Coffee Ice Cream

Hello everyone!
Since it’s still summer I feel like giving out a icy recipe that will for sure be to your enjoyment and to those with whom you share! It’s one that has to be in everyone’s recipe note-book, because it is ALWAYS a hit.. and it’s so delicious and easy to do, it should be a sin not having it in you repertoire.

Food is to share, so after preparing this wonderful recipe, meet some of your friends / family, or use it for a refreshing and satisfying desert!

 

Coffee Ice Cream

Ingredients

1½ cups whole milk
¾ cup sugar
1½ cups whole coffee beans
Pinch of salt
1½ cups heavy cream, divided
5 large egg yolks
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. finely ground coffee or espresso powder

 

Preparation

Combine the milk, sugar, coffee beans, salt and ½ cup of the heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Once the mixture is warm and just begins to bubble, remove from the heat and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

After steeping, return the saucepan with the coffee mixture to the burner over medium heat.  Pour the remaining 1 cup heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.  In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth.  Once the coffee mixture has become warm again, slowly pour the mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly to temper the eggs.  Return the egg-coffee bean mixture to the saucepan over medium high heat.

Cook the mixture, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula or spoon (about 170-175° F.)  Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream.  Press on the coffee beans in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible, then discard the beans (I used a heavy-bottomed drinking glass to do this.)  Mix in the vanilla and ground coffee or espresso powder.  Chill the batter over an ice bath, or in the refrigerator.  Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator and then freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

And this is it! Enjoy!

 

Oh, by the way, use good coffee, you will notice the difference!

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

Pancakes

Hi there again!

A few days ago I made a crêpes recipe and posted it here, and today I shall post you the American version! The big pancake!

I personally prefer crêpes, because they permit you to do more things with them. But these are also great for breakfasts… who doesn’t dream every night of waking up by the smell of pancakes?

This recipe is classical, meaning it doesn’t have any added ingredient to give the pancake a little twist!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you pancakes!

Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

Directions:

  1. Combine milk with the oil and set aside.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk the eggs and butter into the milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with butter. Pour the batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Enjoy!

These are great with almost anything.. I wouldn’t with fish.. but almost anything else!!! The best combination is fresh orange juice, pancakes, and someone you love to share them with.

Coming soon:

– Vanilla Ice – Cream

– Mississippi Mud cake

Feel free to request an recipe and I’ll do my best to provide!

Brownies

Hi again,

Yes, yes, I know that everyone has at least 10 different recipes of brownies… but maybe someone only has 9!! So they need this one to complete it! And maybe someone needs a fresh brownie recipe.. so here it is.

I once heard that the brownies were originally made by a librarian who forgot to put baking powder to a chocolate cake!

These are great when you don’t know what to bring to a special occasion, and when you don’t have time! They always taste good.

Here it is the all American, all chocolate, brownie!

Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz (65 g) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of (125 grams) of all purpose plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar ( 250 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon and a half of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream (60 grams)
  • 2/3 (90 grams) of chopped walnuts

Directions:

1- Preheat the oven to 325ºF (165ºC). Melt the chocolate with the butter in the top of a double boiler ( in Barcelona the double boiler is called el bany Maria). Let is cool a bit.

2- Mix the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl. Mix it during 3 minutes until it gets a light color. Slowly beat in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla, sift in the flour, mixing well. Stir in the salt, sour cream and walnuts.

3- Pour the batter into a greased 8 inches (20 cm) square cake pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean of the center, around 25-30 minutes.

4- Let it cool

Enjoy!!

That’s it, fast and vibrant! The key here is that you need to get a 8 inch cake pan to do it, if not, it will not come out as a brownie, and you shall have invented another thing!

The walnuts are optional, not everyone likes them.

You can heat them a little bit before serving and melt a bit more of chocolate and spread it out on top, the result is astonashingly good. And if you want to go over the top, do some vanilla ice-cream to accompany it, then you have a amazing desert! As you can see in the picture.

Soon, I’ll post the vanilla ice-cream recipe!! From scratch!

If anyone has any requests for any recipe, just ask, and I’ll see what I can do.

See you next time!