Neapolitan Ice Cream


I wrote this whole post, and went to press ‘save draft’ about the same time my computer decided to freeze. I had to write it again, and hopefully it’s just the same as when I first did it. I’m going to go eat some ice cream now.

Adam bought me a KitchenAid Ice cream attachment for Christmas. However, I have yet to use it. Most people are not making ice cream in the middle of winter. Though some people would think otherwise; Adam has been asking me to make it ever since. I guess he thought since he bought me it I would use it or something. Hmm..

But, we finally we have some sun in Vancouver. July has been so rainy! Unlike our counterpart in the East, the West coast has had a horrible summer thus far. I hope the sun is planning on sticking around for a while!! We needed it! Adam and I are also looking forward to celebrating his cousins wedding this weekend and I think the sun is going to stick around for it!

I was so glad to be able to try out the new attachment. Of course, I could not choose which flavour to make first. I was going to make ice cream with mini-chocolate peanut butter cups in it that I bought from Trader Joes. But they mysteriously disappeard…

 

So, I decided to start off with a bang. Three at once! Who doesn’t love the appearance and taste of Neapolitan ice cream? Do you? I do.

I’ve only made ice cream on two other occasions, Blackberry ice cream without a machine here, and once with my friend Justine using a 15$ ice cream maker we bought from WalMart. It was pretty delicious, but took a lot more work. It was also Mint Chocolate Chip. Yum.

I must admit I do have a slight dairy allergy. And by slight, I mean I’m naughty and still eat things like Mayo, Sour Cream, and Cheese. Not on their own of course. Cause that’d be gross. Oh, except the cheese I guess. Thats ok. Anyways, things that do not like me are milk, eggs (on their own) and heavy creams. I stopped eating my beloved Special K and switched to oatmeal last december. Thus, no ice cream or omelettes for me! How gross would that combo be??

Anyways, I love ice cream but hate feeling sick afterwards. So, I decided I would try to make ice cream a little *healthier* by omitting some of the heavier ingredients. I only used one cup of half & half, and replaced the other ingredients with Coconut Milk and Almond Milk. The result? Perfection. I was going to leave the eggs out, but as per suggestions I kept them to thicken the mixture up a bit. Next time I may try not adding them and see what happens!

 

 

This ice cream is absolutely-freaking-delicious. It is just as creamy as the real thing. And healthier..ish. Hey, its still dessert! But, no preservatives, no added dyes, no extra ingredientsneeded. Just simple natural ingredients. Using real strawberries instead of ‘strawberry flavour’ and pink dye makes all the difference. No need for adding food colouring here! It is naturally pink baby.

Though the list of instructions seems daunting, I assure you it does not take that long. Alternatively, you can make an all-vanilla, all-chocolate, or all-strawberry ice cream as one large batch and enjoy it as is.

The strawberry is definitely my favourite. Though, the chocolate with the chocolate shavings is a close second. And, did you know July is National Ice Cream month?? Good timing huh?

** Make sure your ice cream maker is fully frozen/chilled before making each batch. It may begin to thaw, and therefore not freeze the mixture while churning. Place it in the freezeragain before starting the next one to make sure it turns out correctly. **

 

 

Vanilla Ice Cream Base
makes approx. 1 1/2 quarts
Adapted to be more dairy free from here 

1 cup half and half
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 cups (1 can) coconut milk
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar
dash of sea salt
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine half and half, almond milk, coconut milk, 1 cup of sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine.
2. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
3. Over medium-high heat, heat milk mixture until sugar dissolves and begins to simmer. Slowly pour about one cup of the simmering milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to temper the eggs (a.k.a. cook the eggs without scrambling them). Add egg mixture to sauce pan, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Turn heat off. Add vanilla extract.

4. Pour mixture in a large bowl. Cover and place in fridge to cool, about 3 hours. To speed up the cooling process, place bowl in an ice bath in the fridge, or place in the freezer sans ice bath.


To Make Neapolitan Ice cream…

1. Divide the chilled mixture into three bowls.
2. Return two of the bowls to the freezer.
3. Using the first bowl continue to prepare as per your ice cream makers instructions for the Vanilla ice cream.
4. Once you have finished making the Vanilla ice cream, it will resemble soft serve, scoop the finished mixture into an air tight container and return to the freezer to harden.

Strawberry Ice Cream:

Approx. 5-7 strawberries, hulled and diced into small pieces.
2 tbsp. sugar

1. Remove one of the remaining two batches from the freezer.
2. Using a food processor, or by mashing the strawberries by hand, gently puree the strawberries and sugar until only a few remaining pieces of strawberry remain whole.
3. Pour the strawberry puree into the vanilla ice cream base.
4. Continue to make as per your ice cream makers instructions for the Strawberry ice cream. Scoop the finished mixture int another air tight container and place in freezer.

Chocolate Ice Cream:

2 squares of good quality chocolate

1. Melt the chocolate carefully, as not to burn it, and allow to cool.
2. Remove the final batch of ice cream base from the freezer. Slowly stir in the chocolate with a whisk (you may add some cocoa powder as well if you like)
3. Continue to make as per your ice cream makers instructions for the chocolate ice cream.
4. To gain a chocolate stracciatella like ice cream, melt some more chocolate, and drizzle it slowly into the ice cream as it is being churned. It will harden on contact and create the string like chocolate shavings. Transfer the chocolate ice cream to another container, and freeze until hardened.

 


Have you made ice cream before? What are your favourite recipes/flavours?? Have you made a Dairy Free version??

