Tuesday, July 28, 2009
TWD - Vanilla Ice Cream
Because this is the year that I bought my ice cream maker, I've been calling this the Summer of Ice Cream. Really, for me, every summer is all about ice cream.
Chocolate chocolate chip ice cream. It's what I wait for every summer. Heading to the local store where a mom and pop shop has been making their own ice cream forever. It's creamy, it's crunchy, it's chocolatey. Everything my palate craves. Vanilla? On pie, sure. In a cone, never.
This week thanks to Lynne of
Cafe Lynny Lu I'm faced with my own vanilla challenge.
I whisk, I heat, I stir, all the while wondering what embellishments I must to add to make this Plain Jane ice cream desirable. Then the spoon comes out of the pot steeped in the the aroma of warm vanilla beans. Hmm...
I churn. Thickening cream climbs up the beaters. I taste. Oh. Oh! So, this is vanilla. I didn't know.
So, here's vanilla ice cream. I couldn't resist adding the dark chocolate disks I'd already bought. Then for colour and contrasting taste, I sprinkled on some Goji berries.
Later in the week, I craved more. This time I made buttered pecans and Dorie's Caramel Sauce and swirled it into the last moments of the churning. Bitter and sweet. Now I understand vanilla.