This is the best kind of cheat’s dessert. Store-bought vanilla ice cream gets a swirl of cherry coulis before being sandwiched between two wafers of stroopwafel.


Makes 6 sandwiches

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes


For the cherry coulis

250g cherries, fresh or frozen

50g castor sugar

1/2t vanilla extract


For the ice-cream sandwiches

2-litre tub good-quality vanilla ice cream

12 Hollandse Stroopwafels  (Dutch syrup waffles)

Fresh cherries, to serve (optional)


For the cherry coulis

1. Place the cherries, sugar and 100ml water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes until the berries become soft. Stir in the vanilla. 2. Remove from heat and refrigerate until well chilled.

For the ice-cream sandwiches

1. Allow the ice cream to soften for about 20 minutes, before gently swirling in 1 cup coulis with a butter knife. 

2. Place 6 metal ring cutters onto a metal tray and fill each ring with ice cream. Freeze until set. 

3. Once set, place each of the six rings onto a stroopwafel. Gently remove the ring (use a cloth soaked in warm water to ease away the ring). Top with another stroopwafel and serve.  

Featured image: Micky Hoyle