December 29, 2008

It Ain't Christmas without Pink Ice Cream!

Sneezy always has to investigate when the ice cream maker is going!

So my hubby's birthday is on Christmas. So dessert usually entails cake and ice cream. This year though we went with Rice Krispy Treats and I made homemade ice cream.

He requested Candy Cane Ice Cream - that's easy to do I figured.

Finally found a recipe on Foodnetwork's site but didn't realize I shouldn't put the candy cane pieces in the maker while it's freezing - the candy all melted and the ice cream became bright pink and VERY pepperminty.

Now I know to add the mix ins at the END of the freezing process.

But overall the ice cream recipe was easy and tasty - and we made it low fat using 1 % milk and light cream instead of whipping cream.

I would totally make it next time with chocolate chips for a mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Mint Ice Cream

From Food Network's site but it's a Cuisinart recipe

1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 teaspoon mint extract (or peppermint extract or spearmint extract)
4 to 5 drops green or pink food coloring

Special Equipment: Mix It In Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker
Place milk and sugar in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer on low speed for about 1 to 2 minutes or a whisk to mix until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and mint extract. Add food coloring in drops to reach desired color. If not freezing immediately, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Turn on ice cream maker and pour in ingredients. Allow to mix and freeze until desired serving consistency is reached. Begin checking consistency after 12 to 15 minutes of freezing. If ice cream is not thick enough, pour back into the freezer bowl and continue mixing/freezing until desired consistency is reached, checking every few minutes.


Joelen said...

When I started making ice cream, I went through the same thing where I was so anxious and eager to add the bits in (chocolate chips, nuts, etc)... but we live and learn. You're definitely not alone! How fun for your husband to be a Christmas baby!

Abby said...

Real mean wear, er, eat pink? Ha. Cute post!