Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Finally something I can't make on the Big Green Egg

When I was a kid, homemade ice cream was a treat but also an endurance event similar to a triathlon. Instead of swim, bike, run, it was more like ice, salt, and churn. The family would shuttle ice and salt into the old ice cream maker while we took turns hand cranking the machine for what seemed like hours.

These days I can't believe how easy making homemade ice cream is. My parents gave us a Cuisanart ice cream maker (Model Ice 20) two years ago and it is so easy to use even a caveman could do it....providing he had electricity of course. No salt. No ice. No hand cranking.
Alexis made Toll House chocolate chip pan cookies (recipe on their bag) and then this super easy vanilla bean ice cream.

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups half & half
1 14 oz can of condensed milk
1 vanilla bean

Mix the first three ingredients. Split the vanilla bean, scrape out the vanilla into the mix and discard the bean casing. Pour the mix into the pre-chilled machine and turn it on. She ran it in the ice cream mixer for about 30 minutes.

I don't eat much dessert at all, I just would rather have seconds or a heavy beer like Newcastle Brown (what I call dessert beer). But this was easy and oh so good.

The fork dives right through the ice cream and then drives into the cookie base...yum! The ice cream was light and creamy with that real vanilla pow in the kisser.

Don't worry, I'm still alive and aliens haven't kidnapped me. Grill programming to return in the next post ;)

23 comments:

  1. heavy cream, condensed milk: sounds good to me!

    Now if you could only figure out HOW to BBQ ice cream . . . I mean we can deep fry it. There must be a way to grill it?

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  2. I'll gladly take your share off your hands! This looks heavenly! I'm glad I stopped by. Came over to respond to your question. I am assuming it's Mexican - it says 'fresh' Chorizo on the package and it comes in links. This was only my third time ever eating/cooking it. Just recently discovered how much I love it!

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  3. Oh my goodness. I want that. I want that bad.

    that is goodness on a plate!!!

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  4. I agree Chris. I grew up with the cranking...the ice..the salt...the hard work. It was only a twice a year treat and very special because of the process. I have an electric maker now that turns out some gorgeous ice cream. And my arms don't hurt...and it's still special.

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  5. I love making ice cream. I haven't made any yet this year, but it isn't even summer (even though it was almost 100 degrees in Bham today).

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  6. Alexis made one fine looking dessert! I love those chocolate chip cookie bars but haven't made them in a long time. I definitely need to take a break from dieting and splurge on a few of those:) Glad to see you got the ice cream maker out. It's so much fun to make your own ice cream. I like this recipe with the condensed milk (I'm a huge fan of that stuff)!

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  7. Not completely true...the recipe my grandfather used required you to cook down some ingredients before taking them to the freezer for cranking. So 'technically' you could do that part on the egg, and you sure could cook those cookies in that picture. Never give in to non egg cooking! I'm looking for the recipe right now!

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  8. Nice venture away from the grill. Hopefully the Egg wasn't too jealous.

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  9. Vanilla is my very favorite flavor. I sure wish I was having this for dessert tonight.

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  10. Looks delicious Chris and as much as I like it, we rarely make ice cream. If this heat and humidity won't motivate me, I might be hopeless. You could set the freezer on the cold Egg rack and pretend.

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  11. Lovely ice cream Chris. It's so hot right now I could eat the entire batch.
    Sam

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  12. Took House RULES! I want to live in a toll house

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  13. Wow. beautiful. See, ice-cream always seemed uberly DIY, a little like buying a cow instead of a gallon of milk. You and Elizabeth over at Guilty kitchen (http://guiltykitchen.com/2010/05/jacked-up-cookies-and-cream-ice-cream/) might just have me convinced, though!

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  14. Now that's a perfect summer treat!!!

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  15. While I love your grill recipes, I am more than happy with your ice cream! Bookmarked it!

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  16. Somehow I have a suspicion that if anyone could find a way to make ice cream on the big green egg...it's you.

    While you work on that, I'm just going to stare at this and sigh. In happiness.

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  17. Its times like this I am glad there are no Star Trek food instant thingy ma-giggies!

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  18. Ahhh summer. I never had to crank the ice cream machine as a kid, my arms were too skinny and everyone was pretty much convinced that cranking would snap them right off. Of course they did try to fatten me up with the finished product... I miss those days. GREG

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  19. I keep promising to take up ice cream making . . . this post could be the convincer. That dessert looks positively sinful! :P

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  20. I'm not much of a dessert eater either but every once in a while a sweet treat is nice. This looks great and love how easy it is with your ice cream maker. I might have to look into this for my boys, they love having dessert available and they love doing their own "cooking" when they have kitchen gadgets like this to use.

    Have a great weekend Chris :-)

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  21. I've just learned that I may be lactose intolerant (and I'm a Wisconsinite by blood which only makes this news extra sad), but I would endure a bellyache for that dessert.

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