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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Steve said...

So when do we get to sample?
BTW don't forget the bitters in the bourbon, cherry and orange....

Not a real blog said...

Just tried this recipe with Malibu rum and lime juice. Superb!

Somethings_Gotta_change said...

What do you mean Add free?
Haha there are tons of them on your blog . :P