Thursday, 15 April 2010

tonight is another round of leftovers. husband will be eating some beef and beer while i will have a bowl of soup. i did manage to make my first batch of homemade ice cream today. results are surprisingly tasty.
my ice cream maker

yup, that's it. a toy ice cream maker bought for 50p, that's like 75cents. i buy toy cameras all the time and use those, why not try out some toy food production equipment?
i read this post and followed some of the tips.
i let my insert freeze for over 24hrs. i went out this morning and bought some cream since that's the only ingredient i didn't have. i put the cream in the freezer for about an hour. i put some milk in a pot with half of a vanilla pod- split and the seeds scraped and brought it up to a boil. i then turned down the heat and let it simmer for 5min before turning the heat totally off and letting the milk cool in the pan. when the milk was cool i strained it into a plastic container and put that in the freezer for about 20min. i took the insert out and put it in my little machine. i put the cream and milk into the insert and started cranking. the whole cranking part took about 5min. because the cream was so cold to begin with things quickly set up to form ice cream. when the mix looked pretty solid i scraped it out into a plastic container, covered it with some plastic wrap and pressed it down to get any air bubble out, put a lid on and popped it in the freezer.
this is what it looks like a few hours after going in the freezer. it's pretty solidly frozen. it tastes good and has a decent texture. i didn't add sugar to this batch, pretty much just because i didn't think to until it was too late. i should have put sugar in the milk when it was boiling so it would dissolve.
i scored some cheap strawberries today and i'm going to turn them into strawberry sauce. that will taste great over the ice cream. some of the sauce will also go into my next batch of ice cream which i will do in a few days.
what's in my ice cream?
  • 125ml of single cream
  • 125ml of whole milk
  • 1/2 a vanilla pod
shopping for today

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