Strawberry Ice Cream

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We’re all ice cream lovers in our house.  So it was a good thing when I finally decided to get the Cuisinart maker.  I’ve used it several times so far.  Strawberry was the next suggested flavor to make.

I have been keeping my bowl in the freezer outside so that when I need it it’s ready to go.  But I have a feeling that the freezer isn’t working as well as it should.  I’ve been having problems with the mixture not getting thick when it’s being mixed.  The first time I made some last week the recipe I had for vanilla ice cream didn’t say to chill in the fridge.  I talked to Heidi at work and she says she chills her mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours before mixing it in the freezer bowl.

So when I made this batch I brought freezer bowl in the kitchen fridge and I put the ice cream mixture in the fridge to chill.  Not for a couple of hours (because we were celebrating Justice’s birthday) but for about an hour.  Still, after putting it in the freezer bowl for 25 minutes, it didn’t come out thick at all.

I put it in the fridge over night and had some after lunch today.  It has a great flavor, but a bit of freezer burn feel to it.  I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong here.  Any suggestions would be helpful!

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced

4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 1/2 cups whole milk

2 3/4 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

In a small bowl, combine the strawberries with the lemon juice and 1/2 cup of sugar.  Stir gently and allow the strawberries to macerate in the juices for 2 hours.  Strain the berries, reserving juices.  Mash or puree half the berries.

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In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the mild and remaining granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 or 2 minutes.  Stir in the heavy cream, reserved strawberry juice, mashed strawberries, and vanilla.

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 Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into the freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20-25 minutes.

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Five minutes before mixing is completed, add the reserved sliced strawberries and let mi in completely.  The ice cream will will have a soft, creamy texture.  If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight  container and place in freezer for 2 hours.  Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

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After reading the dang directions from the book that came with the mixer, I realize you get directions for a reason.  It did say that you should chill the mixture at least 2 hours or over night.  I did put mine in two airtight containers and ate it today.  I will not be discouraged!  This was really good.  I like making it at home!  We’ll see what new kind we can come up with soon.

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My favorite is Praline Ice Cream.  I’ve found some recipes so I’ll have to give that a shot next!

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Fruity Fro-Yo Bars

I love ice cream.  Jodi has been busy making her homemade ice-cream lately and I’ve been trying my luck with some different frozen treats.  Last week was the Limeade Pie.  And if you’re a Trix fan, then this treat will be for you!  The kids were playing downstairs when I was making this. So they will have a fun surprise after daycare tomorrow!  I dislike getting or knowing about surprises for myself, but I love giving them.  And kids love the little things like a fun frozen treat!

Here’s what you need:

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free Key lime pie yogurt
2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free strawberry yogurt
1 cup Trix® cereal
  • 1 Line 8×4-inch loaf pan with foil, leaving edges of foil hanging over sides of pan. Divide condensed milk evenly between 2 medium bowls. Stir Key lime pie yogurt into 1 bowl. Stir strawberry yogurt into remaining bowl.
  • 2 Spread Key lime pie mixture into foil-lined loaf pan. Sprinkle with cereal. Gently spoon and spread strawberry mixture on top. Freeze at least 8 hours until firm.
  • 3 To serve, use foil to lift frozen loaf from pan. Pull back foil and remove. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes to soften slightly. Cut into eight 1-inch slices. Serve immediately.
For some reason my strawberry yogurt portion didn’t seem as full as the key lime pie.  But either way, I’m going to have a hard time going to bed knowing this is in the freezer setting for me to maybe try for breakfast!!
Have a great day.  Enjoy your weather no matter where you are reading from.
Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Last week I made my favorite ice cream, Butter Brickle. Since it was so delicious, this sparked a conversation in my house about everyone else’s favorite ice cream. Scott’s favorite is cookies and cream; and since it’s one of my favorites too, he didn’t have to push too hard to get me to try my hand at making it. My first batch didn’t come together as I had hoped. I think I was over-eager to get the ice cream! Maybe the bowl didn’t freeze long enough, or maybe the batter wasn’t cold enough…maybe both. I ended up with soup instead of ice cream. This didn’t stop me for long though. I got the ice cream maker bowl back in the freezer for a couple of days and made sure I cooled the batter in the fridge overnight for my second try. Success!

