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Black Cherry Chocolate Arctic Roll

There are so many traditionally English puddings. But there’s one that always seems to provoke a pang of nostalgia with the Brits whenever it hits the table, and that’s the arctic roll. This delicious dessert consisting of a layer of cake, lined with jam, and rolled around a frozen ice cream center, became wildly popular in the 1950s and is now quite trendy again. It’s also incredibly easy to make! So when we had a dinner party recently, I decided to give it a go.

Cherry Artic Roll Ingredients

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Get your ice cream from the freezer and allow it to sit out and soften. Spoon it onto a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) and shape into a log. Roll it tightly in the paper, secure with plastic wrap, and return to the freezer to set.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 3 Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Whisk the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 1 Eggs and Sugar

Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder with a pinch of salt. Then gently fold dry ingredients into the egg mixture until blended.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Recipe Step 2 Sift Cocoa Powder

Pour the chocolate batter into the lined baking tray, smoothing the top so surface is even. Bake for 10-15 minutes until springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes, then flip onto a new sheet of parchment paper lightly dusted with sugar. Gently peel off the lining paper.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 4 Baking Sheet

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 5 Baked

Cover the entire surface of the cake with a generous layer of black cherry jam.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 6 Spread

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 6 Spread Across

Remove the cling film and paper from the refrozen cylinder of ice cream and put in the middle of cake sheet, using the parchment paper to roll the cake around the ice cream. Wrap again in cling film and return to freezer.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Step 7 Wrap up ice cream

artic roll wrap

Just before serving, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over the roll. I sprinkled on some chocolate hearts and garnished with fresh cherries.

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Finished

Cherry Chocolate Artic Roll Serving

Slice, and serve!

Artic Roll

This version was such a success! It would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or even a child’s birthday. You can also experiment with different flavour jams to create endless varieties. It keeps in the freezer for up to two weeks – so be sure to save a slice for later!

World Cup England Game

I don’t know if you’ve heard but the World Cup has started.

And to anyone outside of America, it’s a pretty big deal.

I don’t know much about soccer, but I love sports. So I donned my England colors, and we headed off into to the mysterious world of North London to meet friends and watch the match.

Red and White England

Feeling Lucky Clutch

World Cup Face Paint

The weather was divine, so we sat outside and chatted over Italian cocktails in the garden.

World Cup Garden Rose

World Cup Garden Friends

World Cup Cocktail

World Cup Girls

World Cup Laughs

I was happy to see that the pre-game ritual in England is identical to that at home in America – the barbeque!

World Cup BBQ

We threw a few patties on the grill and fired it up, filling the garden with the savory brume of barbeque smoke.

World Cup Burger

Our tummies full, it was time to put our game faces on.

Our England game faces.

World Cup Cheer

Though I think someone was channeling Braveheart…

World Cup Facepaint

There is nothing like the zeal of a dedicated football fan.

World Cup Score

Although the Three Lions lost the match, it was an evening filled with yummy food and drinks, beloved friends, and the furor of World Cup football – all things the English do best.