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Ice cream workshops in Johannesburg

I never really intended to start ice-cream workshops, I created the class after a request from a client that wanted to buy a voucher specifically for an ice cream class for a friend. I should e-mail him and thank him for being the catalyst for 14 sold-out classes. My ice cream workshops are authentic, creative and interesting and hope to inspire you to become a master of homemade ice cream overnight.

I don’t know what it is with ice cream, but everyone loves it. It screams summer, it is a great dessert and reward in my household for tidy rooms, good exam results and special dates.

Alot of people attending the workshops also want to start their own ice cream bussiness. Most people attend because they like doing fun things with their friends or partner. It has also become a great gift experience.

I am writing this post to give you an insight into what you can expect at our ice cream workshop without giving too much away.

This class was held at the beautiful Culture barn, but unfortunately, this venue has been sold. But you can look forward to upcoming events at Ganico organic farm.

What to expect at the workshop?

On arrival, we have tea, coffee and water ready for you. We mingle and get to know everyone. We are always a mixed bunch from all over. Some clients have even come from Kimberly and George.

We have a quick ice breaker {a very literal one}. To illustrate how simple it is to make ice cream. And that we don’t need so many preservatives and stabilier in our ice cream Some clients have said they could have left after the ice breaker. It was so much fun.

I only take 16 students at a time and they are split into 4 groups to make different ice creams and sauces. I am no magician and also don’t own 4 ice cream machines so the ice cream that you make on the day will only be ready the next day after cooling and going through the churner. So I make the ice cream in advance and we have a taste testing afterwards.

What do we cover in the class?

We start off with a demonstration on basic custard-base ice cream. Once you have mastered the basic vanilla ice cream you can add anything to it. The recipes are all based on freshness, high-quality ingredients, and passion. Learn the technical aspects of ice cream preparation, the different types of ice cream, ingredients & equipment and how to pasteurise & freeze ice cream so that you can prepare your own at home.

We make lovely gin sorbet that is always a favourite. Infusing ice cream with herbs develop a deeper level of flavour.

We make a vegan nice cream recipe with an Omniblend blender. I will also do a demonstration on how an Omniblend blender works and what other uses it has in the kitchen.

How to flavour and colour ice cream with herbs, fruits and sauces. We make three different sauces that will take your ice cream to a next level.

We also cover Gelato ice cream and what the differences are between the different ice creams.

How to use an ice cream machine and how to make ice cream without a machine. I will give you some tips and guidance on how to use an ice cream machine and what models are available. And also what the pitfalls are when making ice cream and how to overcome them.

You will also receive a beautifully designed PDF recipe booklet with full page photographs of all the recipes we made on the day.

If you want to re-create your own ice cream platter at home for a special occasion here are a few suggestions.

  • Add a variety of biscuits for ice cream sandwiches on a platter: oreos, dutch stroopwafels or homemade biscuits. I still want to try this recipe by Bibbys kitchen
  • Select colourful fruits like strawberries, blueberries and kiwis. Peaches, cherries,oranges and mangoes will also work, depending on the season.
  • Fill small Consol jars with mini marshmallows, sprinkles, different sauces and nuts
  • To fill in all the gaps add some caramel popcorn
  • Don’t forget the sugar cones
  • If you have a variety of ice creams label them
  • A pro-tip that I will use for the next classes: place ice cream containers in an ice bath so it does not melt so quickly in the summer.
  • Keep ice cream scoop in boiling water for easy cleaning

What my students have to say!

My husband and I love to share in experiences and we were particularly looking forward to Ankie’s ice cream making class — and what a delicious treat it was! Ankie creates a social and fun space for all participants to enjoy. She is an easy going, relaxed and thoughtful teacher. Such attention to detail with lovely touches throughout the morning. We loved the different stations and that we got to sample everything that was made with love by the participants. Definitely recommend it for a fun, relaxed and interesting morning experience with your partner, friend or family member. We look forward to attending another workshop soon! Simone Vasques

I always wanted to do an ice cream workshop and when my friend said there is 1 space left for tomorrow’s workshop through “Wooden spoon kitchen” at the Culture ban, I just booked and paid and hoped that I would not be disappointed as I had not researched the venue nor “Wooden Spoon Kitchen”.

Well, what a fantastic venue the “Culture ban” was and what a sensational workshop. The setup – the intro – the different work stations, the different ice cream we made and later consumed and my best are the ice cream recipes that are so beautifully presented in A4 size with images, ingredients and how to make them.

Thank you Ankie – you have me hooked and I will do more workshops through “Wooden Spoon kitchen”.Elonka.Reuss

Check out the dates for the last workshop for 2020 and book your tickets online

For more ice cream recipes on my site visit Avocado ice cream and Lemon ice cream

All pictures taken by Hello love photography

Ankie Niesing

Hi, I'm Ankie! Welcome to Wooden Spoon Kitchen, my pantry of life, love and health where we constantly stir laughter, learning, eating and cooking together!

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    1. Hi Sumaya

      Yes, I still have one planned in March/April. Please sign up for my newsletter so you will know when the next one is.

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