Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia

If you Google up 'Cherry Garcia Recipe', the first page that pop up are all Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia recipe. Named after Grateful Dead guitarist, Jerry Garcia, Cherry Garcia is just ice cream with cherries and chocolate flakes in it .

I first found out about Cherry Garcia from Ellie of Almost Bourdain. In fact, I've not even heard of Ben & Jerry's until she mentioned it. I don't know about you, but I don't think we have it here in Australia. Maybe in tubs from supermarkets but I've never bother to glance through any ever since I got myself an ice cream maker and have the luxury of controlling what goes into my churned cream.

This ice cream is incredibly easy and delicious. If you're paranoid about raw eggs, you could perhaps omit it and make it Philadelphia style. If you use fresh eggs, these doesn't even need to be cooked over stove even once. All in all, I spent 30mins including churning time and these are ready to serve, if you like soft and pliable. Else, you need to freeze it for at least 3 hours for it to be scoopable.

I like these. They are so good tasting. I use Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips and pulse it in the food processor until almost fine flakes. I still like some bites in my ice cream. And I definitely cut my cherries up small. I quartered them nicely and slowly. They were so ripe and juicy.

Maybe it's just me but I find the 1/4 cup of chocolate flakes and 1/4 cup of chopped, pitted cherries to be insufficient for me. I think I definitely added in another 2 tbsp or so of chopped cherries, I stick to the chocolate flakes amount since I couldn't be bothered to pulse another 2 tbsp of chocolate chips.

So, be generous if you want cherry bits in every mouthful of your ice cream. I enjoy serving this with more fresh cherries alongside. Since, the one in the ice cream is frozen, I couldn't really taste it.

The recipe below is adapted from Almost Bourdain though you can find this recipe easily with Google and Internet. I like how quirky the quotes that she quoted from the book are. They are so witty and funny. Thanks Ellie for sharing this and made Ben & Jerry known to me! Gotta agree these are pretty good stuffs yeah!

Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe
(Makes grateful 1 quart)

Ben & Jerry - "A couple of Dead Heads in Maine sent us a postcard with a name for a new flavor. They left the recipe up to us. We got to work with some fresh bing cherries and threw in the chocolate flakes as a last minute inspiration. At last report, both Jerry Garcia and his wife Carolyn are crazy about it."

1/4 cup heaped dark Hershey's chocolate chips, pulsed in food processor until almost flaky
1/4 cup heaped fresh cherries, pitted and diced smallish (Don't use canned stuffs, those are no good)
2 large fresh eggs
3/4 cup vanilla castor sugar
2 cups cold whipping cream
1 cup cold whole milk

Place the shaved chocolate flakes and the cherries in separate bowls. Cover and refrigerate. Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended and foamy, mine almost doubled in volume. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend well. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions. Add the chocolate and cherries in the final minute of churning. Churn until done and freeze until ready to serve.

Extra tip, when I was scooping the ice cream into the sugar cone to take a photo, I let it stand on an egg cup holder in the freezer to hold it while I fiddle with my camera setting. Might or might nor help, just in case some of you don't already know.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

Lucky with ice cream? Yey or Ney?

Some of you all email me and ask me how do I manage to snap ice cream so decently. I don't wanna use the word perfectly but the fact is, I do not always get lucky with ice cream shots. These are some shots I took previously from my Burnt Sugar Ice Cream. These are my first batch and the weather was a freaking 41°C.

After all the melon balling, drizzling of warm caramel cream and piping of whipped cream, they look so ugly I have to churn another batch. My pictures here, they do no justice and in fact insulted Tessa Kiros's beautiful caramel ice cream.

If you're going for good looking photos, cheat your way through. When I mention in my post to drizzle warm caramel sauce, I've actually drizzled cold caramel. I scooped the ice cream and place them in the serving glass and freeze it again. An hour later, I drizzle the cold caramel cream and chill it in the freezer again for 10 minutes. I then think of how and where I want to shoot it, looking at the sun, shadow and maybe some simple props, just to bring out the ice cream look.

When I'm all set, snap snap and pop it back in the freezer. If I'm not satisfied, I'll snap snap again and eat only when I'm happy with my shots. Aaron can happily take a spoon and dig in the remaining so we don't really exactly have to wait to eat.

Photoshooting can be fun and upsetting at times so play around and have fun. If it comes out ugly and all melted, laugh it away and start all over again!

Hope this helps. Good night!

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