The basics

Throw in some coffee and cream and we are ready to go

It’s still cold this week and there is snow on the ground so of course I took this chance to work on the ice cream issue. Ice cream for me is a staple of a happy life. My ideal day with my wife involves jumping in to our 66 bug and cruising on a summer day to the ice cream shop. Something we have done before and can never do enough for my liking. So let’s assume I am opinionated about my ice cream up front and move on from there.

When looking into ice cream I was bowled over by the science behind it. I won’t go over it here but it was cool enough to me that I am really tempted to take the week long course offered by Penn State on ice cream making. Having read up on the basics I had to decide what kind of ice cream I wanted to make. Did I want a Gelato? Was I craving a Sorbet? Was something more sinful and custard based going to be my mission? Well I know Sorbet would have been the healthier way to go but I figured hey why not dive into the deep end and go all out.

The first step to any ice cream recipe is deciding on what you will use for a base. For me this was easy. My favorite ice cream to enjoy at home comes in a little container marked Ben and Jerry. So my first thought was how cool would it be to have a base like theirs, I mean I can’t be the only person that has thought about what flavor they would make if they were let loose in R&D and Ben and Jerry’s right? Well it just so happens they have a book all about the basics that includes a recipe for a nice and rich custard ice cream base.

Ben and Jerry’s sweet cream base:
2 eggs (pasteurized if you are worried about using raw eggs in general)
¾ cup of sugar
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1 cup of milk
“Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more.

Pour in the cream and milk, and whisk to blend.”

Now you have a base and you can play with it as you see fit. After talking with some friends and commenters from our Facebook page I have decided on a espresso ice cream with chocolate and maybe some toasted almonds. Once you have your base and any liquid ingredients added it’s time to refer to your ice cream maker for instructions. Next week I am going to post up and share how it turned out.

Amazon link for the Ben and Jerry book: