Ice Cream


Some of the recipes use these recipes:

Simple Syrup:
4 cups sugar
4 cups water
Place the water and sugar in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then
refrigerate in a covered jar.
Makes about 1 quart

Custard Ice Cream Base:
This base will keep for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator in a tightly-covered jar.
It is important that the jar be well sealed or the base will pick up flavors from other foods. If you prefer to use turbinado sugar, substitute it for the granulated in the recipe.
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
3 cups heavy cream
Heat the cream, milk and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk briefly. Still whisking, slowly pour in about 1 cup of the hot liquid. When the mixture is smooth, slowly pour it into the liquid in the saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Be sure not let the mixture boil at any time or will curdle. Strain into a clean bowl and use as directed in the specific recipes. Stir in the nuts.
Makes 1 quart.

ALMOND
1/4 cup blanched almonds
2 cups milk
2/3 cup heavy cream
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar

Reduce the almonds to a powder. Add the milk and heavy cream, mix thoroughly together. In a saucepan, heat the almond mixture and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and reserve.
In a bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the almond mixture and mix well with wooden spoon. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Stir over medium-low heat until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon, do not boil.
Strain custard into a clean bowl and refrigerate until cold. Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instruction. Transfer to covered container and freeze until firm.

APPLE WALNUT
2 apples, cored, peeled, chopped
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 teaspon cinnamon
1 cup milk
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 chopped walnuts

Steam apples until soft. Puree with 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 cup of cream and cinnamon Beat egg yolks. Beat 1/2 cup of sugar. Heat milk and 1 cup of cream just short of boiling. Stir into egg yolks. Mix milk/egg and apple mixtures. Cool. Mix in machine. Add walnuts when ice cream nearly ready.

Two 16-oz. cans apricots packed in heavy syrup, drained, liquid discarded
3/4 cup simple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream

Purée the apricots in a food processor. Add the syrup. lemon juice and cream.
Pour the mixture into the bowl of the machine and freeze.
Makes about 1 quart.

AVOCADO
(Yield: a bit more than 1 pt)
1 pt. half and half (1 cup milk + 1 cup cream)
1/2 cup sugar
3 yolks
1/4 cup dark rum
2 ripe Haas avocadoes, pureed
juice and zest of one lime

First make 1 pint creme anglaise: Heat to a simmer 1 pt. half and half and 1/2 cup sugar. In a bowl, whisk 3 yolks.
Mix 1/3 of the hot liquid with the yolks, whisking. This warms the yolks. Now whisk the yolk mixture back into the hot liquid OFF THE FLAME. Let cool.
When cool, add flavoring: 1/4 cup dark rum 2 ripe Haas avocadoes, pureed juice and zest of one lime. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Notes: ------ As you can see, this recipe is constructed so that it is easy to add any flavoring to the basic custard.
Where it asks to add flavoring, try: Balsamic vinegar: Add 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. (nutty and vanilla like, but slightly tangier. No one will even guess)
Cognac: Add 1/3 cup cognac
Passionfruit: Add 1/4 cup passionfruit puree.

BANANA version 1
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup purée bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

In a saucepan, combine the milk, cream, eggs, sugar and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the mixture until cool. Combine the cooled custard with the bananas, vanilla and nutmeg. Pour into freezer container. Freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

BANANA version 2
The riper the bananas, the more flavor.
4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup simple syrup
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream

Working quickly to keep the bananas from darkening, peel and place them in a food processor with the lemon juice. purée until smooth. You should have about 2 cups of purée. Stir in the simple syrup, then the cream Pour the mixture into the bowl of the machine and freeze.
Makes about 1 quart
BANANA PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM
3 cups milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 ripe bananas
1 lemon, juice

Beat eggs in a bowl. Beat in sugar. Heat milk to almost boiling. Stir into eggs. Add cream. Cool. Stir 1 cup of milk mixture into peanut butter to make peanut butter more liquid. Pour peanut butter mixture into milk mixture. Mix in machine. While mixing, mash bananas. Add juice of lemon to bananas. When ice cream almost solid, add
bananas and freeze until done.

BANANA WALNUT
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup cream
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Beat eggs in a bowl. Beat in sugar. Heat milk to almost boiling. Stir into eggs. Stir milk/egg mixture into bananas. Cool. Add cream. Mix in machine. Add walnuts shortly before done.


BERRY, BERRY STRAWBERRY
This is best made with fresh strawberries in season. Of course, that means you can only enjoy for a few weeks in the late spring, then you have to wait a whole year. It's worth the wait.
Take two pints of fresh, ripe strawberries, and prepare them by cleaning and topping them and cutting them into medium sized pieces. Then add in 1/2 cup of sugar and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Let them sit in the refrigerator overnight and then when the ice cream mix (see Old Time Vanilla recipe) has been prepared and aged (chilled in the refrigerator for four hours), add the juice from the strawberry preparation to the mix along with 10 drops of red food coloring and place the remaining strawberries in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator while you
freeze the mix according to the manufacturer’s directions. When the ice cream is almost frozen, add in the strawberries and finish freezing.


BLUEBERRY version 1
2 pints blueberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice
4 cups light cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a 3-quart saucepan combines blueberries, sugar and orange juice. Mash berries slightly and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and puree in a food processor or blender. Push mixture through a strainer with the back of a wooden spoon. Cool the mixture. In the chilled canister of ice-cream maker combine blueberry mixture, cream and vanilla. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.


BLUEBERRY version 2
3 cups blueberries
3 cups table cream
1 1/4 cups sugar

Blend in blender just before putting in machine.
Simple recipe, great ice cream. Nice texture, nice flavor (not too sweet).


BROWN SUGAR PECAN
1 cup milk
1 scant packed cup brown sugar
4 egg yolks
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup pecan pieces

Heat the cream. milk and sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk briefly. Still whisking, slowly pour in about 1 cup of the hot liquid. When the mixture is blended, slowly pour it into the liquid in the saucepan, whisking constantly. Cook over heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Be sure not let the mixture boil at any time or will curdle. strain into a clean bowl and cool thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.
Pour the mixture into the bowl of the machine and freeze.
Makes 5 cups. 

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