Cinnamon Basil Grilled Plums and Sichuan Pepper Ice Cream & Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

July 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6-8 , makes 1 quart

Ingredients

2 tablespoons fresh cinnamon basil, chopped fine
2-3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 teaspoons  Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon pink salt
2 pounds red flesh plums, halved
½ cup of honey or cinnamon basil syrup  ( Field Apothecary)
2 cups heavy cream
Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

Directions

On a large plate place the plums flesh side up.  In a small mixing bowl, combine the cinnamon basil sugar, (only) 1 teaspoon of the Sichuan peppercorns, and the salt and mix well.  Sprinkle the mixture all over the tops of the plums and let sit for about 20 minutes.  Heat the grill to a high heat.  Place the plums flesh side down on a clean grill and cook until slightly charred and tender.  About 2 minutes.  Take off grill and place back on the plate with the sugar etc.  Allow to cool.   In a blender, combine the plums and all the scrapings from the plate with the honey or syrup and blend until totally smooth.  There will be pieces of skin but this adds beautiful color.  Add the heavy cream and blend again until well combined.  Refrigerate mixture until well chilled.  Process in an ice cream maker according to directions or just freeze, the creamy texture of the plums allows for a creamy ice cream simply in the freezer!  Serve with a little Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble on top.

Toasted Quinoa Spiced Crumble

Makes ½ cup

Ingredients

½ cup almonds, chopped fine
¼ cup black quinoa
½ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, cracked fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon almond oil

Direcitons

Pre-heat oven to 325˚ F.  In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed and all nuts and seeds are coated.  Place the nut and seed mixture on a lined baking sheet making sure to lie out evenly.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned.  Allow to cool completely. Alternatively, toast the quinoa in a saute pan and add almonds and sichuan peppers. Add honey and almond oil, stir and take off heat.  Place on wax paper to solidify.


Ginger Ice Cream with Chai Spiced Oven Caramelized Blood Oranges and Pistachios

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

chai spiced citrus

Serves 5

Ingredients

For the ice cream

2 eggs
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine (chopped not grated)


For the topping

1 vanilla bean, split, scraped and cut into pieces
3 blood oranges, halved and sliced thin ( peels on)
2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
1 chai tea bag or 1 tablespoon fresh ground chai tea/spices
½  cup chopped pistachios
Pinch of salt

Directions

Whisk together the eggs and the sugar until a creamy whipped consistency occurs, add the heavy cream and continue to whisk until a smooth cream is formed.  Meanwhile bring the milk, fresh ginger and vanilla bean to a boil in a medium sauce pan, making sure not to burn the milk by stirring often.   When the milk is boiling  reduce heat to a medium low and continue to stir.  Add about a half of a cup of the hot milk to the cream and egg mixture and stir.  Slowly pour the cream and egg mixture into the hot milk, whisking slowly the entire time.  Continue to cook on a medium to low heat until he mixture thickens and a velvety custard like consistency forms, about 4 minutes.  Take the mixture off the heat and place in a stainless steel bowl and cool completely and chill.  When fully chilled process the ice cream in a n ice cream maker.

Pre heat oven to 400° F.  In a large bowl  combine all the ingredients and toss together until all the citrus is coated nicely.  Place the mixture on a large flat baking sheet, making sure the blood oranges are arranged flat.  Bake for about 7-8 minutes.  Turn the oven to broil and finish for about 2 minutes, making sure that the citrus brown and crisp or caramelize but not burn. Serve warm over the ginger ice cream.

Oven Caramelized Citrus Sundaes with Vanilla and Sage

January 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lemon, halved and sliced
1 lime, halved and sliced
1 mandarin orange, halved and sliced
10 kumquats, halved
1 cup demerara sugar
Handful of fresh sage leaves
1 fresh vanilla bean, split
Vanilla Ice Cream

Directions

Pre heat oven to 400° F.  In a large bowl combine all the citrus halved and sprinkle with ¼ cup of the sugar and toss together well.  Chop up the fresh sage (leaving a few sprigs whole) and toss those into the citrus bowl, along with the vanilla bean.  Arrange the segments on a baking sheet flat and sprinkle with the remaining amount of sugar. Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.  Place the oven on broil and broil for a few more minutes until the citrus is charred slightly.  Spoon the mixture over vanilla ice cream!~

