Saturday, August 8, 2009

ice cream social

These pictures were taken with a cell camera so they aren't great, but last Wednesday night we had an ice cream social with an interesting twist - Ziplock Bag Homemade Ice Cream.

Everyone brought things to add and we all created our own types - we had an Earl Grey, a Chocolate Toasted Coconut, a really good vanilla, a Fresh Blackberry, and Basil. They were all very tasty...except mine. I brought our ice cream maker and planned to make Coconut Milk ice cream because I had talked it up and had interested the members of our group who were sensitive to dairy. Needless to say it failed. I didn't get the canister completely frozen and it never thickened, and I forgot to add sugar, so we ended up scooping it out of the beautiful stainless steel Cuisinart maker and shaking it up in a bag.

I have failed with coconut milk twice with this group. The first time was when we were going to a dinner party and I was bringing dessert, and I wanted to make coconut milk whipped cream. I didn't have time to go to the store to buy full fat milk so I had to make due with the dumb "lite" version, which I really don't like at all. Again, like the ice cream, it never thickened. I think I'll lay off on the coconut recipes with this group for a while...I think if I even mention the words everyone will groan a little inwardly...

Out of all this I've learned that because I hate to fail so much, sometimes it's healthy for me to actually do so...but come on, not twice in a row, with the same food, with the same group of people! Now that's just cruel!

small ziploc bags
large ziploc bags
1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 & 1/2, coconut milk, etc.
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup ice cream salt/rock salt/table salt

Combine the liquid ingredients in the small bag.
Securely seal the bag.
Combine ice and salt in the large bag.
Put the small bag inside the large one.
Seal and shake until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Flavor Ideas
cocoa powder (add extra sugar to taste)
peppermint extract
flavored teas
toasted coconut
favorite fruits or berries, too.

Basil Ice Cream

One of the girls brought Basil ice cream, and it was seriously delicious.

Plain vanilla ice cream, of good quality
Fresh Basil
Soften vanilla ice cream while you wash the basil and chop finely. Mix basil into ice cream, chill in freezer.

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