Tuesday, September 23, 2014
This is the best thing I ate this summer. No competition.
Caramel flavored ice cream with brownie chunks. (Droool.) You can just use leftover brownies or you can try something like Flipz instead if you don't want to bother making brownies.
Seriously, if you make one more ice cream recipe this year, please make it this one!
Monday, September 22, 2014
(It was all fun and games until my 6 year old played catcher on his T-ball team and started taunting the batters. Thank you Ham..)
On the 4th of July we went to the city park and they played 'America the Beautiful' by Ray Charles as the fireworks went off.
Magical Sandlot moment.
Seriously. I almost cried.
And all summer my kids quoted, "S'more? S'more what?" and "First you take the graham..."
It's like every dream I've ever had has come true. It is a beautiful, beautiful, life.
And so, I give you- rich chocolate ice cream swirled with marshmallows and graham cracker crust. The perfect S'more ice cream. So you can eat it with someone you love and quote 'The Sandlot' all.night.long.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
I can't believe how long I have been absent from blogging. Every day I think I need to edit some pictures or write a post but the pictures and recipes just keep piling up.
It was a crazy but wonderful summer. My kids were in school until JULY (year-round school), and we did a lot of traveling. We found a live sand dollar on the beach at Coronado Island, our youngest rode Radiator Springs Racers for the first time, we hiked out on a skinny precipice at the Grand Canyon and watched the sun set, and I discovered that heaven on earth is actually located in Montana.
Our family has one vacation rule and that is that ice cream must be consumed every single day. Sometimes twice a day when the occasion warrants it. Usually this means Ghiradelli, Ben & Jerry's, Baskin Robbins, etc. But when we're really lucky it's a specialty ice cream shop like Bi-Rite in San Francisco, or a Huckleberry ice cream sandwich from Yellowstone.
Since ice cream was the ongoing theme of our summer I'd love to share a few last ice cream recipes with you. It's not that I don't love pumpkin.. it's just that ice cream is delicious allthedays.
Don't you think?
Posted by Dip It In Chocolate at 8:00 AM
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I am slightly obsessed with my ice cream maker. In the summer I buy the huge half-gallon of heavy cream at Costco, and it all gets turned into cold, creamy, goodness. Homemade ice cream just tastes so much better than store-bought and even better- you can control what goes into it. When I make Cookies & Cream ice cream for example, I like to put in an entire package of Oreos.
(It's okay that you're judging me right now.)
To make homemade ice cream you really need an ice cream maker. I like electrics because they are simple to use. You just freeze the ice cream bowl in advance and then flip a switch when it's time to churn your mixture. The bowl does need to be frozen solid so it needs to freeze for at least 24 hours, (preferably 48). I store my bowl in the freezer at all times so it's always ready to go. After it churns you can eat the ice cream straightaway but it will be a soft-serve consistency. I prefer to scoop it into a container and let it freeze solid overnight so it will scoop like store-bought ice cream.
My last tip is to make sure the mixture you're freezing is extremely cold before churning. This usually means refrigerating it overnight or for about 8 hours before churning. I know that this seems like a lot of hassle when you just want ice cream, but I promise you it is worth the effort! Following these little steps will get you an ice cream consistency just like you get at the store, and the ice cream will taste even better.
Finally- If you like Baskin Robbins' Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, you're going to love this!
Posted by Dip It In Chocolate at 8:47 PM
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