PUMPKIN ICE CREAM WITH MAPLE & SAGE GLAZED PECAN NIBBLES

October 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt4 egg yolks, whisked
1 cup pumpkin puree
Maple & Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk heavy, cream, sugar, and spices and bring to just about a boil. Reduce heat to a medium simmer, so that milk is just bubbling but not boiling. Pour a little of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk gently.  Repeat this step.   Whisk in egg yolk mixture to the milk, making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat and add a pinch of salt. Mix in the pumpkin puree and gently mix until well combined and smooth. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

During the last 20 minutes of the ice cream formation, add about ½ to 1 cup of the Maple & Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles and allow to finish freezing.

Sage Glazed Pecan Nibbles

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups raw pecans
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Toss all of the items together in a large bowl until the pecans have absorbed all the butter and the mixture is well combined.  Place on a baking sheet, evenly distributed and bake for about 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  Let cool completely before using.


Orange Halva Ice Cream with Ros Al Hanout Brown Sugar Sauce

March 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
Zest of 2 oranges
¼ cup fresh orange juice
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1½ cup tahini
Cup heavy cream
Salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk, orange zest, orange juice and sugar and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing zest to infuse. Bring the heat to medium again, whisk in sugar and egg yolks making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat add a pinch of salt and whisk in tahini and heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and often follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Moroccan Spiced Dried Fruit & Nut Sundaes

January 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup dried figs, chopped
½ cup dried dates, chopped
½ cup almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon traditional ros el hanout recipe
1 cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ stick butter
¼ tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla ice cream

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl mix together the dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, zest and ros al hanout until well mixed. In a small sauce pan on medium heat place the sugar, water and orange juice and stir until the sugar dissolves. Increased the heat to high and boil, stirring constantly until the sugar turns a deep amber color. Brush the sides down with a wet pastry brush to ensure that caramel doesn’t form on the side of the pan. This should take approximately five minutes. Whisk in the butter and then once the butter is melted and whisked in, whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla. Add the dried fruit and nut mixture and take off heat. Let stand a few minutes to cool and drizzle over ice cream!

Black Cherry Ice Cream

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream, whipped to thick consistency
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups ripe black cherries halved

Directions

Make sure the heavy cream is whipped to a thick consistency and mix in sugar and lemon juice and fold in cherries. Freeze by using an ice cream maker or by the hand method, beating after a few hours in the freezer and letting freeze again.

Almond, Black Cherry Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Sandwich

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

12 Almond cookies
1 cup Black Cherry Ice Cream
9 ounces bitter sweet dark Chocolate

Directions

Place a scoop of ice cream on a almond cookie and place another cookie on top, squeeze down to make a sandwich. Place in freezer on a lined baking sheet for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, chop chocolate and place in a double boiler pan with simmering hot water underneath. Let melt, dip the frozen sandwich in the melted chocolate using a spoon to cover or alternatively cover just one side and place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes or until frozen.

Black Cherry Ice Cream
Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream, whipped to thick consistency
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups ripe black cherries halved

Directions

Make sure the heavy cream is whipped to a thick consistency and mix in sugar and lemon juice and fold in cherries. Freeze by using an ice cream maker or by the hand method, beating after a few hours in the freezer and letting freeze again.

Tarragon Peach Ice Cream

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 large ripe peaches pitted and peeled and pureed or mashed (¼ cup reserved for nectar)
1 cup tarragon peach nectar (recipe follows)
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped

Directions

In a heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Whisk in egg yolks and continue to whisk while heating through and cook about 5 minutes on medium low heat, making sure the egg mixture does not boil. Remove it from the heat. Mix the nectar and peach puree in with the cream mixture until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add chopped fresh tarragon and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Tarragon Peach Nectar

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup peach puree
3 sprigs of fresh tarragon

Directions

In a saucepan, place sugar, water, peach puree and fresh tarragon sprigs and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes, discard tarragon sprigs, stir well and set nectar aside to cool.

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

9 tablespoons unsalted butter
1½ cups packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 firm-ripe bananas, peeled and cut crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices
¼ cup banana liqueur
½ cup dark rum
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch salt
6 cups (½-inch cubes) day-old French bread
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel Sauce, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10 by 14-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter and set aside. Melt the remaining 8 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 cup of the brown sugar and the cinnamon and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Add the bananas and cook on both sides, turning, until the bananas start to soften and brown, about 3 minutes. Add the banana liqueur and stir to blend. Carefully add the rum and shake the pan back and forth to warm the rum and flame the pan. (Or, off the heat, carefully ignite the rum with a match and return to the heat.) Shake the pan back and forth, basting the bananas, until the flame dies. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Whisk together the eggs, remaining ½ cup brown sugar, the cream, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the cooled banana mixture and bread and stir to blend thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake until firm, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. To serve, scoop the pudding onto dessert plates. Top each serving with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with caramel sauce, and serve immediately.

Caramel Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons to ¼ cup whole milk

Directions

Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves. Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, 2 to 3 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Carefully add the cram (it may splatter), whisk to combine, and remove from the heat. Add the milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. (The sauce will thicken as it cools.)

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril’s Delmonico, by Emeril Lagasse

Orange Sherbet

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

orange sherbert

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Frozen Beet Orange Sherbet Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 medium red beets, trimmed peeled and sliced
1 navel orange
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
Orange sherbet (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium saucepan placed sliced beets, juice and zest of the orange, sugar and tarragon and heat to a low boil stirring gently. Cook beets for about 3-5 minutes until tender but still firm. Take off heat and strain. Place beet slices on a lined baking sheet and freeze. Place a few spoons of the orange sherbet on the beet sliced and gently push down forming an ice cream sandwich shape, cover with the reaming frozen beet slices and refreeze. Make sure to thaw a few minutes prior to serving.

Orange Sherbet

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups whole milk

Directions

In a blender blend up all ingredients until smooth. Process in an ice cream maker using the manufacturer’s directions.

Basil Ice Cream

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
Salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk, sugar and basil leaves and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing basil to infuse, take off heat and allow to cool. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until very smooth in texture. Transfer back to the saucepan and heat to medium again, whisk in egg yolks making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat add a pinch of salt and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Garden Tomato, Bacon and Basil Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 6 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 tomatoes on the vine, sliced about ¼ inch thick
Basil ice cream (recipe follows)
6 bacon slices, cooked

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the tomato slices. Place a spoonful or two of the basil ice cream on top of a tomato slice and smash down gently until it covers the bottom tomato. Place a slice of bacon over the ice cream and cover with another frozen tomato slice, gently and push down. Freeze again for a short time and allow to thaw a few minutes before serving. (omitting the bacon is a great way to enjoy these sandwiches too).

Basil Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
Salt

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine milk, sugar and basil leaves and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes allowing basil to infuse, take off heat and allow to cool. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until very smooth in texture. Transfer back to the saucepan and heat to medium again, whisk in egg yolks making sure that the mixture stays smooth and creamy and that it does not boil. Take off heat add a pinch of salt and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Carrot & Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream Baby Ice Cream Sandwiches

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 sandwiches

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 cup ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream (recipe follows)

Directions

Take the top parts of the carrots and slice them in rounds thin but not paper thin, at least 1 inch wide. Arrange 10 slices of carrots on a lined baking sheet. Place a small spoon full of the ice cream over the carrot slices on the baking sheet making sure it is a small enough amount it doesn’t hang over the carrot slice. Place another (equal size) slice of carrot over the top of the ice cream and gently press down forming a tiny ice cream sandwich. Freeze for about 1 hour. Store in a zip lock freezer bag.

Ginger Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

1 cup cream cheese
1½ cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup heavy cream

Directions

In a blender, blend cream cheese, whole milk, sugar, orange juice and zest, nutmeg and salt until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream maker.

Mint Ice Cream with Fresh Orange-Beet Swirls

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 5 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
1 medium red beet, cooked and peeled and cubed
½ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into liquid. Discard mint. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolk well. Ladle a big spoon full of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking well, to avoid the eggs from cooking. Add the remainder of the egg mixture into the milk on the stove and the heat gently whisking constantly until a thick custard forms or until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon well; about 5-6 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to get very cold. Place in the freezer 10 minutes before making the ice cream. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker, following instructions of the machine.

