ceturtdiena, 2012. gada 2. februāris

Winter delights II- Home made Ice Cream

Hmmm... isn't that a little funny that in summer we make hot apple crumbles, berry puddings, but in winter- ice creams? Well, I think it's not really important. What is really important here on green carpet is that we treat ourselves with something good. And that is- home made from scratch, only natural ingredients, delightful tastes, fun of making and that long "Mmmmmmm" while eating later with family and friends. Yes, I'm really talking about Ice Cream.
And a green bonus point- if you're an Ice Cream lover like me, home made from scratch is another step up against boosting consumerism of unnatural products.
Our customers in the guest house order Pavlova once in a while. That is also always my birthday cake. And what's usually the 'problem' with it? It takes many, many egg whites and leaves yolks unused. So we dived in the sea of Ice Cream recipes and picked our favorites that all have the Custard base (Fatty Milk-Cream-Sugar-Egg Yolk-Vanilla Bean).

Various recipes require various amounts of eggs, milk, cream, sugar, so we use this Custard base and modify it to every recipe afterwards by adding extra ingredients. It's much easier to do so if you have about 50 egg yolks and you want to make some 6 or more different Ice Creams.

After few evenings of making Ice Cream, our favorites so far in no particular order are:

Pure Vanilla Ice Cream
Rich Chocolate Ice Cream with Whole Cherries
Green Tea Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream with Wild Strawberries
Masala Chai Ice Cream
Black Currant Ice Cream
Dark Bread Ice Cream with Roasted Hazelnuts
Vanilla Ice Cream with Cherries
Lavender Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream Ice Cream with Nuts and Raisins
Saffron Vanilla Ice Cream
Cow-berry Ice Cream (recipe in Autumn Delights post)

I thought it would be too long to post all the recipes here since it's quite easy to make Ice Cream according to your own tastes, but if you want to know specifics, let me know!

Nothing compares to home made Ice Cream and it is really easy to make! And you do not have to own an Ice Cream making machine to do that, just a regular freezer!
Warning: it's delicious in all its forms, so be prepared to eat lots of it!

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