July 5, 2009

Discovering ice cream

Ed.--I wrote this post right after the July 4th weekend but we just got around to uploading photos today, so here you go.

Danimo brought his ice cream maker (rock salt + ice with electric churning blade) to the huge party so we tried our hand at making ice cream.
Guys. Ice cream is ridiculously easy to make. I am so going to buy myself/ask for a KitchenAid ice cream attachment the next time there are gift-giving holidays.

Creative solutions.

This is how we made nectarine-strawberry frozen yogurt ice cream. There's yogurt in it because we didn't have milk. Heavily mangled and adapted from David Leibovitz's vanilla ice cream recipe, and filtered through a highly subjective memory.

2 c. heavy cream
1.5 c. plain yogurt (lowfat if anyone cares)
1 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks
1 c. sugar + more to taste
2 nectarines, pureed
1.5 c. strawberries, pureed
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat cream on medium heat in a saucepan. Beat egg yolks and salt with sugar and add to warm cream, then continue heating until mixture thickens slightly (should coat back of a spoon)
Stickblend remaining ingredients into custard mixture, then chill in fridge until cold. Dump into ice cream maker and make ice cream.

Oh man it is so tasty.

Anyways once the strawberry-nectarine mix was done churning and we scooped out this delicious concoction and realized how easy ice cream is to make, we looked at each other, said "Holy shit this is amazing" and quite literally scrambled to make another batch of ice cream before our ice-salt mixture melted. The next batch was an eggless cream & milk base with cinnamon, and we threw it together so fast I don't recall what the proportions were.

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