I've mentioned before that I have the best readers in the world, and I just want to drive that point home with this post. Readers Simone and Hermina recently gave me an ice cream maker, just because they are kind and wonderful. I had it for a few weeks before using it, mostly because I was super intimidated by all the recipes I found, which made it seem so complicated. Spoiler alert: It's not.
I wanted to start with a fairly simple recipe, just to get the hang of it before I dove deep into recreating the entire menu of Salt and Straw until I can return to Portland. However, I didn't want to make plain vanilla because everyone knows that is the Gwyneth Paltrow of ice creams - bland and forgettable.
Also, I found some recipes that called for blueberry compote, but that seemed hard so I just bought blueberry pie filling, because my goal in life is to be Sandra Lee; drinkin' cocktails, makin' tablescapes, usin' pie filling in fucking everything.
Blueberry Lemon Ice Cream
1/2 cup Half and Half
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 lemons, juice and zest
15oz blueberry pie filling
Heavy whipping cream
Heavy whipping cream
In one saucepan, before turning on the heat, whisk together eggs, half and half, sugar and salt. Once its all mixed, turn the heat on medium and keep whisking until it starts to bubble, then strain into a large bowl. Let cool for at least two hours, then stir in the rest of the ingredients! Process according to your ice cream maker's instructions.
So its that easy, make a hot base by mixing four ingredients for five minutes, let it cool, add shit to it, and put in the ice cream maker. It will be kind of like a smoothie texture when its done in the ice cream maker, it takes a night in the freezer to turn it into the firmer, ice cream texture.
Do you guys have any good ice cream flavor combos to recommend? When I was in Nashville, I tried Jeni's Ice Cream and they had some awesome combos, and we all know how I feel about the Portland ice cream scene, so if you are holding onto any local treasures, holler.
And thanks again, Simone and Hermina, for making all of my dairy-related dreams come true!