Summer in Ireland means strawberries and ice cream. What could be sweeter?
3/4 cup carton heavy cream
1 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp orange liqueur
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
For the strawberry syrup:
3 cups fresh strawberries
Juice of ½ lime
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp arrowroot
Begin by making the syrup: save 8 of the best strawberries, and then halve the remainder and place in a small pan with the lime juice and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until softened and pulpy.
Push through a fine sieve and return to the pan. Dissolve the arrowroot in a little water and stir the paste into the strawberry mixture. Gently bring to a boil, stirring until slightly thickened then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Whisk together the heavy cream, powdered sugar and liqueur until it forms soft peaks.
Cut the reserved strawberries into halves or quarters. Place 2 scoops of ice cream in 4 sundae glasses and swirl over the cream, scattering in the strawberries as you go.
Drizzle over the cooled syrup and serve for a classic.
* Originally published in 2009.