Monday, November 14, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream

Make yourself some ice-cream. Go on, you know you deserve it, for something you did right. I love ice-cream, and luckily for me, so do a lot of other people on this lovely planet. If you've ever heard of Ben & Jerry's ice cream you probably love how lush and creamy it is. (if you haven't you're missing out on something) Although I am super lucky that they sell their products internationally (I can go to the store and buy it!!) it's usually hard to find more than 5 flavors. So the answer to every food item when you can't buy it: Make it yourself! And Ben & Jerry's made this a lot easier for people like you and me, they made a cookbook, which I absolutely adore. It's small, colorful and cheap even (hint,hint, gift idea) and has soooo many recipes that you won't be running out of ideas anytime soon. I started by making french vanilla then, covered some hazelnuts in dark chocolate, got some caramel and voila, new ice-cream flavor.
So here's the basic recipe:

  • 2 eggs
  • 150g (3/4 cup) sugar
  •  500ml (2 cups) heavy cream
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Whisk the eggs, until light and fluffy for about 3 minutes.
2. Slowly sprinkle in the sugar, and whisk until fully incorporated.
3. Add the milk,cream,vanilla extract and the vanilla bean, (cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the pulp) whisk until fully combined.
4. Then pour into your ice-cream machine and churn according to manufactures instructions.

 I didn't really measure out how many hazelnuts I used or how much ice-cream I had, I simply wanted to use what I had leftover from serving it to my friends (with the chocolate cheesecake)
For the one in the picture, just melt a little chocolate in your microwave, then add nuts of your choice and stir. Lay them on a piece if foil to cool and then add them to your ice-cream, and top with some caramel because that way it'll taste really good.

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