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archive for September 2007

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Recipe: coffee ice cream

It was summer’s last hurrah today. We went for a local hike to assess fall colors. It was warm – too warm for our tastes. When we got home, I poured the coffee custard into the ice cream machine and watched as it became the creamiest and dreamiest ice cream I’ve ever made. I have to avoid caffeine in general because it gets me pretty hopped up and I’m hoppy enough to begin with. Jeremy can drink two pots of strong coffee and still appear to be on the verge of nodding off. We are opposites, but it makes life exciting.

sugar, salt, milk, cream, and coffee beans

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cool and minty fresh

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Recipe: peppermint ice cream

I can’t tell you how excited I was to finally try a peppermint ice cream recipe! I’ve been wanting to make peppermint ice cream ever since I left Ithaca, New York 5 years ago. Ithaca was where on occasion, I would buy Purity brand peppermint ice cream which wasn’t that crappy green stuff. It was real peppermint and pinkish and absolutely heavenly. I suppose peppermint ice cream to me is what Coffee Heath Bar Crunch is to Jeremy. But I was never much of a dairy expert and ice cream wasn’t high on my priority list of skills to accomplish. I don’t know why now, but I’m glad!

This recipe comes from David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop. I actually found it on Elise’s terrific site here. I’ve had issues crushing peppermint candies in the past. My favorite peppermint candy is King Leo brand peppermint sticks, but they are so airy they would just dissolve in ice cream. I used those generic red and whites from the store. When I made peppermint bark in the past, there was a lot of swearing and harming of worktable surfaces. I wised up this time and remembered my seldom-used mortar and pestle.

good idea

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peach ice cream

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Recipe: peach ice cream

Even though we have an ice cream maker (not the salt and crank kind, but the little Cuisinart brand), we don’t make ice cream very often. Jeremy calculated that the cost of making his favorite Coffee Heath Bar Crunch from scratch was the same as purchasing it in the store – and the store version had much better smoothness to it. For me, being lactose intolerant puts the kibosh on a lot of ice cream. I can take it from the time to time, but things aren’t always happy in the lower GI department. I do make sorbet on occasion. Problem is that I love raw fruit so much I tend to eat the fruit before I can make the sorbet.

But I like peach ice cream and I (still) had peaches and so I gave it a try based on a recipe snarfed off the web, snarfed from David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop (which I just ordered because, how can I not?)

peeled and sliced

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