13 May 2008

Frozen Wonderfulness

First off, you have to know that we have an ice-cream maker. We had a Donvier years ago, and used to make a terrific apricot sorbet by throwing a chilled canned apricots into the food processor and then into the Donvier. But it only made a pint of ice cream, and it was hand-cranked, and so two summers ago I bought myself a Cuisinart ice cream maker. And even though I hardly ever use it, I always keep the bowl in the freezer because you just never know when inspiration will strike. I remember making something one day last summer, and Miss M. tasted it and looked up at me, full of wonder, you made this for me, Mama?

The other night, my in-laws came over for dinner on the spur of the moment. W. ran out and got ground beef and buns, and we made a salad, but there was nothing for dessert – until a light bulb went off in my head.

Wait, I have to backtrack again. After one too many times in which a container of milk1 went bad before it expired, or worse, was bad when it came home from the supermarket, we got a milkman. It’s heaven, and I don’t even drink milk. They deliver three half gallons of 2% milk in glass bottles2 every Monday morning, along with occasional butter or eggs or yogurt. It’s there before we get downstairs in the morning, before the newspaper even shows up.

Even in heaven, nothing’s perfect, and a couple of weeks ago, they delivered the wrong kind of yogurt. I like it plain, to doctor up as I wish with unsweetened fruit, or to use as an ingredient in other stuff. But what we got that day was a quart of low-fat vanilla yogurt. It sat around while I wondered what to do with it – until Saturday night.

I remembered a recipe I’d seen at 101 Cookbooks, a recipe for vanilla frozen yogurt. Heidi uses plain yogurt and sugar and vanilla (and nothing else), but I figured I could make do with the already flavored and sweetened vanilla yogurt. So I strained it for about 20 minutes to thicken it up a bit, tossed in a random container of mascarpone that was in the fridge about to go bad, added a couple of tablespoons of sugar and a bit more vanilla, and whirled it up in the ice cream maker while we were eating the hamburgers. It made just enough pure, clean, easy deliciousness for four grown-ups and one four year old. Yum.








1. Horizon organic milk, to add insult to injury, given the price of organic dairy products.

2. Not organic, but hormone-free and pretty local.

18 comments:

womaninawindow said...

Sounds delicious. Nothing like goods from your own hand...or a helpful robot...

painted maypole said...

yum.

we used to have the big old crank kind as a kid, and it sure was tasty!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Milk going bad. I would know nothing about that. I go through 6 gallons a week from Costco. Teenagers!

I used to have a Donvier too--maybe I should think about the Cuisinart one--ice cream is another thing we go through a lot of!

BlackenedBoy said...
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BlackenedBoy said...

I've only had homemade ice-cream one time in my life.

It was at my uncle's house over the summer when I was about twelve, and ever since I've begged him to make it again, but he never does!

I'll have to buy one of those things myself.

By the way, I'd really like to know how you have a milk man.

My sister is four years old, and I think she'd love that.

Her Grace said...

I am jealous of your milkman.

slouching mom said...

that sounds DIVINE.

LAS said...

Oh - I have the same ice cream maker. I don't use it often but I love it. I also leave it in the freezer just in case. I have a recipe for chocolate truffle ice cream - the best chocolate ice cream I've ever had. It's perfect with homemade raspberry sauce.

flutter said...

Dude! PHOTOS!!!

Kelley said...

dammit! Now I want frozen yogurt...

Angeline said...

Yummy! could almost smell it!

Candy said...

You're an inspiration! I've had the bowl portion of my ice cream maker in my freezer for 3 years - unused. I think this is the weekend!

KC said...

I debated whether to get one...you make a strong argument!

soher529 said...

I am so glad the mascarpone went to good use!!!!!

Barb McMahon said...

Many years ago, my husband was about to become unemployed from a job as chef. But the good news was that he could buy a restaurant-grade ice-cream maker for half price!

'Cuz when you're unemployed, you need a lot of ice cream.

We still have it. It takes up a fair bit of counter space. And I love every single batch that comes out of it!

niobe said...

I think I have that same ice cream maker. But, sadly, I've never managed to get it to produce a batch of ice cream that was actually worth eating.

Janet said...

I'm putting the ice cream thingie in the freezer RIGHT NOW!

wheelsonthebus said...

I really miss having a milkman!