Monday, June 25, 2012

Ice Cream Pie

Ice Cream Pie

Mint Ice Cream Pie

A Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie

Summer is fast approaching and as the temperature rises, we are all searching for ways to cool down. While there’s always the swimming pool, fans, and freeze pops, a Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie is a simple and sinful way to bring the inner thermostat down. It makes a wonderful addition to any table whether it’s family night, a child’s birthday party, or a barbecue. The best part about a Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pie is that anyone can alter the recipe to their personal tastes. The possibilities are endless for this divine, sweet treat.




Ice-Cream Flavors

A good place to begin is to choose the flavor or flavors of ice cream for the pie. Once again, this can be one flavor and you can keep it simple or you can layer all those favorites. Imagine a Mudslide with chocolate and coffee ice cream or go with the classic combination of peanutbutter and chocolate. A peanut butter and jelly pie might have strawberry or raspberry ice cream with peanutbutter ice cream as well as peanut butter sauce. Try a layer of mint with a layer of chocolate. It is completely up to you or possibly the guest of honor.




Next, it’s time for the crust. You can go the easy way and buy ready-made chocolate crust or graham cracker crust.



Ice Cream

Set your ice cream out for at least five minutes before to make it soft enough to work with. Now it’s time to layer on the ice cream. You can get really creative by blending in toppings as well. A layer of hot fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, butterscotch, or marshmallow can be spread on top of the first layer of ice cream. Sprinkles, nuts, or crushed cookies could be next followed by more ice cream. Repeat the process with more toppings.


Think about drizzling the top with a combination. A turtle ice cream pie would have chocolate and caramel drizzled over the top.




Whip Cream

Whip cream is the next in line and once again, you can keep this simple by buying whipped cream or you can do a simple, recipe at home in which you use your heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar to taste. Beat your ingredients and your done. Add that layer of whipped cream on top and freeze for one approach or wait until later and add your whipped cream last when ready to serve in order to have a fluffy dream on top. You can always make it a hot fudge sundae ice cream pie, use all of the typical ingredients, and add your cherry last. This treat is cool and refreshing, but most of all it’s really fun.




Quick and easy is ideal as well when you don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen during a heat wave. If you’re having a large gathering, consider making several Taste of Summer Ice Cream Pies with different flavors.




It’s also loads of fun at a children’s birthday party to let them help build the pies.



Once all of the ingredients have been added, place them in the freezer until they set and they are ready to serve.




If you really want to make your own crust, all you need is

1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers

1/3 cup of melted butter

1/4  cup of sugar


Combine the graham crackers and sugar first then add the butter.

Press the ingredients into the bottom of a pie pan that has not been greased. A 9″ pan is ideal.

It should then be chilled in the refrigerator for a half hour or can be baked in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes until slight browning has occurred.




Let it cool well before adding the ice cream. If you want it to be a chocolate crust, use the chocolate graham crackers. You can also made it extra sweet with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies.



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Friday, March 23, 2012

Ice Cream – The Best Dessert Ever

Home Made Ice Cream

Home Made Ice Cream


Home Made Ice Cream


Everyone has their own personal favorite dessert they pull out on special occasions. And even if you’re not celebrating anything in particular, they can be the perfect way to end off any meal. Or if you’re just sitting on the couch watching television, they make the perfect snack. Some desserts like apple pie and chocolate cake are commonly mentioned when it comes to favorites. You’ll also find huge legions of fans for cheesecake or an expertly prepared crème brûlée. But when you break it down to the basics and take an overall look at every dessert available, there’s one clear choice that comes out as the best. Ice cream is the absolute best dessert ever created, and it’s not hard to see why. You might not be convinced right now, but here are some reasons that might change your mind.

It goes with everything – what other dessert is so multi-purpose? It’s not like you can serve Angel food cake with a slice of pumpkin pie. Ice cream on the other hand, goes with almost everything else. In fact, we dare you to name one dessert that isn’t made better with ice cream on the side. You can also combine different flavors together to form a unique taste that other desserts simply can’t achieve.

