Doesn’t it seem like the best tasting ice creams are always rock hard right out of the freezer? And in some cases, so hard you bend your spoon trying to dish some out of the container?
Has the following ever happened to you?…
While grocery shopping, you come to the frozen food section and start eyeballing one of those little expensive containers of ice cream. You think “Heh, that would make a nice treat for the drive home!” You swing by the deli counter and pick up a plastic spoon for a little taste of that ice cream when you get into the car. (I’m chuckling as I am writing little taste. How many of us have polished off most of that little carton before we have even pulled into the driveway?)
After you have walked across the parking lot and reached your car, you begin to load the groceries. But before they can actually go into the car, you thoroughly search each and every bag for that little tub of frozen goodness. Then – your heart skips a beat - there it is! Buried beneath the bananas and package of weenies…
You take the ice cream out of the bag and casually carry it with you as you climb into the driver’s seat because after all, you don’t want to draw attention to yourself and that ice cream. People might think as soon as that car door is shut you are going to dive into it. Darn right! Now where’s that spoon?…
You slam the car door, start the car, search for the spoon in your purse, pry off the ice cream lid, stick in your spoon and then snap! The spoon breaks off!
Now, I ask you, IS there anything more frustrating than the sound of that snap?? All your dreams of “sampling” that ice cream…gone. And now all you are left with is a broken worthless piece of spoon in your hand…
Rock hard ice cream. You love it, you despise it! You chisel and saw, dig and prod and what do you have to show for all your work after 3 minutes? A broken spoon and this itty-bitty piece of ice cream that finally broke off as your reward!
But you know, I bet the ice cream was worth all the frustration, wasn’t it?
The following ice cream is filled with fresh strawberries, ripples of homemade fudge, and crumbled vanilla creme-filled cookies and ooohhhhh…is it yummy!
It has a very creamy smooth texture, but it is very hard out of the freezer. So to avoid any frustration be kind to yourself and your spoon and set it out on the counter for awhile and just…walk away. Try not to think about that ice cream. Oh! and don’t listen to it when it starts calling your name after the first 2 minutes of sitting there!
Your patience will be rewarded after about 20 minutes. The strawberries will still be nice and frosty…
The vanilla cookies will be soft and the ice cream and fudge will yield perfectly to your spoon!…
Happy Summer to you!
Strawberry Shortcake Ice cream
You will need:
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
10 vanilla creme sandwich cookies, crumbled or coarsely chopped
Into a small heavy saucepan, put:
2/3 c heavy whipping cream
Scald the cream ( heat the cream and then as soon as it begins to boil, take it off the heat) Take the pan off the burner and then add:
2 T butter, at room temperature
2/3 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
Stir slightly then let it sit for about 5 minutes (the warm of the milk will melt the chips). After the 5 minutes has passed, take a whisk and gently stir the mixture until it has a smooth, dark and glossy appearance. Set it aside while you do the next steps…
Into a medium-sized mixing bowl, put:
2 c heavy whipping cream
Beat it until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside.
Into a large mixing bowl, put:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks (be sure your eggs are clean, uncracked, Grade A)
1 t pure vanilla extract
Stir together. Fold in the whipped cream.
To assemble the layers of your ice cream, you will need about a 2-quart size freezable container that has a lid. Pour approximately a third of the whipped cream mixture into your container. Then drop in about 3/4 cup of the fresh strawberries and half of the chopped cookies. Then drizzle half of the chocolate evenly over this.
Cover with another third of the whipped cream mixture, another 3/4 cup or so of the strawberries and the rest of the cookies and the chocolate. Follow up with the rest of the whipped cream mixture and top with the rest of the strawberries. Seal up the container so that it is air tight and place it in the freezer. Freeze until firm.
When serving, please remember to take the container out of the freezer at least 20 minutes before indulging…