Thaw the ice cream so it is just starting to get soft. Place the beet, sugar and the orange juice in a medium saucepan and heat until the sugar is melted. Blend in a blender until a smooth sauce. Drizzle the mixture into the soft ice cream using a spoon and swirling it, being careful not to mix the ice cream too much. Freeze.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with Strawberries & Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Jalapeno Strawberry Sauce

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups ice cream and ¾ cups of each sauce

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup dulce de leche
5 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup almonds, toasted and chopped
½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, yolks, and the cream to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in the dulce de leche until melted and fully incorporated. Add vanilla, salt and almonds. Mix well and then gently fold in the strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker using instructions.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup (4 ounces) of dark semisweet chocolate, shaved or chopped
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and whisk continuously for a few minutes until all chocolate is melted. Drizzle over ice cream.

Jalapeño-Strawberry Sauce

Makes ¾ cup

INGREDIENTS

½ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon jalapeño, deseeded and chopped super fine
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve over ice cream.

Fresh Mint Ice Cream

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar, and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into liquid. Discard mint. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolk well. Ladle a big spoon full of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking well, to avoid the eggs from cooking. Add the remainder of the egg mixture into the milk on the stove and heat gently whisking constantly until a thick custard forms or until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon well; about 5-6 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to get very cold. Place in the freezer 10 minutes before making the ice cream. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker, following instructions of the machine.

Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ gallon of ice cream

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
8 cups strawberries (chopped, with tops removed)
1 cup chopped mint
Strawberries and mint for garnish
Chocolate, melted
Fresh strawberries, stems in tact

Directions

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy sauce pan with 1 cup chopped mint. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, then strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and then mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. In the meantime, mix strawberries and mint simple syrup in a food processor until smooth. Mix pureed strawberries in with the custard mix, add chopped fresh mint if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and set in refrigerator to harden, serve with mint ice cream.

Chocolate Cookie Habañero Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

3 cups heavy cream
2 cups dark brown sugar
1 vanilla bean split
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 habañero pepper, deseeded, pith removed, and cut in half
9 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk, cold
Pinch of salt

30 medium dark chocolate cookies

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together cream, sugar, vanilla, mint leaves, and habañero pepper. Bring to a pre-boil, and reduce to simmer, about 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out habañero, vanilla, and mint leaves. Scrape the inside of the vanilla bean before discarding, and add to cream mixture. Place the mixture back on low heat, and, in the meantime, beat the egg yolks in a separate mixing bowl. Whisk the beaten eggs and buttermilk into the cream mixture, making sure the mixture does not cook the eggs, keep on very low, and keep whisking. Continue to whisk until mixture turns into a thick custard. Add a pinch of salt and take off of burner, and allow to cool. Then refrigerate. When cold, process ice cream in an ice cream maker, following directions of the ice cream maker.

To assemble cookies, place a scoop of ice cream on the flat part of the cookie, and place the other flat part of the cookie on the other side. Press down gently until a disc forms. Place on a cookie sheet or plate, and place in the freezer until frozen again.

Light Mint Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate Drizzle and Chocolate-Mint Leaves

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 10

INGREDIENTS

2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
1 dark mint chocolate bar, chopped into pieces
10 fresh mint leaves, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

For mint ice cream

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar, and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into liquid. Discard mint. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks well. Ladle a big spoon full of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking well, to avoid the eggs from cooking. Add the remainder of the egg mixture into the milk on the stove and heat gently whisking constantly until a thick custard forms or until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon well, about 5-6 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to get very cold. Place in the freezer 10 minutes before making the ice cream. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker, following instructions of the machine.

For chocolate mint leaves and chocolate drizzle

In a double boiler, add chocolate and warm until melted. Place mint leaves on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Drizzle some chocolate over the leaves and let harden (reserving some for drizzle on ice cream). Serve ice cream with chocolate drizzled over it and garnished with the chocolate mint leaves.

Avocado Ice Cream

November 12th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 avocados, meat scooped out
Juice of 1 lime
1½ cup whole milk
½ cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream

PREPARATION

Puree avocados, lime juice, whole milk and sugar in a blender until very smooth in texture. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and whisk in heavy cream until combined. Chill the mixture for a few hours in the refrigerator and then follow the instructions for your ice cream  maker.