Krause Berry Farms

The other weekend Adam and I ventured out to the country!

Or, as country as you can get around Vancouver. Krause Berry Farms, one of the many local farms in the lower maindland, held a Farmer’s Festival. Krause Berry Farms is part of the Langely Circle Farm Tour. Seeing as how it should be about that time, you know, when the weather is warm and the sun is shining, it would probably have been a great weekend to hold a festival. Unfortunately, we still have yet to experience a real summer in Vancouver this year. Sure, we have been teased with the glimpses of sun shining from above, but most often it disappears again for several days until it returns.

We didn’t mind though. I also didn’t mind having to wear my jacket in the middle of July, if it meant that I got to eat some delicious baked goods. You see, Krause Berry Farms does not just offer local produce and fruit, but It  also has a fully functioning bakery and cafe where it showcases all its delicious products.

When we first arrived they were giving out samples of homemade strawberry jam. It was so fresh and delicious. They also had the JRFM crew on site, and children could take part in building a large LEGO strawberry, visit the petting zoo and even go on a horse ride.

They are also famous for their sky high custard pies! They have a large viewing window into their bakeries so you can see how it is made. Adam and I chose to bring home a double crusted blackberry pie for dessert that night~ It was so so good. They also sell frozen pie dough so you can bake you own creation at home, or, better yet, frozen whole pies to pop into the oven for a deliciously easy dessert! Among other goodies, they sell ice cream and frozen berries! We bought some frozen raspberries for our morning oatmeal. We also sampled some yummy fudge!

We could not leave witohut eating one of the cute little doughnuts! At least, I couldn’t. They are mini blueberry and strawberry doughnuts, with a thin icing glaze on top. Only 99 cents for an unglazed one, and $1.99 for glazed. Definitely worth the extra .99 cents.

Of course we had to eat dessert first. I don’t know how that happened.. After, we ventured onto the ‘Porch’ where they serve food and beverages. We tried the Corn Pizza, which sort of resembled a sheperd’s pie style pizza, a thin crust loaded with corn and topped with both mozzarella and cheddar cheese. We washed it down with a fresh strawberry smoothie.

It was lots of fun to go to the Farmer’s Fest. We will definitely be going back once some more berries are in season, and hopefulyl when it is sunnier! And perhaps definitely for another of those doughnuts too….

The farm offers a U-Pick area for all the fresh berries in season! Remember to bring your own empty ice cream bucket to fill up! If you don’t bring one, you are able to purchase a bucket from the farm to use for all your picking needs! You can also shop for their vegetables.

Kraus Berry Farms are open to visit, and if you did not get a chance to attend Farm Festival 2011, be sure to check it out next year!

Next purchase: Mini Doughnut Pan.

Bard on the Beach + Corduroy

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.” Last night I was able to see those words come to life on the stage at Bard on the Beach.Unfortunately, Canada East has been stealing all the hot summer weather!! Yes, this is the second to last week of July, and yes, it does look and feel like october.

Bard on the Beach happens every year in Kitsalano, Vancouver. Huge tents are assembled, and inside actors re-create some of the most loved Shakespeare plays. This year the four plays featured were: As You Like It, Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, and Richard III. We went to see As You Like It, because I am studying this play in my early Shakespeare class as part of my English Major. I also thought it would be a better choice for Adam and I to see, as it is a comedy. It was really well done, and the characters were actually quite funny! Touchstone stole the show – absolutely hilarious! And, the actor who played him was in commercials for A&W’s ‘Momma burger.’ I would definitely reccommend you see this show, or any of the other ones they are performing this summer.

Bard on the Beach runs until September 24th. They have a brand new BMO stage that is really great! Every single seat is close to the stage, and feels very intimate while watching it so no one has a ‘bad’ view of the actors. The back of the stage is a great big opening so you can see Downtown Vancouver and the mountains. It is awesome!

During the intermission you could wander out into the open concession area, where they served wine and other snacks. At least the rain held off until the end of the show, so everyone could enjoy the beautiful atmosphere within the tents.

Our Tickets! And they even handed out a 5$ Starbucks Gift Card to everyone who attended!


Before the show, we planned on going somewhere for dinner. We (read: I) were a little behind getting ready, as I was trying frantically to register for Fall courses. We hadn’t planned on going anywhere in particular, so we just drove down early and tried to find some eats.We were really lucky to come across a fairly new spot called Corduroy.

It was such a great find. They offer local organic ingredients, and everything on the menu sounded delicious! We were in a little bit of a hurry, so we asked if it would take long to order a couple of individual pizzas. It wasn’t too busy, as it was still early, but they had a comedy show later that night, and on weekends they have local bands. Adam and I said we will definitely have to go back for another pizza, and drink or two.

The Pizzas – so so so so so good! Their crusts are Whole Wheat Rosemary and Honey. The perfect thin crust with lots of crunch!

We chose two pizzas:

Double Smoked Bacon, Carmalized Pear, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction. ( I had to take a bite before I took a pic..)

Omg was this good. The balsamic reduction and carmalized pears!? Adam definitely would have eaten the whole thing himself, but was nice and shared =)

The second choice was the Mushroom Medley, with Truffle Creme Fresh. The mushrooms smelled absolutely delicious! I could have eaten just those on their own.

Adam liked the first one best, but I think the mushroom one was really good! The pizzas were $12/each (i think the website says 10$?) but definitely worth it. I love a good pizza!

If you live in the Vancouver area, I would definitely suggest taking in a play! And, maybe get some pizza on the way? If you do, save me a slice!

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