Halva & Blackberry Ice Cream with Blackberry Sauce

Serves 6

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes


It is prudent for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the very young, pregnant or nursing mums or those recovering from illness to avoid eating raw eggs. 


4 large eggs, separated
100g (4oz) caster sugar
1 small orange, finely grated rind only 

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
300ml (1⁄2 pint) double cream
250g (9oz) Greek style yogurt 

250g (9oz) pack plain halva, sliced and crumbled into pieces 

300g (11oz) blackberries, roughly chopped
Blackberry sauce
225g (8oz) blackberries 

Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
2 tablespoons icing sugar 


Line a 1.7 litre (3 pint) large loaf tin or round cake tin with cling film and set aside. Whisk the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric whisk until thick moist looking peaks. To a second larger bowl add the egg yolks, sugar, orange rind and cinnamon and whisk until thick and creamy and the mixture will leave a trail when lifted up. Whip the cream in a third bowl until it just begins to form soft swirls then fold the cream and yogurt into the yolk mixture. Add the halva and blackberries, keeping a few back for the top, and gently fold together then add the egg white, again gently folding together. Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin, sprinkle with the reserved halva and blackberries then cover the top with more clingfilm. Chill for 5-6 hours or overnight until firm enough to slice. Meanwhile make the sauce by pureeing the remaining blackberries in a food processor or liquidiser until smooth. Press through a sieve, discard the seeds then mix with the lemon juice and sugar. Chill in a covered plastic container until needed. When ready to serve, lift the ice cream out of the tin using the cling film then peel away and discard. Cut the ice cream into thick slices and serve with the blackberry sauce in a separate jug to drizzle over. 

Cook’s tip 

Don’t worry about washing the whisk between the whisking the egg whites, yolks, even the cream. It is only egg whites that will not whisk if a wet or sticky whisk is used but as these are whisked first it’s fine.