lemon thyme ice cream sandwiches. and life

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If you follow me on Instagram you’d be aware that I was diagnosed with a combination of carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis in my right (dominant) wrist just over two weeks ago. Although I’m seeing a specialist, I’m temporarily off work as both conditions reduce my ability to write and type (key aspects of my professional role, unfortunately).

I’ve also been unable to complete upper body workouts at the gym, lift heavy objects, clean the house and cook (chop, whisk, use a mortar and pestle) with my right hand which has led to a lot of frustration and ‘experimental’ left handed activity.

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For instance, I’m predominantly typing this blog post with my left hand. It’s gosh-darn slow, but manageable. Left-handed cleaning yielded similar results; slow but steadily achievable.

Left-handed cooking? Uh, let’s just say that I’m far from ambidextrous. Flipping pans was fine, but left-handed chopping was downright dangerous. I ended up positioning the knife with my right hand and pressing down with my left to limit stress through my right arm. I felt like a three-legged tortoise trying to complete an obstacle course (only to be overtaken by a sprightly, ambidextrous hare).

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Thankfully, things have improved since the horrid first week and I’m part-way back to normality (with a bit of residual wrist tingling). Props should be given to sAaron for interim nourishment, sous chef services and love, alongside catch-up episodes of Masterchef Australia (for saving me from absolute boredom).

Anyway, I intended this to be a short post (reasons for which should be obvious) and here I am past paragraph four (reasons for which should be obvious; this blog is pretty much an omnibus). Let’s, uh, cut to the chase (that gosh-darn ambidextrous hare) which in this case, is otherwise known as a lemon thyme ice cream sandwich.

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The idea for these frozen treats came from (unsurprisingly, refer to above) an episode of Masterchef Australia. The recipe below is mine, however the flavour profile can be mostly credited to contestant Georgia Barnes (her version can be found here).

The cookies below are entirely dreamy; buttery soft (melt in the mouth), lemon scented and slightly savoury thanks to the addition of thyme. They can be eaten on their own with a cup of tea or sandwiched together with creamy ice cream and a drizzle of thyme-infused honey.

As noted, I used Wild Thyme honey from J.Friend and Co which beautifully echoed the herbal notes in the shortbread cookies. However, you can use regular honey, lemon curd or nothing extra at all. It’s entirely up to you.

Enjoy, with sticky fingers and honey dripping down your chin. With either hand (you ambidextrous hare).

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Lemon Thyme Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup (250g) salted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s (icing) sugar. sifted
  • 1/4 cup cornflour (pure corn, not the wheat variety)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest (roughly the zest from 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (or lemon thyme) leaves, chopped

In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a hand held or electric whisk. When creamy and pale, add in the flour and cornflour. Continue mixing until well combined (the dough will still be rather sticky and soft).

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Add in the lemon zest and thyme, then turn out onto a bench lined with plastic wrap. Shape into a log (about 6cm diameter. 20cm length), then transfer to the freezer. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

When your shortbread dough is frozen until firm, preheat oven to 170 degrees C (338 degrees f). Line two baking trays with parchment paper, then set aside. Unwrap the shortbread log and slice into 20 x 1-cm rounds. Lay 10 pieces on each baking tray, ensuring that each round is at least 2cm apart (they will spread slightly during the baking process).

Bake immediately for 15-20 minutes* or until pale golden. The cookies will spread a bit and still be slightly soft when you remove them from the oven, so allow them to cool on the baking tray before transferring them to a wire rack.

*I’ve based this recipe on my gas oven with no fan, you might need to watch them a little more if you have a fan-forced electric oven. They spread and brown fast due to the high butter content.

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To serve you will need:

Carefully spread half of the cookies with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream (be careful as the cookies are extremely ‘short’, i.e. crumbly).

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Drizzle with a little thyme-infused honey if desired, then sandwich with another cookie (I probably didn’t need to tell you that, but anyway). Dust over a few edible flowers if you’re feeling dreamy.

Serve immediately (and quickly, mine started to melt instantly – hence the messy photos) or re-freeze, wrapped in a loose layer of plastic wrap. Enjoy. Unless you’re Loki. Poor Loki.

