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Saturday, December 31, 2011

World Peace Sundae

World Peace Sundae 


Another year has come to an end. There was much to celebrate and be thankful for.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and seeing my latest ice cream creation. I hope the new year continues to bring you much joy and happiness and that you are living your dream.

This World Peace Sundae was inspired by the World Peace Cookies created by Dorie Greenspan


The Sundae is constructed with a layer of Hot Fudge and then a layer of Chocolate Ice Cream.  Then I crumble a layer of World Peace Cookies and then top with homemade whipped cream and some nuts of your choice.



Have a fantastic 2012!

Always,
Bao

Monday, November 14, 2011

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

As Fall is in full swing here is a great ice cream flavor to enjoy the season of eating.





Ingredients (adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream)
3/4 cup of sugar for caramel
1/4 cup of sugar for ice cream base
1/2 teaspoon  of sea salt
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
2 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
1 table spoon and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon of light corn syrup




In a large bowl whisk the cream cheese set aside to pour the ice cream batter in later. In a small bowl combine the corn starch with 2 tablespoon of the milk to create slurry, you'll use the slurry to thicken the ice cream base toward the end of cooking.

In a large bowl fill with half way with ice cubes and add a  cup or two of water to create an ice bath.

In a medium size sauce pan you will caramelize the sugar. This will be a dry method where you don't add any water to the sugar. You simply place the sugar in the sauce pan over medium high heat. The sugar will begin to melt and caramelize between 5-8 minutes. I like to use a wooden spoon to stir the sugar and make sure everything dissolves and turn a golden brown.

Once the caramel has reached  golden golden brown take off the heat and slowly add your heavy cream. The hot caramel will bubble wildly but continue stirring the heavy cream and then return back to the heat. Add the rest of the milk, corn syrup and sugar and bring to the ice cream base to a slow boil. Add the corn starch slurry to thicken the ice cream base and let it boil for 2-3 minutes and then pour the mixture into the large bowl with the cream cheese. Stir the ice cream base, sea salt and cream cheese until everything has dissolved.

Place the ice cream base and the bowl over the ice bath and let it sit for 30-40 minutes. Then cover the ice cream base and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before churning in our ice cream  maker. Let the ice rest in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.



Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any question.

Bao

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cafe Lucca Gelato


Cafe Lucca Gelato


It was such great a beautiful day I decided to take a little walk and enjoy a gelato break. Cafe Lucca is a great little cafe it has plenty of tables for you to sit and enjoy an espresso or some great gelato.


They have a great selection as you can see.

Gelato 2


I ended up getting some gelato for my co-workers as well. I had the Chocolate Hazelnut and Pistachio. The gelato was full of flavor but since the fat content isn't like ice cream the finish is much cleaner.



Cafe Lucca on Yelp 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Orange Vanilla Cream

Orange Vanilla Cream


Orange Vanilla Cream

Here is another childhood favorite of mine. It an Orange Vanilla Cream. Just simple frozen orange juice and then I combine with some vanilla ice cream. It is simple, tart, sweet and creamy.

Orange Vanilla Cream

Orange Vanilla Cream

Orange Vanilla Cream

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Magnum Ice Cream Bar - Vanilla Almond

Magnum Ice Cream Bar -  Vanilla Almond


Magnum Ice Cream Bar


Today I saw the Magnum Ice Bar on sale while wandering through the freezer isle. I thought I would give them a try and see if they lived up to all the hype that the TV commercials were generating.


Magnum Ice Cream Bar

The packaging is definitely fancy compared to the Haagen Dazs bar. The gold foil wrapping definitely convey a sense of  a high end product but will the taste deliver the goods?

Magnum Ice Cream Bar

I let the bar rest a few minutes on the counter before I took my first bite. I wanted the ice cream inside to be soft  so that it won't instantly freeze my taste buds so that I can make a solid judgment. Upon  taking my first bite the chocolate shell splintered leaving broken pieces where I had taken my bite. I think the chocolate coating is not as thick as the Haagen Daz bar.

Magnum Ice Cream Bar

The next thing I wanted to compare was the vanilla ice cream inside. The Magnum bar had vanilla bean specs to convey that real vanilla that was used. It definitely had good vanilla flavor but the ice cream itself was not as thick and creamy as a Haagen Daz bar. It seems like the was more overrun or air in the ice cream because it was very light and fluffy.

Overall I thought the Magnum Ice Cream Bar was good but if I were to spend $4+ on a premium box of ice cream bars I would stick to the Haagen Daz bars.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Hot Fudge

Hot Fudge

Hot Fudge

Here is a very simple recipe for hot fudge.

