|Ice-cream bribery in action!|
Moving into adulthood I suppose I have mostly relied on my two friends Ben and Jerry to get me through the various heartbreaks that life brings. There's not a lot of problems in life that can't be, if not fixed then at least temporarily soothed, by a large helping of Phish Food or Fudge Brownie. Not for me this imitation frozen yoghurt however, stripped of fat but pumped full of sugar in its place. If you are going to do something, do it properly or don't bother. I am sure purists would sniff at my medicine of choice but I don't pretend this is akin to the many gelatos I devoured on those summers in Italy, rather it is comfort food of the highest order, a salve for the soul when you need to shut the world away.
So, it was with interest and excitement that I proceeded into this new chapter of ice-cream consumption. Learning to make my own opens up infinite flavour combinations and opportunities. I have heard of the likes of toast and marmalade ice-cream, though I am reserving judgment at present, happy to master the basics and let them adorn more exciting dishes. Who knows though, maybe this time next year I'll be feeding you all roast dinner ice-cream and you will think me a genius :)
Making the stuff was fairly easy, I repeated the custard recipe of last week, this time cooking it at a cooler temperature, but for longer, ensuring I didn't end up with scrambled egg (ooh fry-up ice-cream, there's an idea!). I rescued the bowl from my freezer, spent a good 30 minutes scratching my head about how to fit it all together and turned the KitchenAid on. 30 minutes later I was rewarded with some rather soft, beautifully velvety ice-cream, which thankfully hardened up overnight. Of course in the interests of being a proper cook, I immediately rescued it from the freezer and ate some for breakfast.
Kitchen wisdom gained:
- Home-made ice cream has a very loooooong aftertaste.
- I have the attention span of a gnat, failing to notice I was meant to leave the vanilla in the custard until the last minute. I have literally no idea how I am meant to stop myself doing silly things!
- Oh boy, there is a lot of cream in ice-cream. Much like the horror of my oil in mayonnaise realisation, will this be enough to stop me eating it so often?
Domestic goddess points out of 10: 8 - This is kitchen alchemy in action, I felt like Heston!
Final score: Kat 1- Nigella 1 - score all round.