Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TWD - Vanilla Ice Cream


This week’s TWD challenge was vanilla ice cream and was chosen by Lyn of café Lynnylu. I decided to make only 1/3 of the recipe as we weren’t doing any entertaining this week and ice cream isn’t something you really crave in the middle of winter. But after I made the ice cream I so wished that I had made the whole recipe – this is some of the best ice cream I have tasted!

The recipe was quite rich with two egg yolks for every 2/3 c milk and 1/3 c cream. I made the vanilla custard on Saturday and churned it on Sunday. The vanilla custard even without churning into ice-cream was absolutely delicious. Instead of infusing a vanilla bean into the milk and cream, I used vanilla sugar (which I make myself by storing a split vanilla pod in a canister of castor sugar) and also about ¼ tsp of vanilla paste.

I looked at all the variations to the ice cream and thought that mint chocolate chip sounded yummy, but because I had made my base so vanillary (not a word, but you know what I mean) I thought by adding mint I might have competing flavours. So I decided to make what would be my favourite flavour, if you could get it commercially – vanilla, double chocolate ice cream. I added chopped semi sweet chocolate chunks and chopped white chocolate chunks during the last minute of churning. It was divine!

Unfortunately because I only made 1/3 of the mixture, my ice cream only made two generous scoops. I decided to have ice-cream for lunch yesterday. I scooped myself one generous scoop and ate it slowly to savour each delicious mouthful. Then I asked my husband if he wanted any ice cream. When he said no, I greedily at the second scoop. It was sooooo good. I really wished there was more in the freezer that I could go and make now. I will definitely be making this again.

See what variations the other TWDers made here.

26 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Ice cream for lunch is the best! Your ice cream looks great. I like the two types of chocolate in it.

SassyCassie said...

Oh yum! I certainly crave ice cream year round!

Cakelaw said...

Your icecream looks delicious! I agree that the custard by itself tasted good. I only made a half portion, and wish that I had made it all - it was sooooo good.

Amanda said...

I agree it was absolutely awesome! Yours looks great, love the additions!

Zeetra said...

yummmy.. I love mint too, especially in ice or chocolate, very refreshing I think.. But your ice-cream looks so, well delish...

Leslie said...

You're nicer than I am...I wouldn't have asked him if he wanted any! I love your flavor combination, and I'm encouraged that you got a nice result with less cream.

SiHaN said...

you should have just gone with your heart and made more! hhe. it was damm delicious!

Jacque said...

Mmm, ice cream for lunch. Perfect!

chocolatechic said...

I made the whole thing, and I'm so glad that I did, especially when we are in the middle of summer.

ostwestwind said...

Oh, I can eat ice cream the whole year round. In winter vanilla ice cream with hot rum-cherries ;-), mint is for summer...

Great presentation

Ulrike @ Küchenlatein

Di said...

Mmm, sounds delicious. I've been eating most of the ice cream around here, too.

Judy said...

Sounds like a great flavor combination. I halved the recipe, and it disappeared too quickly. At least the egg whites can be used in cookies!

Linda said...

In addition to the vanilla, I made a batch of mint chip, which is setting up in the freezer...can't wait to see how it turns out.

I think your variation with the double chocolate chunks sounds divine...YUM!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

too bad for your husband- he missed out! looks great!

Heather B said...

ohhh...ice cream for lunch! That's my kinda meal! Love your ice cream!

Clivia said...

Good for you for eating both scoops! They look delicious.

Heather said...

Vanilla and chocolate - what a divine combination! Just think how many scoops you could have had if you had made a full recipe.

Jaime said...

only 2 scoops?! how sad!! haha
glad you liked it

TeaLady said...

That looks so good. Great ice cream.

I photographed that glass full this morning and then, of course, HAD to eat it. LOL

The Food Librarian said...

Love ice cream for lunch! This looks delicious.

Kayte said...

Very cute about the two scoops. Your ice cream is very pretty in that little dish with all the chunks peeking out. I have been hearing a lot of people talking about vanilla paste and I have never tried that, so I am going in search of some this weekend and experiment with that to see what that is all about! Thanks for the tip about using it in the canister sugar.

jillbert said...

Your double chocolate version sounds delicious. I love ice cream no matter what the season!

Erin said...

It looks delicious! I make ice cream all year. I've been known to eat ice cream while sitting by a toasty fire :)

Engineer Baker said...

Ice cream for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert... Don't forget a midnight snack! Definitely should have gone with the whole recipe :)

Kim said...

Wow that looks wonderful. The double chocolate sounds yummy. I think ice cream for lunch, breakfast or dinner is totally acceptable.

Megan said...

Hey Tammy I made this ice cream last night except I made mont chocolate chip. It was fantastic...in fact my boys wanted more. I made half of the recipe but next time I'll have to make the whole thing.