Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Everyone should have a recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream in their book of recipes. This one will serve you well! It’s fresh and not very complicated. You can serve Vanilla Ice Cream with almost anything. I strongly reccomend that you try it with brownies, apple pies, warm berry crisps, caramel sauce or chocolate sauce! Anything that you think that it’ll be nice
Soon it will be summer, so I don’t have to tell you… Make this recipe for your friends when you invite them over ! It will be a very nice detail!

Well, without further chit-chat, I give you the Vanilla Ice Cream!

 

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) whole milk

A pinch of salt

3/4 cup (150g) sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2 cups (500ml) heavy cream

5 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation

1- Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and infuse for one hour.

2- To make the ice cream, set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart (2l) bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

3-  In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

4- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

5- Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, add the vanilla extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

6- Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instruction or into your freezer.

A nice tip: Used vanilla beans can be rinsed and dried, then stored in a bin of sugar. That sugar can be used for baking and, of course, for future ice cream making!

Another tip: If you put it in your freezer, you must take it out from the freezer every hour for 5 minutes, to make the crystals smaller.

 

Experiment with this recipe! And always share with everyone you can that’s the secret to happiness!

 

See you all soon!

 

 

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Crêpes

The third time in one day, I’m on fire!! Literally.. because these crêpes are gonna be on fire.. !

Well, what we have here is a very basic French crêpe recipe. Remember that the crêpes are not pancakes..

The crêpes are to be combined in many ways. Chocolate, honey, cream, strawberries, yogurt… anything! YOu have to use your imagination. But for those who have never tried them, i recommend basic chocolate, honey and jam!

Well, here it is!

Crêpes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Orange peel ( grated)
  • Cognac

Directions:

In a large bowl, insert the water and the milk, after that sift in the flour and stir until there is no little bubbles or grains of flour. Add the sugar, salt and the butter. After that add the eggs. Stir well. Add the orange peel and if you want some anise to aromatize it.

Leave the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour.

Heat a girdle and butter it so the crêpes wont stick. Pour some of the batter onto the gridle and spread it out tilting the pan in a circular motion. You have to have a even surface ( more or less )

You turn the crêpe over once the crêpe has a golden color with a fork. Once turned, more or less after 30 seconds more and they will be done.When you are going to serve them, you can add a little cognac and flame it, right after you have flamed it, you can add the jam, honey, sugar, maple syrup whatever you wish!

I recommend chocolate for those chocolate lovers. But you must add the chocolate onto the crêpe once you’ve flipped it. So it well partly  melt and the result is amazing. Try them with anything you imagine! Strawberries with yogurt, ice cream, sliced orange with honey (the recipe is also on my blog).. all of these are very healthy and really really tasty.

And that’s it!!!

 

On what occasion shall you do this? You can do it for your couple, surprise him/her with some crêpes with some fresh orange jucie brekfast at the morning! Snacks.. any time is great!

 

See you next time, and enjoy!

Blueberry Muffins

Today’s recipe is dedicated to the simple but great Blueberry Muffin. There are a few things I cannot say no to. One of them is in eating this muffin.It isn’t possible to associate any negative memory to it, and if you’re having a bad time or starting the day in a bad mood, the seducing smell of the muffin and the first taste of the blueberry on you’re tongue will for sure put a smile on your face. Remember that if you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours..  or give him a homemade muffin, cookie.. something you made just for him. That will make their day for sure !

– Well, enough with the chatter, we want a recipe !!! .

– Alright.. here it goes !

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of blueberries (4 oz / 125g)
  2. 2 cups of plain flour (8 oz / 250g)
  3. 1/2 cup of sugar (4 oz / 125g)
  4. 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon of lemon zest or orange peel
  8. 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, partley melted (2 oz / 60g)
  9. 1 cup of milk or half milk half buttermilk ( 250ml )
  10. Granulated nuts (optional)

Directions

– Preheat the oven to 370ºC (185ºC). Put the blueberris with a tablespoon of sifted flour in a bowl and set aside.

– Sift the flower and mix it with the sugar, organe peel, butter and milk. Then add the blueberrys. Mix it manually.

– Drop the dough into greased muffin pans filling each one about half – two thirds full. Bake untill golden and firm for about 25 minutes. Remove them from the oven and wait for them to cool a bit.

I preffer putting lemon zest with the blueberreis aside. It give it a special flavour to the blueberry. Or with the sugars first. Try different combinations!

And that’s it !

Remember that a blueberry muffin is very comforting, so making a brekfast of blueberry muffin, organe juice, milk, whatever your combination is, will make the person who you are making it too start the day with a lot of energy and best of all with a smile on his/her face! Or.. yours!

Enjoy !