Monday, May 21, 2012

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Mmmm.... the first ice cream of the summer, and it's homemade!

I modified this recipe from the one that came with my ice cream machine. Strangely enough the one that came with the machine made too much batter to actually fit in the bowl... so I've modified it so it doesn't overflow the mixer anymore.

Start with the base, which is an amazing Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups half and half (creamo, light cream, whatever you want to call it)
6 eggs yolks
1 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
4 tsp vanilla

Then add
1 1/2 cups add ins... for this recipe I used crushed Oreos and made Cookies and Cream

Heat half and half over medium heat in a mid-sized saucepan until it is very hot, but not boiling. Meanwhile in another bowl, whip together egg yolks and sugar until well blended, and slightly thickened. Pour in the heated half and half and mix until well blended.

Return mixture to the saucepan and heat until it is steaming and small bubbles form around the edges but not boiling. Stir constantly as it heats.

Pour into a bowl (with a spout), then stir in whipping cream and vanilla. (Use really good vanilla if you can, I use my favourite stuff from Mexico). When the mixture is well blended chill for at least 8 hours.

Then follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to finish!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

UCM Grad Cake #2

Last year I made a grad cake for my friends at my church group. This year, I insisted on making the grad cake again, even though I was one of the grads and so I wasn't supposed to do any work for the grad party. I had fun making this cake, even though life was insane and I didn't really have time to do it. But two of my friends came over and we worked on it together and had a lot of fun.