Braille Monitor                                                                               July 2006



July is the height of ice-cream-eating season, so we pause in our usual schedule of recipe contributors to pass along several luscious-sounding homemade ice cream recipes sent a few months ago, when Idaho was supplying the month's recipes. These come from longtime Federation leader Ramona Walhof. This is the way she introduced these recipes:

They say that variety is the spice of life, so here are six different ice cream recipes you can make at home. All you need are an electric or old-fashioned hand-crank ice cream maker and the ice and rock salt required to make it work. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions about layering the ice and salt when you pack the freezer. And remember that the final product will benefit from being allowed to rest in ice for at least forty-five minutes after churning.

Ramona Walhof

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream
by Ramona Walhof

1 cup sugar
5 cups light cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Method: Combine all ingredients and pour into ice cream maker. Pack with rock salt and ice and churn until done. Makes a half gallon.

Blueberry Ice Cream

3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin, softened in a little cold water
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method: In small saucepan combine blueberries, lemon juice, and honey. Cook over low heat until sauce thickens slightly, stirring constantly. Add gelatin and continue stirring. When gelatin is completely dissolved, remove mixture from heat and allow to cool. Add cream and vanilla to berry mixture and chill for one hour. Pour mixture into ice cream maker, then churn until done. As a variation, try combining these ingredients without cooking for a different taste.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

1 cup light cream
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped and crushed
2/3 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Method: Combine all ingredients. Pour into the can of an ice cream maker and chill in refrigerator for two hours. Pack ice cream maker with ice and salt and churn cream for about ten minutes or until done.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

6 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method: In top of double boiler heat the heavy cream. Combine cornstarch with milk and stir to remove lumps. Add milk mixture to hot cream. Cook until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove 1 tablespoon of hot mixture and stir into beaten eggs; then add egg mixture to double boiler. Continue cooking and stirring custard until thick, then remove from heat. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Chill for one to two hours. Add vanilla and chocolate chips, pour into ice cream maker, then churn until set. Serve immediately or freeze to serve later.

Graham Cracker Ice Cream

2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup sugar
5 cups heavy cream, whipped
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method: Combine all ingredients. Pour into ice cream maker, then churn and freeze. Makes a half gallon.

Philadelphia Vanilla Ice Cream

This ice cream has a richer flavor than ordinary vanilla. It's great if you want something special without getting too fancy.

6 cups light cream
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 3-inch vanilla beans, split
1/8 teaspoon salt

Method: In top of double boiler combine sugar, salt, vanilla beans, and three cups of cream. Cook for ten minutes, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Remove the bean pods, scraping the pulp and seeds into the cream, then cool. Add the remaining cream to the cooled mixture and mix well. Pour into ice cream maker, then churn and freeze. Makes a half gallon.