Vanilla Ice Cream & Variants
First appeared in Grainews on 13 July 2021
To venture beyond “plain vanilla”, flavour this with the spices that make up gingerbread cookies and cake. Or add chocolate ganache (melted chocolate and cream), caramel, or toasted chopped nuts and rum.
Makes about 4 cups.
(For Chai Spice, in addition stir in 4 cracked green cardamom pods and 2 slices fresh
whole star anise
Add to the milk and cream. Heat to a simmer, and steep for 20 minutes before straining. Continue as instructed.
semi-sweet, white, or milk chocolate, chopped
strong coffee or espresso
Melt the chocolate on medium power in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Add with the coffee and cinnamon to the heated cream-milk mix. Stir well. Continue the recipe as instructed.
Burnt Orange Caramel
twigs fresh rosemary
zest of 2 oranges
Immediately stir well to re-dissolve, then stir in the cream. Return to the heat and boil for 5 minutes, to reduce and thicken.
Strain and store in the fridge. To use as a sauce reheat gently, stirring.
Make the ice cream and stir in cool caramel just as the ice cream sets up, or serve warm on the side, preferably with grilled pineapple spears.
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