Ingredients

4 ounces of dark chocolate chips
4 ounces of  unsalted butter sliced  so they are easy to melt
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler. Stir in heavy cream and then sprinkle in 1/2 cup sugar. Continue stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Sprinkle in remaining sugar until dissolved. Add the vanilla extract and continue to cook the fudge for another 20 minutes until it reduces a bit and get a shine.

Hot Fudge


Enjoy over your favorite ice cream. The fudge should keep refrigerated for 1 week. To reheat you can microwave for in 30 second intervals and stir in between intervals so that the fudge is heated evenly.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Simple Post

Just a simple post today. It was a very busy weekend.

A vanilla scoop in Black and White.






Saturday, July 23, 2011

Shamu Ice Cream Pop

Shamu Ice Cream Pop

Seaworld


I spent the day at the Seaworld in San Diego and I had to try the Shamu Ice Cream pop.

Seaworld

It a vanilla ice cream flavored ice cream bar that is shaped like Shamu and then dipped in milke chocolate.

Seaworld

I would say this novelty ice cream was pretty cool and went with the theme of being at Sea World.

Seaworld

It was a great time for the entire family

Friday, July 22, 2011

Maggie Moos





Today I had a chance to try Maggie Moos ice cream.





I had tried there Strawberry ice cream it was very good had a great flavor and finish.

I also tried there Carrot Cake ice cream it has the taste of cream cheese frosting with cinnamon and they also had specs of carrots.









Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream Bowls

Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream Bowls

Vanilla Cherry Bowls

Simplicity is best. Like the words of all the best chefs when you have good ingredients you don't have to do much to make them shine.

Vanilla Cherry Bowls

These little vanilla cherry waffle bowls are simple and perfect for a nice warm summers night. Just dice up ripe sweet cherries top off with the best vanilla ice cream you can make or buy and serve in a nice fresh and warm waffle bowl.

Vanilla Cherry Bowls

Keep it simple and delicious.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nectarine Sundae

Nectarine Sundae

Nectarine Sundea


I hope you are experiencing the bountiful sweet crop of Nectarines that are at your local farmers market. We picked up some deliciously ripe nectarines this weekend and today I had just enough remaining to make a quick sundae.

Nectarine Sundea

I peeled the nectarine and thinly sliced and sauteed them with some butter and brown sugar to taste. When you see the sugar just begin to melt and caramelized remove the pan from the heat and top off with some great homemade french vanilla ice cream. I topped off the sundae with pieces of waffle cones for  some crunch.

Nectarine Sundea

Nectarine Sundea

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ice Cream Scoops

Ice Cream Scoops

Scoops


Here is my small collection of Ice Cream Scoops. They all make different sizes and shapes of scoops. I prefer the smaller scoops for my ice cream photos because you can fit more of them into a bowl or cone.


scoops

Scoops

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chocolate Waffle Cones

Chocolate Waffle Cones

Chocolate Waffle Cone

Well once you start making your own ice cream I think it is a natural progression to start making waffle cones. Nothing beats the smell and taste of a fresh crispy buttery waffle cone.

I decided to deviate a little from the regular waffle cone recipe and added in a couple teaspoons of coco powder and made the cones richer and more sophisticated.

Chocolate Waffle Cone

Ingredients

2 large egg whites
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoon of unsalted melted butter
2/3 cup of flour
2 teaspoon of coco powder


 Chocolate Waffle Cone

My Guest post on The Ravenous Couple

Come check out my guest post at The Ravenous Couple blog.  The Ravenous Couple Blog is a great read with delicious recipes and great family stories. Today I share a Vietnamese Dessert - Che Dau Trang






Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mint Klondike Bar

Mint Klondike Bar

I saw these Mint Klondike Bars while strolling through the ice cream freezer section at the local supermarket and I had to give them a try. I'm always a sucker for mint and chocolate, it one of  my favorite flavor combinations.

Mint Klondike

They tasted pretty good for a store bought Ice Cream bar. The chocolate that coated the ice was thick and dark chocolate tasting. The ice cream inside had a hint of mint and a touch of green not too fake green but just enough to make you believe you are eating a mint ice cream.

Mint Klondike

Maybe in a future post I can  show you a artisanal way to make mint ice cream bars.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cupcakes and Ice Cream

Cupcakes and Ice Cream

It was my twin nephews 1st birthday party today and my wife's cousin made these great cupcakes and sugar cookies. 

Cupcake and Ice Cream


If you want to learn how to make these sweet treats visit her great blog at Treats-SF.blogspot.com

Cupcake and Ice Cream2

It wouldn't be complete without cake and ice cream.

Cupcake and Ice Cream3

Cupcake and Ice Cream 4
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