Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Home made ice cream
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered a hidden treasure. Hidden in the basement of X's parent's house was an ice cream maker, literally collecting dust. It was practically brand new. His mum used it once, lost the manual & had not used it since. Needless to say, I hijacked it & couldn't wait to start making my own ice cream.
I downloaded the operating manual & trolled the net (god bless the internet) for ice cream recipes. The very first flavor that I wanted to try was green tea ice cream. The first 2 attempts were disasterous cos the green tea powder didn't dissolve properly & I cooked it over too high heat. But once I got it right, it was so good. Creamy flavorful ice cream.
This is so exciting. I can't wait to try different combinations & have fun with the ice cream maker. X is already suggesting tomato & olive oil sorbets (??) & nutella ice cream. Stayed tuned for more ice cream experiments.
So now don't you agree that I found a treasure.
Green tea ice cream
2 Tbsp green tea powder
180 g sugar
3 egg yolks
250 ml milk
250 ml heavy cream
1. Mix the green tea powder with sugar
2. Beat egg yokes then add in the sugar + green tea powder
3. Heat milk in a small pan over low heat. Do not boil
4. Remove from fire & pour in the egg mixture
5. Put it back over the stove & continue cooking over low heat. It is very important that it does not boil else you'll end up with bits of scrambled eggs. Stirring constantly until mixture thickens. This is how I check - I'll tilt the pan & if a thin film stays at the bottom of the pan, it's ready.
6. Remove & strain through a fine sieve.
7. Let this cool completely. Some recipes suggest you put it over an ice bath. I've done it both ways & unless you're in a hurry, it's okay to let it stand aside until it cools.
8. Lightly whip the cream & add to the cold green tea milk mixture.
9. Put in ice cream maker & prepare as per instructions.
Yummy green tea ice cream....hmm looking at this picture made me realise that I need to buy a proper ice cream scoop.