Tarragon Peach Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
2 large ripe peaches pitted and peeled and pureed or mashed
1 cup water or peach nectar
½ cup tarragon plus 2 T chopped fresh tarragon

PREPARATION

In a saucepan, place ½ cup tarragon, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat set aside for 5 more minutes, strain tarragon and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and peach puree in with the cream until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add remainder of chopped tarragon and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Cherry Chive Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cherries lightly mashed
1 cup water
2 T chopped fresh chives

PREPARATION

In a saucepan place 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat and set aside for 5 more minutes and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and cherry mash in with the cream until well mixed, set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add chopped fresh chives and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Blueberry Lemon Thyme Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries lightly mashed
1 cup lemonade
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup chopped fresh lemon thyme plus 2 T chopped fresh lemon thyme

PREPARATION

In a saucepan place ½ cup fresh lemon thyme, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar is all dissolved. Let simmer for 5 more minutes to steep, take off heat, set aside for 5 more minutes. Strain lemon thyme and set simple syrup aside. In another heavy saucepan on medium heat, heat the cream until just about to boil but do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Mix the simple syrup and blueberry mash in with the cream until well mixed. Set aside in refrigerator for about an hour. Add remainder of chopped fresh lemon thyme and follow ice cream maker instructions.

Bay Laurel Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped bay laurel plus ½ cup

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy saucepan with 1 cup chopped bay laurel. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and them mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Mix pureed bay laurel syrup in with the custard mix, add chopped bay laurel if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Red Basil Ice Cream

November 3rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped red basil plus ½ cup

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy saucepan with 1 cup chopped red basil. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and them mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Mix pureed red basil syrup in with the custard mix, add chopped red basil if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup chopped lemon verbena plus ½ cup

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy saucepan with 1 cup chopped verbena. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and them mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. Mix pureed lemon verbena syrup in with the custard mix, add chopped verbena if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Fresh Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

November 2nd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
10 egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup sugar
1/4 cup water
8 cups strawberries (with tops removed)
1 cup chopped mint plus ½ cup mint
strawberries and mint for garnish

PREPARATION

Make simple syrup by placing ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in heavy sauce pan with 1 cup chopped mint. Bring to boil until sugar is totally dissolved. Let steep on simmer for five minutes, then strain and set syrup aside. Combine milk and cream in a heavy saucepan. Bring to just about boil but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside for about an hour. Bring milk mixture back to simmer. Whisk egg yolks and ½ cup sugar in a mixing bowl and then mix eggs into saucepan. A double boiler helps to ensure that the milk product does not boil. Stir over medium low heat until the mixture thickens into a custard. Usually about 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until very cold. In the meantime, mix strawberries and mint simple syrup in a food processor until smooth. Mix pureed strawberries in with the custard mix, add chopped fresh mint if desired and use ice cream maker according to instructions.

Mint Strawberry Ice Cream with Parsley Syrup

October 29th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds fresh sliced strawberry
1 c sugar
2 c heavy cream
2 c light cream
1 t vanilla extract
¾ t peppermint extract
¼ c chopped mint
Parsley syrup
1 c parsley
1 c sugar
1 c water

PREPARATION

In a large bowl, stir together strawberries, sugar and mint until combined well. Cover mixture and chill overnight, stirring occasionally. Drain strawberry mixture in a sieve set over a bowl pushing all the strawberries through. Mix with creams and stir well. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker following directions on the maker.

In a thick pan, add 1 c sugar, parsley and water and bring to a boil. Boil for about ten minutes until mixture is very thick and green. Strain, cool and drizzle over strawberry mint ice cream for an earthy treat.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Caramelized Pears and Hazelnuts

October 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine
2 large comice pears, cored and sliced
½ cup hazelnuts, roasted, unsalted and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoon sugar
Pinch of cardamom
1 pint of Vanilla Ice Cream

PREPARATION

In a medium skillet on medium high heat melt the butter. Add ginger and sauté for a few seconds and then add the sliced pears , hazelnuts and sauté a few more seconds until pears and nuts are coated with the butter ginger mixture and appear glossy. Add sugar and pinch of cardamom and sauté for 1-2 minutes, still on medium high heat until sugar becomes caramelized around the pears and the nuts.

Serve pear mixture warm over a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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