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Ice cream

I spent the better part of yesterday making Neapolitan ice cream in the form of a cake for a family birthday party.





My sis made the birthday cake in the form of the most decadent little mocha-frosted chocolate cupcakes.





All sugared out now.

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str8ontilmornin
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Very nice!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 16th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! I need a food stylist. And one of those squeeze bottles of raspberry sauce. And white plates.

But the main thing was, damn, that vanilla ice cream tasted good. It's a good thing it's a huge hassle to make, or I'd be doomed.
vampirefan
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
omg that looks delicious!!!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 16th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
It was pretty tasty. I had a thin slice and am now kind of wishing I could have another one. Just as well that I can't, I guess, huh?
vchrusch
Mar. 16th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Tasty looking icecream.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it really was a pretty nice treat for everyone.
vchrusch
Mar. 17th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
What kind of ice cream maker did you use?
emeraldsedai
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Super simple--got it at a yard sale last summer for three bucks. Gelato Modo is the brand name, though it seems not to exist in internet universe. Hand-cranked, double-walled bucket with some kind of super-freeze stuff in the cavity between the walls. You just stick it in the freezer overnight to get it ready to use.

After the five dollar Krups espresso maker that I've been using for ten years, it was probably the best yard-sale purchase I ever made.
vchrusch
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Sounds almost exactly like the type of one that I have.

Though the last time I made some ice cream it was at work so I ended up using a couple of stainless steel bowls, a large snow drift, and the fact that it was minus 20 outside at the time.

It was quicker than using the walkin freezer...
emeraldsedai
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Ha! Oh, you clever, clever Canadians.
wedjateye
Mar. 16th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
I can see the fruit! And maybe little vanilla-bean scrapings or seeds... and you are an evil wench because now I'm contemplating learning how to make ice-cream.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 16th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
You can indeed see bits of real strawbs and the vanilla seeds.

Ice cream can be very simple to make. At its heart, it's just milk and cream, sugar and a flavor component. It's the stirring against the icy wall, constantly scraping the frozen layer off and blending it into the mixture until the whole has a smooth, movable, semi-frozen consistency, that takes the time and trouble.

Happly, the icy wall is easily attained with a simple hand-cranked ice cream maker that you stick in the freezer overnight before using.

The result is fresh, more or less wholesome (depending on how you feel about dairy, and whether you use organic, etc.), and generally rather impressive because it's not something most people bother to make themselves.
wedjateye
Mar. 17th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Ahh! Tempt me not!!! I have no tiiiiime!!!!!

Just lots of exclamation points. And gluttony to spare.
pennywhistle
Mar. 17th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Mmm, that looks fantastic!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 17th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I've been craving more ever since. I am saved only by the fact that I resolutely refuse to put my ice-cream maker back in the freezer, so I can't make more on the spur of the moment.
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