Friday, November 28, 2008

Orange Cream Dream Ice Cream

Several years ago, my husband (then boyfriend) and I bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker at Costco with grand plans on making lots of ice cream. Like most of these plans, that fell through and it sat in disuse on the top of our fridge until the wonderful day we bought the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream book. What better people to learn to make ice cream from than the masters themselves.
Although it is winter, I love ice cream and it tastes so much better when it’s homemade. This recipe is super easy and uses basic ingredients most people already have at home.

A few people had this with the pies yesterday. I think it’s best just as is, but it does accompany other desserts well.

Orange Cream Dream Ice Cream from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book:
Makes generous 1 quart

Sweet Cream Base (I always do #1. It might be fattier than the others, but it tastes better and keeps longer. 2 large eggs, ¾ cup sugar, 2 cups heavy or whipping cream, 1 cup milk)
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the base, whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. I generally whisk the sugar in a ¼ cup at a time. Pour in cream and milk and whisk to blend.

Add the juice concentrate and vanilla extract and blend.

Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions. Mine says to mix for 20-25 minutes. I generally do the full 25. After this it will be the consistency of soft serve. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours (overnight is better) to get hard pack.

This tastes like childhood. It’d only be better if I had little wooden spoons to eat it with.

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