My second contribution for the pumpkin buffet was a pumpkin ice cream. I used the recipe for gorgeous Marzipan ice cream which I served last Christmas as blue print. And like this ice cream the pumpkin ice cream is very creamy and keeps this creaminess even in the fridge. It is the Invert syrup, which makes it is soft. To balance the sweetness of the pumkin, I added a little bit of buttermilk. The mixture of spices is similar to pumpkin pie spice, but with some tonka bean to add a touch of special. The ice cream fits well into the Christmas time with its flavour of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Its bright yellow brings a bit of sunshine into the dark, grey days!
On the first christmas day we met with my family at my sisters place. To reduce the work for her (and because I like to do it) I offered to make dessert. For a long time I was lacking a good idea. But when I was decorating our flat with my Christmas apples I knew what to cook: Mini baked apples with ice cream. In our childhood my mum always bought marzipan ice cream (shaped as christmas tree) for us. And so I knew the flavour for the ice cream as well: Marzipan! Inspired by Michas cream cheese ice cream I created a new recipe and it is perfect for christmas time because you can make it in advance, freeze it and serve it directly from the fridge. Due to the high amount of invertsirup and cream cheese it will be soft and perfect to eat!
And the combination of cold ice cream, hot apples and crunchy almonds was the perfect end of a delicious Christmas meal!
It’s finally summer here in Germany. A azores high brings us the perfect summer weather: warm, but not hot or humid. Sunshine and a blue sky with little clouds makes us dreaming about icecream.
The coffee roaster sold ice lolly forms some weeks ago, a temptation I could not resist. And to my suprise the silicon form works much better then expected. As longs a the icecream mixture is not to liquid. A fruit puree, mixed with some whipped cream has the perfect consistence. I tried some recipes already and like my peach raspberry ice cream most. To keep a slightly soft texture without big ice crystals I added some Invertsyrup. This worked perfectly, even the part of the ice cream I froze in espresso cups could be spooned right from the freezer. Delicious! Until now, this is my favourite ice cream 2013!
Finally the temperature rose about 25°C and testing new recipes makes a lot of fun once again. Since I bought some Ice lollies forms I test different Ice lolly recipes as well. And a key component for icecream with a creamy consistence is invert syrup.
Invert syrup consists of glucose and fructose and can easily made from normal sugar (sucrose). Sucrose consists of glucose and fructose, connected by a glycosidic bond. This bond can be destroyed when the sugar is dissolved in water, mixed with acid and this mixture then is heated. The acid and the heat help to break the bond, and the water is build into the single sugar molecules.
These reaction can be done easily at home, using citric acid, sugar and water. It can be done either at the stovetop or (and that is the easiest method)in a slowcooker. A little bit chemistry for the kitchen.
The last days were really warm and humid – it seems like summer is already here. And so it is time to start the ice cream season.
In the lab we did already the first ice cream of summer, our favourite lemon yoghurt ice cream.
After we spend a lot of time in a hot train on our way home after work, the boyfriend and me needed something to cool down again. And so I inspected the content of the fridge and decided to prepare a sour cream – curd ice cream with raspberries.
I like this kind of fruit ice creams at hot days very much.
This recipe is easy to prepare and delicious creamy, with potential as favourite ice cream of the summer
It is a kind of tradition now: once a week we make some icecream at work. When the lab heat up to 30°C and water condens on tubes at the ciceling to fall down on my head, it is a little treat for us to stay motivated!
This week we did a Coffee-Caramel-Icecream, and we had to be creative, because a coffeeroom did not provide the same things then a kitchen. We have no espressomaschine, so we have to make coffee with our senseo.
But the ice cream was great. It has a strong coffetaste with a hint of caramel. Continue reading →
Deb from Smitten kitchen posted last year about cold-brewed coffee. I read the post just now, and was fascinated. It sounds so simple, mix grounded coffee with cold water, let sit over night and then strain. And it should taste less bitter and sour then cooked coffee that cooled down. That sounds very promisinig to me.
I love trying new recipe and I love coffee, so I walk in the kitchen direktly and mix water and grounded coffee. The next day I strained the coffee and fill a glas with homemade vanilla icecream and coffeextract. I ignored the part in the recipe saying mix extract with equal amount of water or milk because I like this espressolike taste of the extract very much.
Then I taste and now I can tell: Deb is right! It is the best Icecoffee i ever made! Continue reading →
After the stracciatella icecream was not such a such a success last week, the “Gelateria lab” get active again. We make Icecream with fruits of the season, that means that we decided on impulse in the supermarket, that the blueberries look very delicious, so we buy blueberries, citrons, buttermilk and cream, so we had every thing together to make a delicious icecream. We freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen (again) but of course it is possible to use a ice machine for this purpose, too.
Who prefer a sweeter taste in icecream should increase the amount of sugar. The icecream is just slightly sweet, but I like that very much. Continue reading →
To buy chocolade sauce is expensiv and it comes allways in to small flasks. But it is very easy to prepare homemade chocolade sauce. I make my chocolade sauce always with this recipe, it is easy, fast and cheap.
In 5 minutes I have about 200ml chocolade sauce that cost me not more than 1 Euro and I use fair traded organic incredients. The sauce taste like dark chocolate and you can store it for serveral weeks in the fridge.