Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Vanilla Ice Cream with Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

Hello again internet world! I know its been a while since I posted any new recipes and for that I am very sorry. The crunch has been on to get everything ready for school/my big move to a new city so things have been pretty busy. Funny how four months can quickly disappear to only a few weeks...

Anyway, to make up for the lack of blog-posting on Monday, I decided I would give you all two recipes for the price of one! This blog post contains the recipe for a simple and delicious vanilla ice cream, as well as a rich old-fashioned hot fudge sauce to go on top!

For the past few years, I have been pretty seriously considering purchasing an ice cream maker. I have come close quite a few times but the price has always held me back. They're not super cheap, and it's a lot of money to spend all at once. A few weeks ago, I finally cracked and was able to find one that was the exact one I wanted, but $20 cheaper than the price I had seen anywhere else.

Anyone with a Costco membership who is looking for an ice cream maker check it out, you won't find it cheaper anywhere else!

The ice cream maker comes with a bunch of different recipes that all sound pretty tasty, so I decided for my first batch, I'd go with the most simple of recipes, just to see how it turned out. Vanilla was a perfect choice, and it was so much fun to use the machine for the first time. When the churning process is over, the ice cream is the consistency of a very soft soft-serve ice cream. If you want to get the hard ice cream consistency like the ice cream in the grocery stores, you just need to put the mixture into an air-tight container and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. It tastes as good as any name-brand ice cream would!

The chocolate sauce is delicious as well and is super easy to make. It can also be stored in an air-tight container in your fridge, until you want to use it again. Just heat it back up and serve on top of your favorite ice cream concoction!

Be ready for many more ice cream recipes in the future!!

Last Month: Lightened-Up Lemon Drop Cheesecake

Vanilla Ice Cream 
Prep Time: 20-25mins   Chill Time: 2hrs-Overnight    Yields about 2 quarts

1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 Tbsps vanilla extract

1) In a medium bowl, combine milk and granulated sugar, mixing until dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and vanilla.
2) Turn on your ice cream maker. Pour the mixture in the mixing bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20-25 minutes.
3) After thickening has occurred, transfer mixture to an airtight container and place in your freezer for at least 2 hours.
4) Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.

(Recipe adapted from Cuisinart Instruction and Recipe Booklet)

Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes      Yields about 1 1/4 cups of sauce

6 Tbsps cocoa powder
3 Tbsps unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsps corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Put the cocoa powder in a saucepan with just enough of 1/3 cup boiling water to create a smooth paste. Add the rest of the water, stirring to dissolve.
2) Add the butter and cook over a low heat until the butter has melted. Stir in sugar and corn syrup with a wooden spoon until combined.
3) Bring the mixture to a simmer. As soon as tiny bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan, set a timer for 8 minutes. Cook without stirring until the time is up (be sure to adjust the heat so that the mixture is bubbling but not boiling furiously)
4) Take the pan off heat and with a clean wooden spoon, gently stir vanilla into the mixture.

(Recipe adapted from Absolutely Chocolate)

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