Sunday, November 18, 2012

Crazy for helado!

That's ice cream to you gringos (helado is one of the few Spanish words the Canadian knows along with the word for candy). Last night we made our first batch of frozen yogurt in my new Christmas toy. The process was really simple; mix the ingredients together, turn on the ice cream machine (after chilling the mixing bowl in the freezer for 24 hours), pour the ingredients in through the open top of the machine and let churn for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes you can eat it in a soft serve consistency or put it in a freezer safe container and let it harden to more of an ice cream texture. Last night we made pumpkin pie frozen yogurt and I was not impressed with it. It was too tart and too pumpkiny. Thankfully it was a small batch (about 3 servings) so it wasn't a total waste. Undeterred, I threw the mixing bowl back in the freezer with the plan to make another batch this afternoon of coffee ice cream. After mixing together coconut milk, whipping cream, sugar, espresso, and vanilla we had tremendously delicious bowls of coffee soft serve.

The machine came with a small recipe book with lots of other delicious sounding recipes to try like peppermint and chocolate peanut butter because nothing screams winter time like a chilly bowl of fresh ice cream!

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