The summer heat has come early this year. The sweltering temperatures has blanketed Manila, making the sales of summer shorts and sunglasses on the sidewalk a brisk business. And of course, ice cream. Luscious ice cream. By the pint or by the gallon, ice cream always hits the spot. You go to your favorite grocery and pick up a tub, but the flavors are all, how would you say, generic? Expected? Great tasting ice cream should you crave for it would either be made of the same mould or extremely expensive. Wouldn't it be great if we could make our own ice cream? With the flavours we want and with the ingredients that are in season. The following recipe allows us to just do that. We really do not need complicated ice cream machines. Nor flex our arm muscles to churn out the dessert. All we need is a good backpack, 30 minutes of jogging, and a dose of creativity. Serves 2.
The Basic Ice Cream
1/2 Cup fresh milk
1/2 Cup Anchor Cream 35%
1/4 Cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 small Ziploc bag that can hold the above ingredients
1 bigger Ziplog Bag to hold the smaller bag and the next ingredients
5 Cups crushed ice
1/2 Cup rock salt
Place fresh milk, cream, sugar and vanilla in the smaller Ziploc bag. Seal securely.
Place the sealed bag into the larger Ziploc bag, and pour in the ice and salt.
Seal the larger bag securely.
Now the fun part. Place bag in your backpack, and go for a run around your neighborhood in the morning.
The jogging will churn the mixture in the subzero temperature Ziploc bag.
After 30 minutes, pour the now soft ice cream into a container for consumption. Place in freezer and let set for 2 hours.
Now this recipe is a base. What can we add to it to make it different? Here are a few suggestions:
Ripe mango - it is in season. It is sweet. Just add half a mango into the mix
Oreo - of course. Why not? Crush maybe 4-5 pieces and add to the bag.
Balsamic strawberry - add 1/2 C crushed strawberries and 1 tablespoon of Modena Balsamic Vinegar. The sweetness of the straberry will contrast the tangy flavor of the vinegar. Yummy
Banana with cinnamon - add 1 pc banana sliced and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Apple and mint - Run peeled apple and fresh mint leaves through a blender before adding to the mix
Dublin mudslide - add 2 tablespoons Bailey's Irish cream and 1/4 Cup chocolate chips
Java fix - add two doses of strong espresso and 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Honey - I prefer Palawan honey. Just add 1/3 cup
Cherry - add 3 table spoons of cherry syrup
Blueberry - add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Grape - run 1 Cup fresh graped through a blender. Add 1/4 cup Chianti. Yes. Chianti. Italian red. You can't miss on this one.
Can you think of any other flavor?