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36 responses

  1. Great recipe, my blog is all about ice cream, love it! Try these with kahramanmaras ice cream – you can get from Turkish deli. Doesn’t melt so easily. Going to try these this week. Hope your wrist better soon.

  2. I would eat this with both hands or either!!:) impressed with your left-handed typing..can only imagine the incredible chopping frustration! Happy to hear that your wrist is feeling a bit better, love xx

  3. I’m glad to hear the arm is on the mend! Nothing worse than not being able to do the things you love. These Ice Cream Sandwiches looks like they could ease the pain of just about anything!

  4. Just yum!! And I love your little helper. He is so cute. Hope your wrist continues to improve. It’s definitely a learning process to try and do things differently so as not to make it flare again. I remember dropping more than one Calphalon skillet when I first got it, which was very frustrating. I think you need at least one more ice cream sandwich for recovery purposes. Hope your week goes well. xx

    • Oh gosh, I relate to that frustration! It’s driving me a bit mad but thankfully I’m recovering slowly. And I’m sure those sandwiches were therapeutic ;) xx

  5. Pleased to know that you’re on the mend Laura… it can be so debilitating to lose the use of a limb (even if only temporarily). You’ve done so well though to create this beautiful post and absolutely delicious little treats! They really do look sooo good!

    • It’s the first time I’ve ever had an injury that has held me up this much, even knee/ankle stuff seemed a little more accommodating! Never mind. There’s a point of learning in everything and I have learned heaps about my own dependence on my right hand (and the need to upskill the left!). Thanks for the lovely words xxx

  6. Oh Laura, sorry to hear you have been doing it tough with your wrist! I had tendonitis in my wrist when I was in high school and recall it being very sucky. Glad to hear you are on the mend through, and I love the look of those ice cream sandwiches. Lemon and thyme is such a beautiful combination. Also love the puppy shots, as always.

    • Thanks so much Caeli, argh… sorry to hear that you had the tendinitis too! Sending you a big hug, thanks for being an awesome friend (we WILL meet one day!) xx

  7. Yikes – both CT and tendinitis are awful – I had them both in college as a musician. The worst! Glad you are getting better! :)

    The cookes sound just terrific, Laura – I can’t wait to try them!

    • Sorry to hear you experienced the same thing in college David. It’s a shame that our jobs and lives seem to involve so many repetitive tasks these days. SO bad for the limbs! Glad you’ve recovered ;) And yep, I am pretty sure these cookies were involved in my slow recovery (better have one more to be safe!) x

  8. Haha, that shot of Loki! That gaze of pure desire. It is golden. So these look amazing! Ice cream may be one of my biggest weaknesses, food-wise, and I am rearing to make these as soon as I get home! I don’t eat or make shortbread cookies often, but boy do yours look irresistible! And ah, the combination of lemon, thyme, and honey… Just sounds so utterly delightful.

    Glad to hear that you are on the up and up, and I pray that your hand soon heals back to full strength, lest you be forced to feel like a three-legged tortoise any longer!

    Love you, Laura dear, and hope that you are well!!
    xxx

    • Oh, thank you so much beautiful! Love you Ali, thanks for the prayers. God’s been good and I have learned heaps from this episode of physical limitation (so blessed to have had a forced ‘slow’ period despite the frustration!). Thanks so much, hope you are going well too xxx

  9. Oh Laura, I’m sorry to hear you are in pain. It is so frustrating when your body wont let you do what you brain wants you to do! I can totally empathize. My old faithful bulging disc that behaved itself for more than a decade decided to rear its ugly, painful head randomly and suddenly one morning. Three weeks of sick leave later and at least I can bend over to put on my socks again! Gah! I love how through your adversity you still managed to bake these amazing treats. You are a bit of a super woman!

    • Oh no, I am so sorry that you’ve had an old injury reoccur as well Martine! You poor love. Take care and stay warm on these cold days. And yes, haha… slowly but surely. I missed cooking too much to leave it alone! xxx

  10. So sadly sorry to hear about your wrist– hope you are managing to take it easy so it continues to improve!! But in spite of it all, these cookies are amazing and so beautiful! Love the photo of the pouring honey! and your Loki looking on made me laugh out loud!! Blessings–take care…

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