Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
1 t. pure vanilla extract

In medium bowl, combine eggs and sugar with whisk. Add cream, milk and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Place in ice cream maker and freeze according to machine directions until almost frozen. Place in airtight plastic container in freezer for at least 30-45 minutes before serving, to firm up. And the most important part... enjoy!

Note: This ice cream is derived from Ben & Jerry's ice cream recipe book. You can use these amounts of eggs, sugar, cream and milk for any ice cream base that you want to make! Be creative! (Or go to Coldstone and get some ideas for mix-ins there!)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream!!

So, last year I did a homemade ice cream demo and attempted to make chocolate ice cream in front of more than just a few lady friends of mine... it was disastrous. I thought, "How hard can it be?" Well, with the right recipe it isn't too bad, but you can't just mix in some chocolate into a traditional vanilla base, like I thought (stupidly).

So for you today is Ben & Jerry's light (as in not too rich, but NOT low fat) chocolate ice cream recipe. This is a good one to eat by itself or to mix in whatever your little heart desires {Oreos, marshmallows, brownies, fudge swirls, coconut, walnuts, caramel...) It is perfectly creamy and chocolaty. Enjoy.

1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/4 c. cocoa
1 c. whole milk
2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. cream
1 t. vanilla

Melt chocolate in double boiler or in a glass bowl in 20 second intervals. Whisk in 2 T. cocoa and 2 T. milk until smooth. Slowly incorporate the rest of the cocoa along with equal amounts of milk until the mixture is fairly smooth. There may be a few small lumps, that's OK. Pour in whatever milk you haven't already added and whisk until smooth. Cool in refrigerator for 3-4 hours until completely cooled.
When mixture is cold, whisk eggs and sugar together in a medium bowl. Whisk in cream and vanilla. Whisk in chocolate mixture.
Pour in ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker's directions.
If adding any mix-ins, do it once the ice cream is mostly done in your ice cream maker, mix them in and then transfer to plastic containers and then to your freezer.
(Makes 1 qt.)

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