Recipe:
From Annie’s Eats

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
15-20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until bubbles form around the edges.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and well combined.  Slowly add the warm milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
  • Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.   Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5-8 minutes, until the mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon (about 175 degrees F on an instant read thermometer).  Pour the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.  Stir in the vanilla extract.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
  • Once the mixture is well chilled, pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Once the mixture is softly frozen, transfer half of it to a storage container.  Add half of the chopped Oreo pieces and fold in gently with a rubber spatula.  Add the remaining ice cream and Oreo pieces to the container, and fold once more until the mixture is evenly combined.  Freeze until completely hardened.

This ice cream was totally worth the wait! It’s a great treat to end to these very hot summer days we’ve been having. Sweet and creamy, a good mix of big and small chunks of Oreos. It freezes up very firm, so we have to let it sit out a bit to get our scoops out. I prefer my ice cream this way, but Scott prefers his ice cream softer – almost melty. Since this one is his favorite flavor I might have to try again with a softer base next time.

What’s your favorite flavor?

– Jodi

Butter Brickle Ice Cream

Ever since it started getting warm out I’ve been craving ice cream. It’s pretty rare, though, for me to find my favorite flavor, Butter Brickle. It’s a very simple flavor: creamy, buttery ice cream with bits of crunchy toffee. I don’t know why I never see it in the stores anymore. I get a little too excited when they happen to have some at my favorite local ice cream shop. I finally decided it was time to try to make some on my own. This recipe was one of the only ones I could find, so I’m very glad it turned out to be just what I was craving!

Ingredients:

2 cups half-and-half
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavor extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whipping cream
3/4 cup toffee pieces (I used Health Bits o’Brickle)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan, combine half & half, brown sugar, and butter.
Stir constantly over low heat.
When mixture becomes bubbly around the edges of the pan, remove from heat. (This never really got bubbly around the edges for me, I just went until it started to bubble)
Chill this mixture along with the bowl of your ice cream freezer.
Before freezing, add whipping cream and both extracts, mix well.Freeze according to your ice cream maker directions.
Add toffee bits after freezing process.

 

This was very rich and creamy, you can really taste the butter flavor. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share this because it was so good! I did share with my husband and my mom, and we even let Sam have a little taste. Everyone really enjoyed it. The only problem I found was that 1 quart didn’t last long!

– Jodi

Avocado Shake

Here’s the 3rd recipe that I’ve come up with for the avocados from SoCalAvocados.  Avocado shake it is!  So far every day now I’ve gotten at least one fruit that’s ripened.  I have ideas in my mind for what I want to do but then I change my mind.

I know it’s winter and it’s cold outside – or it should be anyways!  And most don’t think of drinking something cold at this time of the year.  But I did!

I tried to think of other fruits that I could combine with the avocado to make this shake, but decided if I did that it would take away from what the purpose of what the recipe is for….the avocado!

Avocado Shake

This was another easy one to make.  I didn’t have a blender on hand so I did have to run to the store to get one!  Go figure!  There are only a few ingredients needed for this shake.

But what goes through your mind when you think of avocado shake?  Have you had this before?  If you haven’t had this thought run through your mind, do you think this would be something you’d try?  I have to say that it hadn’t passed through my thoughts until today.

Here's what you need!

Ingredients

  • Blender
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/4 c. condensed milk
  • 1 c. crushed ice
  • 1 large scoop vanilla bean ice cream (Breyer’s)

Here’s what you do:

Blend together avocado, condensed milk and crushed ice until smooth.

Add vanilla ice cream and blend again for 5 to 10 seconds.  I added a bit of sugar to sweeten just a bit.

Serve immediately.

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This was a pleasant surprise!  Add a little bit of whipped cream on top and some chocolate syrup to sweeten it up just enough.

Do enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking