I scream, you scream…

I love ice cream, I have always loved ice cream, I will always love ice cream.  You cannot go wrong with a smooth creamy sweet treat!  However sugar is not our friend as most everyone knows.  I do not have issues with the fat, as long as you use a healthy fat.  Raw milk and cream would be the best and farm fresh eggs.  If that is not available I will go with a vat pasturized non-homogenized variety.  (For more information on the benefits of milk see  www.realmilk.com/what.html.)  In Iowa raw milk sales are not legal so unless you have access to your own cow it’s much more difficult to get a hold of.  I buy good quality non-homogenized from a local dairy farm.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream

I made both a chocolate and vanilla ice cream for Sloane’s birthday party (forgive the insane red in the picture, I didn’t set up the shot for lack of time as I usually would).  Being about 28 weeks pregnant I am having issues with blood sugars and though I have not officially done my glucose test yet I had diabetes while pregnant with Sloane.  So I am watching my sugars this time too.  I made my ice cream with a combination of coconut sugar (which has a lower glycemic index and more healthy benefits, see here) and stevia.  Farm fresh eggs and egg yolks for extra protein as well.  I need to balance my food as much as possible and I need vast amounts of protein to help stave off pre-eclampsia.

So let me share my recipes, such as they are.  I use a Cuisinart style ice cream maker, only it’s a knock off brand.  Simple to use, you just freeze the container in a deep freeze set it in the base and poor in your mix.  In about 20 minutes to half an hour your ice cream is usually done.  So I’ll share my favorite first, it’s like having a rich chocolate truffle and what I like about these recipes is though I cook the milk I don’t cook the cream in with the egg yolk mixture.  The less I cook my milk and cream the better as I want as much of the natural qualities of it is as possible.  I also used the smallest amount of sugars possible.

French Chocolate Truffle

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 2/3 C. whole milk
  • 1/4-1/2 C. coconut sugar
  • 6 or so drops of dark colored stevia liquid, you might want this to taste
  • 1/3 C. cocoa powder, use a good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 C. cream

Whisk together the egg yolks, milk and sugars.  Cook over medium low heat until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.  I have read some recipes that tell you not to heat over 170 degrees, if you would like to check this way.  Just don’t let it bubble over as you will ruin your mixture.  Add your cocoa powder and whisk in over low heat until well mixed.  Once mixture cools completely add your vanilla and 2 cups of cream.  Chill overnight or up to 24 hours.  Add to your ice cream maker and follow the directions.

Vanilla Bean

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 C. whole milk
  • 1/4 of a vanilla bean
  • 1/4-1/2 C. coconut sugar, to your taste
  • 6 or more drops of clear stevia
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 C. cream

Whisk together your egg yolks, milk and sugars.  Slice the vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds, add the bean and seeds to the mixture to amalgamate while you cook.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.  Remove from heat and cool completely.  Add your vanilla extract and cream and combine well.  Chill overnight or for 24 hours.  Discard vanilla bean and add to your ice cream maker per makers directions.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  And for my favorite Farscape ice cream quote to leave you with “Savage, I know almost every food in the galaxy–I have no idea what this iza’s scream IS!”  Spoken by Rygel.

2 Comments

  1. Jessica Says:

    YUM! I’m coming over!
    It is crazy how some things are legal in some states and not in others … the raw milk thing for you, and the whole home birth in nebraska … plus who knows what else on top of gay marriage, lol.

    -muffy

  2. S. E. Clark Says:

    Yeah it is I hear they police the raw milk sales pretty well here too. I’m just glad midwifery isn’t so tough here as it is in Nebraska. Do you know if raw milk is legal in Nebraska? Well the sell of it anyway, not consumption. They actually sell it in some grocery stores in California, pretty amazing.

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