beef, I hadn’t seen The Breakfast Club, ET, Jurassic Park (to name but a few films that escaped my childhood) and I’d never heard of the Smiths. But for once, it was my turn to educate Dave; whilst he suggested this challenge, he’s never actually had a knickerbocker glory! This has now been corrected.
A knickerbocker glory was a common treat throughout my childhood and it instantly makes me think of my nan. My brother and I used to go and stay with my nan every summer and she would always make us this yummy desert. There was however a caveat, we could only have it if we pronounced it properly! We soon learned to say knickerbocker glory without stumbling 🙂
When I started looking for recipes to make this challenge, I realised they are all very different and really what I wanted to do was recreate my nan’s version. I text my brother and mum to see if they could remember what was in it and after some input from them both, we decided on the following ingredients:-
- Vanilla ice cream
- Strawberry jelly
- Fruit (fresh or tinned cocktail mix)
- Strawberry sauce
- Whipped cream
- Hundreds and thousands
I always remember my nan using tinned fruit cocktail, although I think she would use fresh fruit if she had some in. I opted for the tinned fruit because this is what came to mind when I tried to remember my nan’s version 🙂
I also cheated a little and used shop bought ice cream but if you’re feeling adventures why not check out Challenge 19 to see how to make ice cream from scratch without an ice cream maker! Just leave out the rum and raisins, unless you want a more adult version of the knickerbocker glory.
Another important aspect of the knickerbocker glory is the serving dish. I didn’t have anything suitable at home so popped out and bought some special glasses which reminded me of the ones my nan used to use.
Anyway, with all the elements ready, I started building my knickerbocker glory. Firstly, I added a little bit of ice cream.
Then I added some jelly.
Next up I added some fruit (I drained off the liquid first).
I then put in a little strawberry sauce. I added more ice cream, jelly and fruit to fill to the top of the glass.
Finally, I added my whipped cream, topped it with some more sauce and then sprinkled over a handful of hundreds.
Doesn’t it look pretty! 🙂
Now I know this didn’t take much skill but it does hold so many fond memories for me that it was nice to be able to share it with Dave. He loved it by the way, although he managed to get in a right mess trying to eat it!
Coming up next week, Challenge No. 28 – homemade pizza. I hope to see you then.