Saturday, July 7, 2012

Homemade Ice Cream

Can you feel the heat? The whole Country is engulfed in humid, hot, & muggy air. I gotta admit I'm a heat lover.... or was.... all up until my little one got sick & didn't feel good. That's when an 'X' was put on any outdoor activities from noon till 6pm. So...What did we do indoors beside enjoy air conditioning, lounging, & coloring you ask? We made ice cream! And I'm utterly excited to share with you my homemade recipe.

3 eggs ~ divided
1/2 cup sugar & 2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
some fruit..... I used cherries: pitted, cut, & frozen prior to adding them to my ice cream
                        blackberry syrup (from my previous post)

In a mixer on high speed, mix 3 egg whites & 1/2 cup of sugar until you get meringue with stiff peaks.  

Meanwhile, in a pot, boil a couple inches of water & place another bowl inside, (so that your steam is what warms your bowl).  Mix with a whisk 3 egg yolks, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 cup milk, & 2/3 cup sugar until hot & frothy.

Remove from the heat & place your bowl on a cold surface for quick cooling.  Fold the meringue into the frothy mixture. If clumps form, use a strainer to 'sift' the clumps.

I thought it would be a cute idea to use freezer safe jelly jars to store my homemade concoction. For this recipe, I sterilized 6 jam jars & filled them with the ice cream mixture 2/3 full.

I added syrup in some & frozen cherries in others. 

The jars were filled with the fruits until a centimeter was left at the top, (which is needed for shaking it up during the freezing process).  About every 30 minutes, we'd reach into the freezer & shake those jars or flip them.

Sooo delicious! It was a hit with everyone!

Within a few hours we were enjoying ice cream! Could you imagine... fresh blueberries, strawberries, maraschino cherries....chocolate covered coffee beans...Reese's peanut butter cups...bubble gum balls...ooohh my gosh....I have to stop!  You get the picture. The possibilities are endless!

To keeping cool in summer heat:)
Happy Trails! 

P.S. Of course the little one felt better after mama's ice cream!

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