It doesn’t cost a lot – you might be thinking to yourself “hey wait a minute, a carton of premium ice cream costs $10!”. While that might seem expensive, think about how much other desserts cost in comparison. In the overall picture, ice cream is actually pretty cheap, especially considering the high quality of premium brands.

It’s portable – have you ever tried taking a key lime pie to the beach? How about going for a walk while eating chocolate mousse? With ice cream, there’s nothing better than loading it into a waffle cone and taking it wherever you go. It’s the type of food you can enjoy on the go, and that something no other dessert can offer.

It makes Summer come to life – what would a summer season be without a trip to your local ice cream shop? Ice cream offers a special kind of coolness combined with sweetness that is highlighted by the best season of the year. It’s a valuable part of family memories, and what says summer more than the sound of the ice cream man and his truck? When you hear his familiar song ringing through the neighborhood, you know the summer season is in full effect.

You can make it Yourself – sure you can put together grandma’s Apple pie recipe or bake a decadent cheesecake. But just think about how much work that takes. A lot of times, it’s a lot easier to just buy a baked good at the store. Ice cream on the other hand is something that you can put together easily as long as you have the right machine. Making a custard is as simple as cooking a few ingredients and then letting it cool. When you have your basic mixture, just pour it into your ice cream maker and you’ll be good to go in about half an hour. And while your ice cream churns, it’s the perfect opportunity for your family to gather around and add treats like chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, or fresh fruit.

Despite being centuries old, there are new flavors coming out every year. But rather than buying them at a store, you can do it yourself with the right ice cream maker.




Monday, February 06, 2012

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream



Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

In the world of ice cream, strawberry is considered one of the major along with vanilla and chocolate. It’s one of the big guns you can find in traditional Neapolitan, and there are plenty of great versions that focus on strawberry specifically.



It also happens to be one of the easiest flavors you can make at home. You don’t need a culinary degree to make a wonderful of variation that combines fresh strawberries and natural ingredients.



All you need is a standard ice cream maker, a blender, and the patience to follow this simple recipe:


3 cups of fresh strawberries

1 3/4 cups heavy cream

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Medium-size fresh strawberries are the key to this delicious recipe. It might be tempting to go with frozen strawberries that are already trimmed, but take the time to buy fresh ones and cut off the tips yourself (you’ll thank yourself for taking this extra step). Medium strawberries also tend to be sweeter so avoid the big ones that are a bit too large to be natural.



A strawberry puree is the secret to this recipe, and you can make it as smooth or chunky as you like. One variation is to make a complete puree, then set aside some chopped strawberries to add during the mixing process.



To make the puree:

Combine your strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and lemon juice into a blender and mix until smooth.


Now it’s time to make your custard, and it’s incredibly easy as long as you don’t overheat it:


Combine your salt and cream into a heavy sauce pan and heat it until it’s just simmering.


In a separate bowl, combine the remainder of your sugar and eggs while whisking thoroughly. You can use just the yolks if you like for a slightly heavier final result (in this case use 3 egg yolks). Add your heated cream to your egg mixture and continue to whisk.

Return all of these ingredients back to your sauce pan and heat over medium until it thickens naturally.


Let your custard cool at least two hours in your fridge.


If you’re using a standard ice cream maker that requires a pre-frozen bowl, this will be the perfect opportunity to freeze your bowl as well. While these two elements chill, you can use the time to prepare dinner or simply relax.


Once your custard and bowl are at the right temperature, it’s time to finish off the process.


Take your puree mixture and pour it into your custard while mixing the whole time.


When everything is blended evenly, add it to your ice cream maker and turn the machine on.


In about 20 to 25 minutes, you’ll have the perfect version of soft serve strawberry ice cream.


If you want to harden it up, return it to your freezer to get it to a perfect chilled consistency.


And remember, you can also add extra goodies like bananas, nuts, or chocolate into the mix while everything is churning.


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