Ice cream is the guy in a romantic comedy that the girl takes for granted. She dates a bunch of other losers until she realizes that he is the one. Truly. I can't tell you how many times I've eaten at a restaurant and ordered the lava cake or that fancy sounding fruity thing only to wish that I'd just waited until I got home to have some dependable ice cream out of my freezer.
Let's give this perfect treat the respect it deserves. It's easy to make at home; don't be scared. Don't let anyone tell you that you need a fancy ice cream maker or liquid nitrogen. Get the $60 one and call it a day. If you do want to splurge, get yourself a super sweet Tovolo container. *shout out to my sister and brother-in-law for spoiling me with one of those*
Back to the star of the post: ice cream. What makes good ice cream?
1. Fat - seriously. There is a lot of fat in good ice cream. If you're like me, this doesn't scare you. If you are like most of my friends, this definitely scares you. Fat is good for you. Embrace its goodness. The fat comes from the cream, whole milk and eggs. Without the right amount of fat, your ice cream will melt away into nothing and that satisfying texture will not be present. Too much fat (i.e. using all cream and no milk) and your ice cream will leave an unpleasant film on the roof of your mouth.
2. Sugar - It goes without saying, right? Not only does the sugar add sweetness, it also acts as anti-freeze so your ice cream stays soft.
3. Mix-ins - chocolate chunks, caramelized nuts, marshmallows, berries etc. These nuggets add texture and pops of flavor. Who doesn't like some good ol' rocky road?
Now, listen to this and look at pictures of ice cream.
|Peanut Butter-Chocolate with Chocolate Chips, sweetened with Maple Syurp|
|Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips and Candied Pecans|
|Espresso Chip Spinning|
|Espresso Chip with Meringue Rocher|