Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cake Batter Ice Cream

Nothing says summer to me like homemade ice cream.  There's a rich, sugary-sweet flavor that just can't be topped.  It brings back the days of sitting on my grandparent's porch stealing chunks of ice while someone worked the crank on the old ice cream maker.  Bowls of rich vanilla cream drizzled in blackberry jelly... afternoons in the sprinkler... and falling asleep in the sun.

Yes it really is "comfort in a bowl."

So when I came across this Cake Batter Ice Cream on Amy's Notebook, I knew it was one I'd have to try.

2 cups heavy cream, divided
½ cup yellow cake mix
½ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1½ cups whole milk
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup of the heavy cream with the yellow cake mix, sugar, and salt.  Heat over medium heat until warm.  Meanwhile, place the egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth (very important).  Combine the remaining cream, vanilla, and whole milk in a large mixing bowl (original recipe calls for a sieve to catch clumps of batter; skipped this step).
Temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring a small amount of cream in at a time.   Pour the cream mixture in a steady stream, whisking continuously until completely combined.  Return to the saucepan over medium heat.  Continue heating, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until thickened slightly (original recipe calls for temp to be 170-175 degrees; you'll know when it's ready).
Immediately pour the custard mixture into the bowl with the remaining cream and milk and mix to blend.  Cover and chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.  Once chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker.  Wrap with thick towels and allow flavors to mix.  Can do this for up to a hour.  Store in an airtight container in the freezer.
This recipe really is wonderful and one that I look forward to enjoying for years to come.  There really is nothing like homemade ice cream and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
What's your favorite summer treat?
For more experiments, check out Amy's Notebook Experiments under the header.

1 comment:

April's Homemaking said...

Yummy, that sounds great! One of these days I will have to try making ice cream. :)

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