December 09, 2010

Another new thing I need to try out: fast infusion of spirits

All we need, apparently, is a ready supply of alcohol, things to throw in it, and a nitrous oxide powered cream whipper.
 

May 16, 2010

Recipe: really easy ice cream

My dad tipped me off on this. You hate making your own ice cream because of that whole mixing-while-freezing thing, right? And if you forget to stir, it fills up with ice crystals. Ugh. Hate no more.

You will need:
  • 600ml double cream (US readers: 20 oz heavy cream)
  • 2 cans condensed milk (the sweetened kind)
  • 6 tablespoons / 90ml / 3 oz vodka
Whip the cream until it is stiff. Incorporate the other ingredients. Add whatever else you want (vanilla extract, crushed vanilla pod mess, cocoa powder, cracked nougatine, whatever - be creative). Freeze overnight.

For my first batch of this, I used raspberry vodka and added some grated dark chocolate. It comes out smooth and rich, and is easier to scoop than normal ice cream. There isn't all that much alcohol in the result, but it's just enough to stop those annoying ice crystals from forming.

The really interesting thing about this recipe is the opportunity for variations using other spirits. I'd like to try:
  • Mandarin vodka with orange zest
  • Bacardi Limon with mint
  • Gin with lemon zest
  • Gin with unsweetened Morgenthaler's Tonic Concentrate
  • Calvados with crumbled bacon
  • Citrus vodka with saffron (might not work)
  • Cacha├ža / light rum / dark rum / tequila with lime zest
  • Bourbon, chopped cherries and orange zest
  • Ruby port (double the quantity, since it has half the alcohol)
You may notice a theme in some of my suggestions. I think many popular cocktail recipes can be easily adapted here.

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March 20, 2010

Telephone

Pomplamoose continues to be awesome by covering Lady Gaga.