Monday, 17 December 2012

don't you love...homemade christmas icecream

Three bowls - no ice cream machine required.  The best homemade ice cream you ever tasted - I guarantee it!  This is an old favourite, a recipe that I loved as a child when my granny made it.  

I believe in sharing recipes, especially special ones.  That's the way they live on after all.  Every time you make it, my granny's memory lives on in your kitchen.  Isn't that great!

So I share it gladly and hope you and your family enjoy it, if you do - pass it on.  This year I have revamped the original coffee flavour with Christmas inspired flavours, but if you want, I will pass on the original coffee recipe too.

Bowl 1:  
- 600ml cream
- stick of cinnamon
- 5 cloves
- 5 cardamom seeds
- ground all spice 
- ground cinnamon 

Pour half cream and whole spices into a pot.  
Add a few healthy shakes of both ground spices. 
Infuse the flavours by heating cream without boiling for about 20 minutes.

Cool in pot and then chill in fridge before beginning the rest of the recipe.

When completely cooled mix spiced and unspiced cream.  Whip until it forms soft peaks.  

Bowl 2:
- 2 tins condensed milk
- ground all spice 
- ground cinnamon
- vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of rum or whiskey (30 ml)

Mix condensed milk, a few shakes of the ground spices, rum and vanilla.  
Stir until well combined.

Now fold whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture.  Fold gently, a whisk lets you combine well without taking out the lightness.

Bowl 3:
- 2 separated egg whites

Separating the egg whites is the most important step in the recipe.  If the yolks break just start over or the whites will not whip.

Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and make firm peaks.  The consistency is right when you can hold the bowl upside down over your head without getting egg on your face. (ha ha) 

Fold the whipped egg whites gently into the cream and condensed milk mixture.  
Don't over stir, stop when everything is mixed through.

Pour immediately into a freezer container, place in freezer over night.
When you wake up you will have silky ice cream, enjoy.

We will be having this recipe for our Christmas lunch, my beloved granny will be there at the table with us in memory.
Let me know what you think.  And please share your memory recipes with me too.

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