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TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS RASPBERRY ICE CREAM
Hold on everyone, I’m going to ice-cream-maker evangelize for a bit! So, if, once you have your kitchen basics, you’re looking for something a little more fun, maybe a bit of a splurge, might I recommend an ice cream maker? It’s easily the best kitchen space-taker-upper I’ve ever had (deep fryers are fun, but clean-up is a nightmare; I don’t bake so would never use a kitchenaid mixer; and I’m a single person rarely in need of the chopping/grating capabilities of a big food processor; your needs, of course, may vary). I have this big 2 quart beauty, but there are lots of 1.5 quart ones that are less expensive (don’t get a hand-crank one unless you have lots of people to bribe into cranking it; on the other hand, do get the kick-around ball version if you have a small child who needs to be exhausted before being given more sugar and report back to me how well it works!)
There are many, many fancy custard-based ice creams you can make which take some advanced planning and time; I’ve made a spiced chocolate similar to this before and it was amazing, and I did this pumpkin ice cream just last week for a friend’s birthday. But my favorites are the berry-based ones, because if you’ve got your freezer bowl already cold (you should probably just leave it in the freezer, for all spur-of-the-moment ice cream needs), it can be done in an afternoon. My fool-proof recipe:
Let 1 1/2 cups berries (frozen or fresh) macerate with 1 tbsp sugar for minimum half-hour, up to overnight (until thawed and sitting in their own juices). Once berries are ready, whisk 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk, 1 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla extract until sugar is dissolved. Stir in berries and juice, pour into your rotating ice cream maker, and mix for 20-30 minutes. Scoop into a Tupperware and freeze for 2 hours. Lick all the leftovers off the paddle and your spoon, making sure to get the fully-frozen bits around the edges of the freezer bowl that were “too hard” to scoop out with the rest. So easy! (Note: this amount is for a 2-quart machine; adjust accordingly for a smaller machine or risk ice cream pouring out of the top when it expands. Believe me, I know from whence I speak!)
Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.
the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life
I got almost none of my necessary reading for the week done this weekend, but I’m still counting it as a successful few days, as I got so much done in the self-care/home-care areas that I feel much more on top of my life than I have in weeks.