Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Music that helped me cook: Salam Namaste from the film Salam Namaste starring Preety Zintha and Saif Ali Khan
What better way to beat the heat than a nice cooling and refreshing ice cream. In Germany we were having an amazing heatwave the past few weeks. This trend really seemed to be catching on in all parts of the world and so my theme for this month's Monthly Mingle was not too far off.
We are huge ice cream eaters and slurp ice cream kilowise. This year I decided to invest in an ice cream maker and have a go at making ice cream myself. There are so many positive advantages to an ice cream maker that I really had no problem convincing Tom of my venture. He kind of rolls his eye balls every
time I invest in another one of those "must have" kitchen equipment that in the end turn out to be a "good idea at the time" equipment and stands as a dust collector in my kitchen closet.
Well I am sure this one is going to be different. As especially when there is a kid (or kids if you add the adult man) in the household and you really DO want to treat them to ice cream but DO NOT want to feel guilty about the additional sugar they take in. This way I control what goes into my ice cream and have no guilty conscience whatsoever!
Ever since I got the ice cream maker, I have been experimenting with different flavors, mostly
berries. This was my very first ice cream made with the maker and, I tell you, it was so easy and such a perfect quick summer time dessert or little in between snack.
300 g Strawberries - pureed. You can puree this to any consistency you like. I wanted a bit of frozen fruit in the ice cream so I just pureed this coarsely.
50g - sugar
250 natural, thick organic yoghurt
Equipment: Ice cream maker
In a mixing bowl blend together the sugar, yoghurt and strawberries. Cool for at least 6 hours in the fridge. Doing this makes the ice cream work better and fluffier.
Now add this to your ice cream maker and allow it to do it's thing, until you have a creamy smooth frozen yoghurt ice cream!
Ever since my first try at the ice cream turned out so well I have reserved a space for the cooling bowl of the ice cream maker in my freezer. This way I can whip up an easy but tasty dessert after dinner anytime. I have made the similar type of yoghurt ice cream with raspberries, blueberries and black berries. All I do is make the mixture in the morning or the evening before and in the evening while we are having dinner turn on the machine and in half an hour the yoghurt ice cream is ready.
It is best enjoyed fresh and straight out of the machine. This tastes so delicious and fruity that it encloses all of summer into its flavor. What's more it is seriously healthier than the usual stuff bought at the supermarket and treating Soeren to ice cream has a whole new meaning. Soeren really enjoys being part of the making process and we are always thinking of ideas for our ice creams.
I am looking forward to more experiments with the ice cream maker and look forward to sharing them with you. In the meantime enjoy this cool refreshing treat!
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