Dec 6, 2016

White Christmas Ice Cream

Here is my recipe suggestion for 'White Christmas Ice Cream'. Well, the ice cream is not exactly white .... it's more off white! However, it is made with white chocolate as one of the key ingredients.

This is a seriously indulgent rich ice cream. Using eggs, fresh milk and heavy cream as the base, you then add some of your favourite white chocolate and it takes the flavour sensation to another level!

How To Make White Chocolate Christmas Ice Cream 

First, the ingredients you will need for the recipe:

4 egg yolks
1/2 pint (250ml) fresh milk
1/2 pint (250ml) double/heavy cream
3 oz (75g) caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or according to taste)
9oz (250g) white chocolate

Method - Get the chocolate ready first!
Carefully chop the white chocolate into small chunks. Place into 2 separate but equal portions in 2 small bowls and keep to one side for later.

Making the custard base and final ice cream in 9 easy steps
Step 1 -
Pour the milk into a saucepan. Bring slowly up to the boil.

Step 2 - While the milk is heating up, in another bowl mix together the egg yolks and sugar - beat until thick.

Step 3 - Pour the hot (but not boiled) milk into the mixture of egg yolks and sugar whilst stirring.

Step 4 - Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently, stirring until the custard thickens. DO NOT BRING TO THE BOIL OR IT WILL PROBABLY CURDLE. 

Step 5 - When you can see a film form over the back of your spoon remove the pan from the heat.

Step 6 - Stir in the vanilla extract and half of the chopped white chocolate pieces.

Step 7 - Keep stirring until all the chocolate has melted. Leave to cool.

Step 8 - When fully cooled, stir in the cream.

Step 9 - Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Jul 1, 2015

Historic Flavors Of Summer Ice Cream

Ice cream is great any time of year but Summer is by far the best! A walk in the sunshine and you soon want a thirst-quenching, cream icy cream treat especially if you are visiting one of the many tourist attractions that are open this time of year.

In fact many tourist attractions sell their own ice cream either from their own ice cream parlor, from a little cute kiosk or even from an ice cream truck that parks up nearby. All kinds of places do this, from medieval castles to animal and theme parks.

This gorgeous looking purple ice cream was a cone treat I bought whilst visiting a brilliant outdoor spectacle in France. Stuntmen and actors dressed up as medieval knights fought each other whilst a medieval story played out behind them. Amazing!

Violet flavor ice cream

The place? Puy du Fou (pron pwee dew foo) in France.

Puy Du Fou Medieval Battle

Another historic site I once visited in summer was Rocamadour where, halfway up the steep and ancient hill climb of hundreds of steps, I found an ice cream parlor! I couldn't believe the amazing ice cream they sold there - prune gin, goats cheese, saffron and walnut were 4 that I particurlaly remember. All the ice cream was locally made too and the lady at the ice cream counter was only too happy to let me sample as many as I wanted. Such was her pride and delight in sharing her passion for great ice cream.

Amazing ice cream flavors at Rocamadour parlor

My tub of goat's cheese ice cream

So if you are ever in France and can visit Puy du Fou or Rocamadour, don't get carried away just by the history and spectacle ..... remember the great ice cream they serve up :)

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May 15, 2015

Ice Cream Parlors - Creme De La Creme!

If you are out and about and really fancy some ice cream, what do you do?

Some people might head for the nearest store and buy a tub of B&J's or Haagen-Daz. Speaking for myself I would have to be desperate to do that!

Nope, I would look for the nearest ice cream parlor. I'd Google it on my iphone or ask a local passer-by for a recommendation. This is something I've done a lot over the years. What's more I regularly ask friends to let me know if they discover a great ice cream parlor and send me a photo.

The end result is that not only do I, my family and my friends get to experience great ice cream parlor 'finds' but you also get to share in them - like today!

Above is a seaside ice cream parlor in France. Designed specifically to attract families, the parlor chose to invest in some wonderful ice cream themed furniture and display items. The specially made ice cream cone chairs are brilliant! The big ice cream cone is a clever idea too - not only is it a trash can that entices kids to use it but it enables them to see the parlor from way down the other end of the street!

Above is a parlor that takes a different approach. Again in france, this is a village bakery and coffee shop which also makes its own ice cream. It has a lovely sense of relaxed style with its beautiful small olive tree featured on the decked terrace. So different to the one above but so appropriate in its context.

I've eaten at both these parlors and the ice cream was equally delicious but the latter made a bigger feature of ice cream sundaes with sugared whipped cream and homemade cookies stuck on top! So it gets my family's vote :) Read more about French ice cream here.

At the other extreme, this next ice cream parlor (below) is not one I've eaten at but it's where my friend Ann loves to take a break in the heat of the day sometimes after shopping. It is in Thailand and is called Dhara Dhevi. Its Thai decor and refined style make this a haven of peace for those in need of a cooling but delicious refreshment and apparently the quality of the ice cream they serve lives up to all expectations.

So there you have it, ice cream parlors as different as the many tastes ice cream itself. Essentially, something for everyone :)

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