Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream With Hot Fudge Sauce

Yesterday we had some friends over to help celebrate Memorial Day. We decided to do the standard picnic fare, only our picnic ended up being inside due to heat and air quality, but that’s ok too. We had fun, so that’s all that matters.

I did most of the cooking on Sunday afternoon, except for cooking the hot dogs and hamburgers and setting the ice cream. On Monday morning all I had to do was organize and few last minute details and put everything together.

I decided I wanted to put a tablecloth on the table, but the problem is that I don’t actually have a tablecloth that fits our very long table, so I decided to make one! I took a piece of material that I’ve had for forever and could never decide what to do with the piece and used part of that. I was very happy with the results!

My handy, dandy tablecloth!

I thought it turned out really well! Martha has nothing on me! That’s my little sous chef in the background dancing away.

I had an assortment of drinks as well:

Ready to go

I had Virgil’s Orange Cream Soda, Izze Grapefruit soda, Old Dominion Root Beer (It’s made with honey! And it’s ironically listed on their beer list even though it’s non-alcoholic.), Sprite (Jamison’s drink of choice as of late), lemonade, unsweet green ice tea and of course water. We had some Corona, hard lemonade and hard limeade in the fridge, but we ended up not diving in to that.

We had a buffet style set up with fruit, veggies, hamburgers and toppings, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans and chips:

Waiting on the hamburgers and hot dogs

And for dessert we had homemade ice cream and hot fudge sauce! Which are both just perfect on a hot, hazy day like yesterday! We had a very pleasant day. I hope your afternoon was as fabulous as ours!

Now let’s talk a little vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce!

What You’ll Need for the Ice Cream:
1 quart of heavy cream
1 quart of half and half
1 half gallon of whole milk
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups of organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla powder
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
6 egg yolks

In a large stock pot stir together cream, half and half, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, sugar, vanilla powder and vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat stirring often and let the mixture become hot. Be careful, you don’t want this to boil or scald.

When the milk is hot, ladle out some of the hot mixture into a bowl with your egg yolks whisking quickly to temper the eggs. Add this mixture back to the pot and whisk constantly until the mixture becomes slightly thick.

Remove mixture from heat and run through a sieve several times to make sure there are no lumpy egg bits. Cool mixture completely. Overnight is best.

Once mixture is completely chilled add to a large ice cream maker and set according to your ice cream makers instructions.

Notes: I had a bit of the custard mixture left over when I made the ice cream. I’m going to use my small Cuisinart ice cream maker to freeze the rest.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream With Hot Fudge Sauce

What You’ll Need for the Hot Fudge Sauce:
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate
4 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of evaporated milk
1 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

In a medium sized pot melt chocolate and butter together until completely melted. Slowly add milk and sugar and stir until mixed.

Bring to a slow boil and cook stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Use to top ice cream or any other way you would use chocolate syrup.

Notes: This is the hot fudge sauce that my mom used to make. It brings back so many memories of my childhood all with one little taste!

Cocktail Time: Creamsicle Martini

Creamsicle Martini

Last month Lex’s Brownie troop had a Friday night activity at a Paint Your Own Pottery studio. There is a restaurant up the street from the studio that is one of my favorites in the area and since she was to be occupied for a few hours we thought we’d make a date night out of it after we dropped her off with her troop.

After I figured out what I wanted from the menu I was perusing their drink menu and they had so many different varieties I wanted to try, one of which was a Creamsicle Martini. That night I ended up trying their Lemon Drop Martini and their Chocolate Martini, but the Creamsicle variety kept popping in to my head. The description of the drink was intriguing, and it mentioned the addition of whipped cream vodka. Whipped cream vodka? I had never heard of it! It sounded too good to be true! So after that night I started asking around to see if anyone had ever heard of it. I didn’t find anyone in my immediate acquaintance that had in fact heard of such a delight. I wasn’t deterred though and decided to see if anyone in our area carried this mysterious vodka.

The next time I was on the other side of town I stopped by the liquor store, which ironically is across the parking lot from a very popular local church. One of the doctor’s at our doctor’s office, who actually attends to the church, jokingly refers to their church “the liquor store church”, which is neither here nor there at the moment, but amused me greatly.

Anyway……

When I went in I not only found the whipped cream vodka, but I also found that the same company made a cotton candy variety as well, which you’ll hear more about in the future I am sure. Needless to say both bottles made it home with me and I was happy to discover that both of them taste great alone, but why would I want to stop there?

A few nights ago I decided to play around with the whipped cream vodka and see if I couldn’t come up with a creamsicle martini of my own and I was completely satisfied with what came about. This has a similar taste to those creamsicle bars some of enjoyed as children, but it most definitely has that adult kick that makes it a fabulous martini. Trust me, if you like orange, this is the drink for you!

What You’ll Need Per Person:
1 bottle of Izze Sparkling Clementine fruit soda
~OR~
1 cup of tangerine juice with 1/2 cup of club soda or seltzer
~AND~
2 shots of whipped cream vodka
1 shot of vanilla vodka
A generous dollop of whipped cream

In a martini or cocktail shaker add all ingredients minus the whipped cream and shake well. If you don’t store your vodka in the freezer you’ll want to add some ice cubes too to chill the mixture.

Pour the mixture into a glass and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Serve immediately.

Creamsicle Martini

Notes: There are so many possibilities with this drink. If you like you can mix the whipped cream in to the drink before drinking, or you can simply leave it at the top. I’ve tried it both ways and it’s fabulous either way.

As I mentioned before if you don’t have or can’t find the Izze Clementine soda then you can simply use tangerine juice and mix in club soda. It has the same effect, though it does change the taste slightly, but either way you won’t be disappointed with the overall result.

You could also add the zest of an orange on the whipped cream topping the drink, or an orange slice to add a little pizazz.