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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

~Espresso Ice Cream~

While walking through a market in Ohio, my family came upon an ice cream shop, that won the Butler Family award for the most unique, and out of the ordinary ice cream flavors. For example, the Gucci Muu Muu ice cream, has curry powder, cocoa powder, and coconut. Also there was the Roasted Pumpkin 5-spice. There were a couple with cayenne.
Regardless of the strange ingredient combinations, these ice creams were amazing (although there were a few we  were a little leery of trying).

Later on, we found that the founder of the ice cream shop, Jenni Britton Bauer, created a cook book. I have been exploring through it, trying some strange, and some familiar flavors of ice cream, but all that I have tried, such as the Sweet Corn Blackberry, and Wild Berry Lavender, have been amazing!

Although we loved all of the ones we have tried, our favorite is still the Black Coffee Ice Cream. Several have commented that it tastes like the smell of coffee, so even some people who don't like coffee liked this:

This makes about 1 quart

- 2 1/2 cups of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 1 1/2 oz. of cream cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup of coarsely ground coffee




Whisk about 2 tablespoons of milk with the cornstarch. Whisk cream cheese with salt.

Mix milk, heavy cream and sugar, and pour about 3/4 of a cup into a small pot. Heat on the stove until simmering.



Add coffee beans...




Stir, and let seep about 5 minutes.




Strain with fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth.



                                       


Squeeze as much liquid out of coffee beans as you can. Rinse pot, and return to stove. Add cornstarch, and whisk until it thickens. Watch it carefully. This will happen quickly. Whisk until smooth. 
Whisk in cream cheese until smooth.




Combine with the rest of the milk, put into a quart baggie, and put in a bowl filled with ice and water, until its really cold.




Spin in ice cream maker.




Voila!

This ice cream is also great with shaved chocolate! 

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