Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

So finally I have started taking driving classes. I know, coming from a 30+-year-old, it's not a thing to be proud of. I should have done that back when I was 18. But better late than never, ain't it? However, these driving classes come with their fair share of problems. The classes start at 7 am. For which I have to wake up by 6.30 am. Now if you're familiar with my routine, you'd know that I come back from work around 1.30 at night. Wrapping up the day's agenda and finally hitting the sack takes another hour at least, if not more. So more often than not I find myself sleeping past 3, and waking up in another 3.5 hours, rubbing my eyes and yawning incessantly. To make matters worse, my driving instructor is a dud. He takes me on a straight road drive that doesn't have any bends or curves, doesn't allow me to accelerate beyond 15km/hr (!!), doesn't let me see the mirrors and doesn't let me press the brake. So you guessed right, I had been learning nothing for the first 15 days. And then finally one day he didn't turn up and the school sent another make-shift instructor. And boy, that day was an eye-opener. He took me to Dollar's Colony, a residential area replete with turns and more turns, and I realised I don't know how to maneuvre the car in such situations. That day I learnt more than I did in the preceding two weeks. We requested the driving school to send the new instructor, but the older one took offence and turned up the next day. Again same old straight road. I had 3 more classes left and virtually had no practice of whatever I had learned under instructor 2. So this time we decided to take 5-hours' worth extra classes, and since we were paying extra, we were hellbent that we want Instructor 2 for those 5 hours. Finally things started looking better. In the last 3 days, I've become more confident in taking steep and narrow turns and dealing with traffic situations. In fact, today I even drove on a highway in 4th gear! (Big deal for me really, 'cause even till last week I was driving at 15 km/hr and was not allowed to accelerate). Also, I have shifted my classes to 2 pm in the afternoon that gives me scope to deal with more cars on the streets and obviously, to wake up late! Driving is now something I've really started to enjoy and I'm pretty charged for the licence test next week. Fingers crossed.
But there's one thing about driving in the afternoon. It's hot. Contrary to whatever rosy things people might have to say about Bangalore weather, it does get hot! And it comes as no surprise that the driving school wouldn't allow the AC to be switched on in their car. So by the time I'm back, I'm fairly exhausted. And the only thing that can save you at that hour is a bowl of this fruity and super refreshing Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream with Chocolate chunks. It's creamy, it's sweet, it's tart, it's chocolatey, AND it's frozen. Do you really need something else in this weather?

Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks

Recipe inspired by Sugar Et Al
Heavy cream: 500 ml
Condensed Milk: 400 ml
Frozen Raspberries: 200 gm
Raspberry Preserve: 5-6 tbsp
Dark Chocolates, broken roughly into chunks: 200 gm
Vanilla Bean Paste: 1 tsp

1. Place a big bowl in an ice bath. Put the cream and vanilla into it and beat with a hand blender for 3-4 minutes.

2. Now gradually add the condensed milk and beat for another 7-8 minutes or until thick but not overtly firm.

3. Add the frozen raspberries and chocolate chunk and fold in. Now add the raspberry preserve and lightly swirl it throughout the mixture.

4. Tumble the mixture into a large loaf tin, wrap with a cling film and freeze for 4-5 hours or better still, overnight.

5. Bring the ice cream down to the refrigerator 10 minutes before serving. Scoop out into roundels and serve, drizzled with chocolate sauce and colourful sprinkles.
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