Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tessa Kiros's Vanilla Ice Cream ( whole egg used)

I know it's winter now here Down Under and you must be crazy to think I am still churning ice cream. I am not crazy, I just feel everyone should have a good tub of quality luscious vanilla ice cream in their freezer at all times. You reckon so?

See, my logic is that vanilla ice cream is fairly essential for serving with a whole range of desserts and is definitely more than just a garnish. Use it over flourless cake or fruit tart and even with chocolate pudding, they just seem to taste better. I love how my comfort desserts are warm and is served with a generous scoop of ice cream, just like my apple crumble. Vanilla flavoured ones are the best because it is classical, not overpowering and ended up being the star of your dessert instead.

This recipe uses whole eggs and I like it that way because sometimes I have too much leftover egg whites that I almost don't know what to make with it! Including this one, I will have 3 types of vanilla ice cream in my repertoire, eggless (this is known as Philadelphia Style Ice Cream), with whole eggs(which is this Tessa Kiros's recipe) and just egg yolks (this is known as French Vanilla Ice Cream and I will post it later).

I am submitting this recipe to Project 52 Ice Cream Mondays, hosted by Swee San.

Vanilla Ice Cream

3 eggs
1/2 cup superfine sugar (I use just 6 tbsp and it is perfect if you wanna use it to pair desserts)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1 vanilla bean
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Put the milk in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a teaspoon, and throw the bean in, too. Heat gently so that the vanilla bean and seeds flavor the milk. Just before the milk comes to a boil, remove it from the heat, and whisk a ladleful into the eggs to acclimatize them. Whisk in another ladleful and then tip the whole lot back into the saucepan with the milk. Put it over the lowest possible heat and cook for a minute or so, whisking all the time, just so that the eggs cooked through.Remove from the heat, whisk in the cream, and pour into a bowl or container that has a lid. Leave to cool completely, whisking now and then while it cools so you get the maximum flavour from the vanilla bean.

Remove the vanilla bean and rinse and dry it for another use. I always pop it into my sugar jar. It smells beautiful and you just need to keep topping it up with more sugar and shake it before scooping out the sugar to use.

Put the lid on the bowl and put it in the freezer.After an hour give the mixture an energetic whisk with a hand whisk or an electric mixer. Put it back in the freezer and whisk again after another couple of hours. When the ice cream is nearly firm, give one last whisk and put it back in
the freezer to set.

Alternatively, pour into your ice cream machine and churn, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Makes 5 cups

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nashi Pear and Sake Sorbet

It's the beginning of winter now. It's getting colder nowadays but you wouldn't believe it. This ice cream keeps you warm. Yes you hear me, it's the sake that keeps you warm. After every mouthful of this rich in pear sorbet, it just gets warmer.

I've added a touch of cream and cookie crumbs just to give it more different texture and I just love how dairy cream sweeten things up a little.

I am submitting this recipe to Project 52 Ice Cream Mondays, hosted by Swee San to show my support for her.

Nashi Pear and Sake Sorbet

One recipe of Roasted Pear with Vanilla Bean and Lemon
1/2 cup good-quality sake
1/2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
Sugar Cookie Tart Crumbles to sprinkle
Nashi pear, thinly sliced, soaked in Sake
Softly whipped chantilly cream to serve

Pulse the roasted pear with ginger until very very fine. Push it through a fine sieve and add in the sake. Transfer to an ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

To serve, scatter some cookie crumbs on a serving plate and scoop a quenelle of the sorbet in the middle. Smear some cream around the plate and serve with an extra drizzle of the sake along with the Nashi pear slices.

Inspired but very loosely adapted from Iced: 180 very cool concoctions.

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