Strawberry Cream Dream

We made gelato (see recipe here) and had a bit of heavy whipping cream, a tad of evaporated milk and smidgen of sweetened condensed milk left over. After pondering and googling, we decided to puree it all with some strawberries. It works as a drink and, after some time in the freezer, as a sorbet like dessert.

Strawberry Cream Dream

1 cup hulled and diced strawberries
1 cup cream (we used half cream and half evaporated milk)
1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk

Place everything in a blender and puree until it is frothy and well mixed. Pour into glasses.

For a pleasant kick to your cocktail add in some banana rum.


Creole Cream Cheese Honey Ice Cream

There was such a good sale on gallon milk, that Michelle bought one just to turn it into Creole Cream Cheese (here is the recipe from Poppy Tooker’s that she used – recipe). I took eight ounces of what resulted and used it to make ice cream.

This ice cream is like the best milk and honey combo ever.

Creole Cream Cheese Honey Ice Cream

1 (about 8 ounces) container Creole cream cheese
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
¼ cup honey
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

 In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and honey with an electric mixer.

In a saucepan, stir together milk and cream. Bring to simmer. Do not boil. Add a cup of the warm cream mixture to the egg mixture and stir well to temper the eggs. Slowly pour the heated egg mixture into the cream mixture and cook until it comes to a simmer, stirring constantly. Do not boil.

Remove from heat (I pour it into a seperate bowl) and let stand five minutes to cool slightly. On low speed of electric mixer, blend vanilla and Creole cream cheese into the custard mixture until smooth. Chill the mixture for at least 3 hours to aid in the freezing process.

Stir the mixture before pouring into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

Store any you don’t immediately gobble up in the freezer in an airtight container.

Brandied Peach Ice Cream

Summertime in the South means putting up with heat, humidity and mosquitos the size of small cars. As a consolation, summer also brings us peaches. It makes my soul happy when I hold its softly in my hand, breathe deep of its perfume before biting into it and letting the succulent juice run down my chin.

Saving a few of them for ice cream makes me even happier. And, adding a little brandy to the mix can make a person nearly expire from happiness! Of course, if you choose not to use brandy, you can replace it with 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.

Brandied Peach Ice Cream

2 pounds peaches (about 5-6 large peaches)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy

Peel and pit peaches; cut into chunks. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cold.

After it has set for a while in the refrigerator, blend everything one last time to ensure it is well mixed. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to plastic container and freeze until firm.

Creole Cream Cheese and Ponchatoula Strawberry Ice Cream

We drove through Ponchatoula, Louisiana the other day and picked up two flats of fresh strawberries from Berry Town Produce. I had already bought a package of Creole Cream Cheese from Dorignac’s Food Center in Metairie. For those who don’t regularly follow this blog, Creole Cream Cheese is tart like sour cream but also sweet and goes really well in ice cream. It is also an easy cheese to make at home (though I strongly recommend whole milk and liquid rennet) when you don’t have a neighborhood grocery to supply it.

This make a little more than my usual ice cream recipe but I wasn’t paying attention when I poured it into the ice cream maker and over filled it. I came back later and there was a quite a mess. A tasty, tasty mess but a mess indeed!

Creole Cream Cheese and Ponchatoula Strawberry Ice Cream

1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 (11.5-ounce) package Creole Cream Cheese
1.5 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and eggs. Mix until fluffy and pale yellow in color. In a small pot, combine milk and cream. Bring to a simmer but do not boil. Remove milk from heat and slowly blend one ladle at a time into the egg mixture, stirring constantly to keep eggs from scrambling. Continue blending until all is incorporated. Add vanilla. Chill overnight or a minimum of 4 hours.

Pulse the sliced strawberries in a food processor just enough to chop but not enough to puree. When ready to make the ice cream, thoroughly blend the Creole cream cheese into the custard mixture. Mix in the strawberries and their juice. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Place ice cream in the freezer or allow it to temper 2 hours prior to serving.


Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream

Michelle and I collected a five gallon bucket full of pecans from the ground beneath one of her parent’s trees. As we worked, we talked about what we were going to do with them. Top of the list was to make a Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Pie (here is our recipe). As I’m a firm believer that you can’t have pie without ice cream, I thought we should keep with the tipsy theme so we fixed a batch of bourbon vanilla.

For extra umph, if you have a vanilla pod, slice it in half and scrape out the seeds. Add pod and seeds to the cream and milk and sugar as it heats. Once you’ve added the eggs and cooked the custard through, remove the pod before cooling the custard.

Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch of table salt
5 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons bourbon
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, mix cream with the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Warm the cream mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, about 5 minutes.

Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Pour a portion of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks and whisk to temper the eggs. Then pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof rubber spatula until the custard thickens slightly (it should be thick enough to coat the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with a finger), about 10 minutes. Don’t let the sauce overheat or boil, or it will curdle. Remove from heat. Stir the bourbon and vanilla extract into the custard.

Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the churned ice cream to an air-tight container and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 2 weeks.

Pineapple Sorbets

Pineapples were on sale, so we picked up a couple. The first recipe is for a light, tart and refreshing sorbet. The second is a bit sweeter but just as refreshing.

Both make perfect summertime treats.


Pineapple Lime Sorbet

1 medium pineapple – about 3 cups pineapple chunks
zest and juice of 2 limes (need 1/4 cup juice)
1/4 cup water
1 – 8 tablespoons sugar, depending on sweetness of pineapple

Place in a blender the pineapple, lime zest and juice and water. Blend together and then add in sugar as necessary. You will need to add some sugar, as the sorbet won’t set properly without it. Aim for something a little sweeter than how you want the final product to be, as it loses some sweetness during freezing.

Put mixture in your ice cream maker until it comes together. Place in the freezer to finish setting up.

Pineapple Mint Sorbet

1 medium pineapple, about 3 cups of chunks
1/4 cup mint simple syrup
4 mint leaves, torn into pieces

To make mint simple syrup: Bring to a boil 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. Stir well to dissolve all the sugar. Pour over a handful of mint leaves and let steep on the counter for 30 minutes. Strain out the leaves and store the mint simple syrup in the refrigerator. Use in cocktails and sorbets.

Blend together the pineapple, mint simple syrup and mint leaves. Put in your ice cream maker until it comes together. Freeze for a couple of hours before enjoying.

Lemon Ice Cream

ice cream lemonThis recipe comes from the late Barbara Tropp, chef/owner of the China Moon Cafe in San Francisco, author of several cookbooks and the Mother of Fusion Cooking. She died in 2001 from ovarian cancer.

Lemon ice cream awakens the taste buds. Preparation of this version is very simple as there are no eggs or cooking involved and it just takes a spin in the food processor to get it ready.

The original recipe called for 1 1/8 cups lemon juice but I found dividing that in half didn’t make it lemony enough so I bumped the juice up to 2/3 cups.

Lemon Ice Cream

3 or so lemons (you need 2/3 cups juice)
1 cup sugar
2 cups half and half
1 pinch salt

Wash lemons and remove skin with a sharp peeler, taking care not to remove the bitter white pith. Peel as many lemons as needed to obtain 2/3 cups juice.

Put the peel and sugar in a food processor and process until the sugar is slightly liquid, about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the sharpness of the steel blade. Pour in the lemon juice and pulse several times to combine. Scrape the mixture into a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl (don’t use aluminum as the lemon juice will then taste funny). Add half and half and salt and whisk to combine. Set aside for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to allow mixture to thicken and dissolve the sugar. At this point the mixture may be sealed in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. In any event, the mixture should cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before turning it into ice cream.

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Firm in the freezer for several hours before serving. For longest lasting flavor, cover the top of the ice cream with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface. Allow to soften slightly before serving.