After the bleak and rainy weekend, we finally get to enjoy a tiny bit of sunshine this afternoon. I have been saving this deliciously creamy milkshake recipe for a stifling hot summer day but today I could wait no more. Taken from The View from Great Island, this shake has a thick yet smooth texture with toasted almonds and almond paste coarsely blitzed into the final brew. I think I pulsed the almond mixture slightly more than I should have but then it gives me a pretty good excuse to make this milkshake all over again, with a swirl of whipped cream on top along with some toasted almond flakes.

TOASTED ALMOND MILKSHAKE

Ingredients:

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup full cream liquid milk

1/4 cup raw sliced almonds

30g almond paste or marzipan

Method:

  • To make toasted almond mix, toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat for several minutes.

  • Stir constantly until they turn fragrant and golden. Set aside to cool. Cut almond paste into chunks.

  • Put almond paste in a food processor along with cooled almonds and pulse until coarsely chopped.

  • Put ice cream and 4 tablespoons of the toasted almond mix in a blender along with almond extract.

  • Add just enough milk to loosen it up. Blend till all ingredients are homogenous mixed for a minute.

  • Pour into tall glasses and top with more toasted almond mix and serve right away. Makes 2 servings.

Toasted Almond Milkshake