Thursday, October 29, 2009

I scream for ice cream

When I was little, I used to make homemade chocolate ice cream with my grandmother using double bowls, ice, and salt. Imagine my delight when I spotted the Cuisinart ice cream maker at Macys.com. I persuaded my fiance that he would also enjoy homemade ice cream (no preservatives, simple ingredients) and we added it to our wedding registry.

Well about a week ago, I came home to find a big box from Macy's on the front porch. It was an engagement gift from his Aunt Peggy and her boyfriend Bob! Inside the big box was the ice cream maker - we immediately started to plot our first batch. I was soooo excited!

I wanted to make peppermint, and my fiance wanted something crunchy so we settled on mint ice cream with crushed Scharffenberger chocolate.

The final product was creamy and light - sort of like a more substantial whipped cream. We have been enjoying it all week. The recipe we used called for milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips. Next time I want to find a recipe that calls for eggs too so I can see how that changes the flavor. I also want to make a lemon verbena flavored ice cream. Do you have any favorite recipes (or flavors) we should add to the list?

Thanks again Aunt Peggy and Bob!

6 comments:

  1. Perfect Scoop is about as good of a book for ice cream recipes as you can find!

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  2. Thanks Talley! I will check it out! Any favorite flavors I shouldn't miss?

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  3. too many to list! I love his cherry ice cream (uses sour cream to great effect), his fig ice cream, and a real shocker: chartreuse ice cream. Tons of interesting ideas too... with plenty of custard based ice creams (using eggs) and non-egg styles...

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  4. I love figs! I really want to try the fig ice cream - I would have never thought of that. I will definitely check out this book next time we walk over to the Borders in our neighborhood.

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