Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

This is a new favorite!

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

1 1/2 c. 2% milk
1 c. sugar
2 egg yolks
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon

About 1 1/2-2 c. chopped high-quality sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, or shortbread cookies
Combine milk and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium until bubbles form around the edges. Remove from heat.
In a small mixing bowl (or really big cereal bowl), whisk egg yolks thoroughly. Very slowly, add 1/2 of the hot milk mixture, whisking the yolks constantly. Return pan with remaining milk mixture to stove top and then whisk the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan, whisking constantly. You need to be careful here to not get the eggs too hot too fast, or else they’ll curdle. So just relax and take it slow.
Add whipping cream. Over medium-low heat and stirring constantly, continue heating the custard mixture to 160 degrees. It will start to thicken quickly; remove from heat when your finger leaves a track on a spoon coated in the custard mixture.
Whisk in cinnamon and vanilla. Place the custard in an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator several hours.
When ready to make ice cream, pour chilled mixture into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is almost done (like maybe the machine’s struggling a little…it looks like really firm soft-serve…), add chopped cookies.
Remove from ice cream freezer and place in another air-tight container and freeze a couple of hours at least to firm up. Scoop and enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Construction cake

Heather and Josh have birthdays around the same time. Heather wanted a strawberry cake, and Josh is super into trucks and such, so I give you strawberry construction cake. The cake and filling are strawberry, top (as you can see) are construction themed. It made me happy. :)