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.