No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

no churn vanilla ice cream

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

A lack of an ice cream maker and Lactaid pills won’t prevent Islander from making and eating the quintessential summertime treat. Now that she has discovered how to make no-churn ice cream, she has begun to experiment with different flavors (recipes will be added to our blog). Vanilla ice cream was the first no-churn ice cream flavor that she tried. It is basic but the experiment turned out terrific! Her homemade version is just as sweet and creamy as the store-bought ice cream. No-church vanilla ice cream may be plain and simple but it is perfect for National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with vanilla and bourbon (if using). Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it.

no churn vanilla ice cream

Place in a loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes.

no churn vanilla ice cream

Notes

  • Add 1-2 teaspoons bourbon to help prevent ice crystals from forming in the ice cream and to lessen some of the cloying sweetness.
  • We will keep adding other no-churn ice cream recipes to our blog as we experiment with other flavors.

No-Churn Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream 

July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day

When Islander’s parents came to visit us from Hawaii a few years ago, we took a road trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, so we could tour the National Museum of the Pacific War. Fredericksburg is the hometown of the “admirable admiral” of the U.S. Navy, Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966), after whom the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was named. Islander’s Daddy served aboard this ship during the 1970s. 

Fredericksburg is also famous for its peaches. After our visit to the museums and Main Street, we stopped into Das Peach Haus for a snack before heading back to San Antonio. We enjoyed sampling the peach products at the cute country cottage store.

We were inspired to try a no-churn peach ice cream recipe using peaches from Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. The fresh fruit puree turned out “peachy keen” over the jarred baby food ingredient.

No-churn peach ice cream is a cool treat to eat during the hot summer days in Texas as well as on National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from WRLA.com)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • 1 cup pureed peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon peach schnapps (optional)
  • a few drops of orange food coloring
  • peach slices to garnish (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. Puree the peaches with peach schnapps (if using).

Peach Ice Cream

In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with the pureed peaches. Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Add a few drops of orange food coloring and stir well until the desired color of peach is achieved.

Peach Ice Cream

Place the mixture into a loaf pan. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Garnish with peach slices (optional).

Peach Ice Cream

Notes

  • July is National Ice Cream Month! Search our blog for other ice cream recipes.

Minion Cupcakes

Minion Cupcakes

July 10, 2015: World Premiere of the “Minions” Movie

In the mood for a “despicable dessert”? Then make some Minion cupcakes! Inspired by the animated film, “Minions,” a prequel to the movies “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2,” we made Minion cupcakes for the college kids (and kids-at-heart) for Islander’s brother’s campus ministry. The cute cupcakes were an instant hit!

Minions are the little, loyal creatures who work for Gru, an ex-super villain and main character of the two “Despicable Me” movies. But it was the Minions who practically stole the scenes!

Their popularity not only has garnered them a spin-off film, but the Minions are currently the mascot of Illumination Entertainment (the company that produced the movies). There are a Minion blimp, hot air balloon, video and online games, toys, clothing, theme party supplies and even a simulator ride at Universal Studios in Florida! Add crafts and cooking projects to the list, as Minions are a muse to many, including us!

So transform a Twinkie today into a Minion cupcake for the movie’s worldwide premiere!

Recipe

(Based on Internet images)

For the Black Russian cupcakes

For the Minions

  • Twinkies (Cloud Cakes, etc.)
  • Black string licorice
  • Candy eyeballs (we used Wilton brand)
  • Black tube frosting
  • Yellow tube frosting (optional for the eyelids)
  • Blue frosting (we used Betty Crocker Cupcake Icing sky blue color)

Directions

Bake the Black Russian cupcakes and set aside to cool.

Minion Cupcakes

Make the Minions by cutting the Twinkies in half. Slice the licorice string into half-inch pieces. Position randomly on top of a Twinkie for the Minion hair. Using a small round tip (such as Wilton #4), pipe a black strip of frosting across the Twinkie half to make the Minion goggles.

Minion Cupcakes

Pipe black circles and press candy eyeballs in place (vary with one or two eyeballs). If thicker goggles are desired, pipe around the rim of the candy eyeballs. Pipe mouths of different expressions.

Minion Cupcakes

Frost the tops of the cooled cupcakes with blue cupcake icing (we used the ruffle tip). Put a toothpick (or short lollipop stick) in the middle (optional to hold the Minion in place). Position a Minion on top of the toothpick/lollipop stick. Cover until ready to serve to avoid drying out the Twinkie.

Minion Cupcakes

Notes

  • We baked Black Russian-flavored cupcakes because the character Gru, the Minions’ master, is supposedly Russian. Also, the dark chocolate flavor and color contrast well with the yellow sponge cake snacks.
  • For the Minion eyelids, swipe a strip of yellow frosting thinly above the candy eyeballs before positioning on the goggles.
  • Please warn guests before eating that there is a toothpick/lollipop stick in the middle of the Minion cupcake.
  • For the final food photo background above, we bought Minion paper plates from Party City.

Butter Tart Squares

Butter Tart Squares

July 1: Canada Day

Visiting some of Highlander’s relatives in Canada is always a treat—literally—especially when they serve treats from his country of birth. They want to remind him of his roots and share cultural cuisine with us since we are foodies. One distinctive dessert from Canada is butter tarts, a pastry invented in the pioneer era. We transformed the traditional tarts into squares for a sweet stacked snack to celebrate Canada Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Robin Hood)

For the base crust

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour

Directions

Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment or waxed paper, leaving a little overhang as the “handles” to lift the dessert out of the pan later. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar. Mix in the flour until it sticks together.

Butter Tarts Squares

Press into prepared pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Make the topping.

Butter Tart Squares

For the topping

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar. Mix in the corn syrup, eggs and vanilla.

Butter Tart Squares

Blend in the flour and baking powder. Sprinkle the raisins and chopped walnuts over the base crust. 

Butter Tart Squares

Pour the filling over the raisins and nuts. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Lift the dessert out of the pan using the parchment or waxed paper “handles”. Cut into 16 squares.

Butter Tart Squares

Notes

  • The raisins and walnuts are optional but we added them to the recipe. The raisins add a nice chewy texture and the walnuts counter the sweetness of this dessert.

No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

July: National Ice Cream Month

Have you ever taken one of those personality quizzes based on your favorite flavor of ice cream? One such test, an “ice cream flavorology study”, was developed by Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, the neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Ltd., in Chicago, Illinois. National manufacturer Edy’s Grand Ice Cream commissioned him to determine how ice cream flavor preferences relate to people’s personalities.

Islander’s favorite flavor is butter pecan and Highlander likes chocolate (see our blog post recipe for no-churn chocolate ice cream). We read Dr. Hirsch’s amusing analysis of our personalities based on the ice cream flavors we chose and, while they do fit us, we do not feel bound to those descriptions, as we enjoy eating other flavors of ice cream, depending on our moods.

During National Ice Cream Month, have some fun and take the personality test. And while you’re at it, enjoy eating some homemade no-churn butter pecan (or other favorite flavor) ice cream from the recipe provided below. Stay cool!

Recipe

(Adapted from Noreen’s Kitchen)

Ingredients

  • 1 cups pecans (chips, pieces or half nuts), toasted
  • 2 cups heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small pan, toast the pecans, being careful not to burn them. Let cool and set aside. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, pour the condensed milk.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Stir in the melted butter, maple syrup and extracts.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Add the salt. Fold in the whipped cream and toasted pecans and blend well. Pour mixture into a large loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer, scoop and enjoy!

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Notes

  • National Ice Cream Day is also celebrated on the third Sunday of July.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream recipes.

No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Earlier this spring, we took a road trip to Brenham, Texas (about an hour-and-a-half’s drive northwest from where we currently live), with our Hawaii ex-patriate friends Pat and Phyllis S. from San Antonio. We wanted to see blue bonnets and the Blue Bell Creameries. We did see a few of the wildflower fields but, unfortunately, the ice cream factory tour was cancelled due to listeria. News crews were in front of the creamery ready to report about the recalls. 

Lately we have been experimenting with making ice cream at home. At least we know what ingredients are going into our recipe—no listeria hysteria! We do not have an ice cream maker and do not want to buy one. But the no-churn method of making ice cream seems to work just fine!

For a no-churn chocolate ice cream, we tried mixing cocoa powder and melted chocolate in the basic recipe. The colors varied from pale cocoa to muddy brown, depending on what was added. The tastes ranged from milk chocolate to intensely dark. The textures went from icy-chunky to smooth and creamy. All versions were delicious!

As the hot summer season approaches, stay cool and safe from listeria by trying a homemade no-churn chocolate ice cream recipe for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Nigella.com)

 Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder OR 3-4 ounces melted semi-sweet/bittersweet/unsweetened chocolate (we used Baker’s brand)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR ½ tablespoon of crème de cacao liqueur (optional)
  • chocolate syrup to drizzle on top (optional)

Directions

Whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk with the cocoa powder OR melted chocolate. Stir well. Add a pinch of salt (optional). Mix in the vanilla extract or liqueur (optional).

Chocolate Ice Cream

Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Place in a loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Let stand for a few minutes and scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Drizzle with chocolate syrup (optional).

Chocolate Ice Cream

Notes

  • If using melted chocolate, let cool slighty before mixing with the condensed milk and whipped cream.
  • National Ice Cream Day is also celebrated on the third Sunday of July.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream and chocolate recipes.

Räksmörgås

(Swedish Shrimp Sandwich)

Swedish Shrimp Sandwich

May 10: National Shrimp Day

Islander used to work in a building across the street from an Ikea in Illinois. What a distraction it was to go to that Swedish furniture store (we bought a sofa sleeper, end tables, cabinets and shelving, benches and stools and a mirror from Ikea)!

Sometimes, Islander would take her lunch breaks at the Ikea cafeteria to sample some Swedish food, such as räksmörgås, an open-faced shrimp sandwich. It was light and refreshingly delicious.

Now that we currently live in South Texas, the closest Ikea is nearly three hours’ drive away—not too convenient to visit for browsing at furniture or eating at the café. So we make räksmörgås at home. These Swedish shrimp sandwiches are simple to make for a light lunch and in observance of National Shrimp Day. Smaklig måltid (bon appétit in Swedish)!

Recipe

(Adapted from Ikea)

Ingredients

  • Toasted bread (one per person)
  • Butter
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Boiled egg, shelled and sliced
  • Small frozen shrimps, thawed and patted dry with paper towels
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • lemon slices (optional garnish)
  • tomato wedges (optional garnish)

Directions

Toast the bread. Spread butter on one side. Place a lettuce leaf on top. Slice the eggs and layer it on top of the lettuce. Sprinkle the shrimps over the eggs.

Swedish Shrimp Sandwich

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir in the chopped dill. Carefully spread the mixture over the shrimp. Finish with dill on top. Garnish with lemon slices, tomato wedges and a sprig of dill (optional). Serve immediately.

Swedish Shrimp Sandwich

Notes

  • Variations of räksmörgås include adding mustard, thinly-sliced cucumbers, chopped chives, lemon garnish, tomato wedges and caviar.
  • Heavier breads, such as rye or pumpernickel, are recommended over the softer white varieties to be able to hold up the ingredients.
  • Search our site for other Swedish-inspired or shrimp recipes.
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