Oh balls! Chill out with some ice cream!

July 25, 2011

Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style

Whoa! Summer is almost ending! After two months-silence I think I should update you guys…

We sold our old apartment!! (yay, fantastic!)

And at the moment we are (still) in this quest to find a new home for us… we must leave this place before July ends… or in other words this week . *sigh*

(Wish us luck? Yes?) ♡

It has been very hot around here lately… and I am living in this sea of moving boxes. Sorting things, packing and getting crazy O_O.

Ah well… nothing beats the heat and the heavy moods like a good and delicious cone/bowl/*whole batch* of ice cream right? :) Specially when the ice cream is self made and easy to prepare…

I made two types of ice cream for our monthly Twitter Food Party in July. The “party” happens every month on its last Monday and is organized by a group of friends on twitter. Everyone can participate! If you have a twitter account, just post a picture of the month theme dish using the hash tags #twitterfoodparty and #twittericecreamparty. Very simple and without any stress ^__^.

As we are having this dysfunctional life, I can’t spend as much time in the kitchen as I wished (and love) to. To prepare the ice creams I used two recipes from the ice cream bible “The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz (If you don’t have it yet and you are super interested about making your own frozen delights, this cookbook is the best!). Two Philadelphia-Style ice creams = no eggs, no custard, less work (score!)

Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style

Vanilla Ice cream, Philadelphia-Style

makes about 1L

  • 2 cups heavy cream (750ml)
  • ¾ cup sugar (150g)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract (I used NoMU vanilla paste)

Pour 250ml of the cream into a medium saucepan and add the sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the saucepan and add the pod to the pot. Warm over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and add the remaining cream and the vanilla extract.

Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator (I left it overnight)

When ready to churn, remove the vanilla pod (reserve the bean for another use), then freeze the mixture in your ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


Chocolate Ice cream, Philadelphia Style

makes about 1 L

  • 2 ¼ cups heavy cream (560ml)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (50g, I used Valrhona cocoa powder)
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped (170g)
  • 1 cup whole milk (250ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used NoMU vanilla paste)

Whisk together the cream, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it comes to a full, rolling boil (it will start to foam up). Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until it’s completely melted, then whisk in the milk and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend for 30 seconds, until very smooth.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then churn it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Philadelphia-Style

I let my 4yo daughter decorate her portion with some sprinkles. Isn’t this cute? She put chocolate crispies on the top of the chocolate ice cream and hundreds and thousands sprinkles over the vanilla one ^_^.

From both ice creams, they loved the chocolate one the most. Wah, they really enjoy dark chocolate, just like their mama!

Happy Summer everyone! Wish you all a great time and lots of ice cream :). Hope to start blogging again when we settle down ;), see you then!


This post was written by karaimame exclusively for Acquiring Taste. All writing, images and other materials in this blog remain the property of Acquiring Taste and cannot be used without permission.






12 Responses to “Oh balls! Chill out with some ice cream!”

  1. Great photos. Always love your posts :)

  2. Akemi Says:

    Saudades, Lily-chan! Sei bem o que é a loucura de mudança, não sei o que é pior que empacotar ou desempacotar! rsss Mas espero que tudo trascorra bem e o menos estressante possível! Aqui nosso inverno está bem brasileiro, fez alguns dias frios e agora o calor voltou! Uma taça deste sorvete cairia super bem neste momento! Vejo muitas receitas deste livro do David Lebovitz pela blogosfera afora, preciso providenciar meu exemplar com tantos avalistas de categoria!
    Bjsss e se cuidem!

  3. Lia Chen Says:

    Yummy ice cream! I would love to have the vanila one, please hehehe …. So glad to see your post again. Hope and pray for you that you will find a new place very soon. Be patient and don’t be too stressful *big hug* (^.^)

  4. sheri Says:

    Gorgeous!! LOVE it!! And big big big congrats!!!
    Dark dark chocolate is THE BEST!

  5. Chantale Says:

    Mm, it’s been 2 weeks of endless frozen custard and milkshakes for us.. these ice cream scoops look amazingly yummy! Congrats on selling your place! I’m hoping, since I’m really late on commenting, that you are now nestled and resting in your new place! Hope you’re okay and doing well my amiga.. miss you. xo

  6. karaimame Says:

    Chantale amiga! Aw… how I miss Summer! Our summer went so fast… not much we enjoyed considering the moving craziness… ah well.
    Hope you are ok too! Big smooch to the princess!

  7. karaimame Says:

    Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! ^_^

  8. karaimame Says:

    Thank you Lia! See… It is more than two months and only now I reply the comments… bad bad me.
    And one vanilla ice-cream on your way!!

  9. karaimame Says:

    Akemi-chan, obrigada! Ainda estamos nesta bagunça da mudança! Montanhas de cacarecos esperando serem arrumados… afe, nem pensei que fosse tao complicado! Acho que se tivessemos mudado para um lugar maior nao teria tanto problema :P.
    Ah! E esse livro do Lebovitz é muito bom mesmo, já fiz várias receitas dele e tenho ainda muitas outras marcadas para fazer….
    Beijoooo, estou com saudades da blogosfera!

  10. karaimame Says:

    Silver dear! So glad to see you here! I am so so sorry I´ve been absent lately in the blogosphere! Thank you for your sweet comment ^_^

  11. Mack Says:

    Both recipes sound delicious! I can’t wait to try the vanilla one, I have yet to find any really good icecream recipes for my icecream maker!

  12. karaimame Says:

    Oh please try the recipe then! It is super easy and fast… no messing with custard at all ;)
    Thank you for your visit and welcome!

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