Amazing Whisky and Chocolate Ice Cream

A few weeks ago we finally bought an ice cream maker and googled hundreds of recipes trying to decide which one to make first… While googling, I looked up at our whisky collection and immediately knew that our first ice cream should contain one of our many delicious whiskies. Then I started googling and whisky ice cream and found a recipe that both looked and sounded delicious.

Then the next question popped up…. which one of our many delicious whiskies should be used?? We ended up using a 14 year old Bowmore with a soft smoky taste which compliments the dark Amedei chocolate pieces perfectly.
Knowing just a bit about whisky you might find it odd that we have chosen to use a quite expensive whisky, but as the whisky taste is very intense in this ice cream we find it important to use a good quality whisky 🙂

If you wonder whether you can serve this ice cream to people who do not enjoy whisky due to the strong liquor taste, I can tell you that neither of my parent drink whisky – or any other strong liquors for that matter – and they LOVE this recipe. We have only had the ice cream maker for a few weeks, and they have already ordered a second portion 😀 So there is no excuse not to try it!!

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

2 cups cream

2/5 cup whole milk

2/3 cup condensed milk

4 tbsp. malt whisky

2 vanilla pods, seeds

1 cup dark quality chocolate

 

Whip the cream until it is light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate and fold with a spatula until combined.

Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and let it run for approximately 20 minutes. Chop the chocolate and add it after 15 minutes.

Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and place it in the freezer until serving 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

5 dl cream

1 dl whole milk

200 g condensed milk

4 tbsp. malt whisky

2 vanilla pods, seeds

120 g dark quality chocolate

Raspberry Yoghurt Ice Cream

Almost everyone we know LOVES ice cream and could eat it every day if possible 🙂 But we also know that most ice creams contain a large amount of fat which we try to avoid in our everyday cooking.

Instead of dropping the everyday ice cream, you can choose a variation which is both tasty and much less fatty: yoghurt ice cream. The yoghurt chosen for this ice cream contains 0.5% fat but many recipes use Greek Yoghurt with 2-10% fat, so the choice of yoghurt is only a matter of taste. I used a low fat variation, as it is the yoghurt I eat for breakfast every day and had some leftovers.

The raspberries are from our own garden and has a fabulous combination of both sweets and sour flavours. I only use the raspberry juice, as I hate getting the small cores between my teeth, but once again it is a matter of taste!

Hope that you will find this ice cream as delicious as we do 🙂

Ingredients (4 servings)

2 cups raspberries

1 1/3 cup yoghurt, natural

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1/5 cup water

Blend the berries and strain the juice through a strainer. Fold the juice into the yoghurt and set a side while preparing the rest.

Place water and sugar in a sauce pan bring to a boil. Let boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Whisk the egg yolks together. Slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the egg yolks under intense whisking and keep whisking until the mixture is thick and light yellow (like eggnog).

Pour the mixture into the yoghurt and stir until combined. Pour into your ice cream maker and let run for 40-45 minutes. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serve for brunch with honey roasted nuts and fresh berries or for dessert after a heavy dinner.

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Ingredients (4 servings)

250 g raspberries

3 dl yougurt, natural

4 egg yolks

120 g sugar

0.5 dl water

Cuban Rum Ice Cream

We have wanted an ice cream maker for years, but Chris has been reluctant to let me as he claimed that he was not a huge fan of ice cream (the reason is that he is cheap 😉 ) Then one day I decided that now was the time to buy one and take the consequence if he god mad (I served the first ice cream and waited for his opinion before telling him that I had bought it, and he loved it)! So I began to search the web to find out which model to choose and on top of the wishlist was a Gelatissimo Exclusive but it is quite expensive and as we are planning some life changing events which quite certainly will be very expensive, I decided to choose an cheaper model.

We have had a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for several year and we use it almost every day – couldn’t live without it! Searching the web for reviews of Kitchen Aids ice cream maker I found mixed opinions but an old colleague of mine have spoken very well about, and I therefore chose to buy it and test it for myself (the price was of cause a huge part of the decision). This Cuban rum ice cream is my third ice cream and I must admit that I am very happy with the result and feel that Kitchen Aids ice cream maker is very good taking the price into consideration.

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Ingredients (6 servings)

2 cups cream

2/5 cup whole milk

2/3 cup condensed milk

2 vanille pods, seeds

4 tbsp. Cuban Rum

 

Dark Quality Chocolate for topping

 

Whip the cream until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients and and whisk to combine. Pour into your ice cream maker and let it run for approximately 20 minutes or until it tells you that the ice cream is finished. Serve immediately if you want a soft ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and freeze. We always freeze the ice cream for 2-4 hours before serving as we like the consistency to more firm than soft ice, but it is a only a matter of taste 🙂

Serve after a good dinner with a glass of rum 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

5 dl cream

1 dl whole milk

200 g condensed milk

2 vanilla pods, seeds

4 tbsp. Cuban Rum

Mom’s Blackberry Jam

Every single year since I can remember, my parents have gathered blackberries to make jam for the rest of the year. This year I insisted on going with them on one of their trips, as I did when I was a child.

We went to one of their secret blackberry spots and within 40 minutes we had gathered 11.2 oz of delicious blackberries 🙂 As they has already been out twice within the last week (with a total gathering of 36 oz), I took home all the berries and began thinking of different way to use them. My parents made jam out of their HUGE portion and gave to the neighbor family who LOVE it (we have received several pictures of babies (and their parents) with jam all over the face).

As other people often have different and/or great ideas, I asked followers on our Facebook site and as expected they came with a dozen of great ideas. Besides this delicious jam recipe, I have decided to make blackberry vinegar, blackberry liqueur, blackberry vodka, blackberry ice cream and the rest went into the freezer for smoothies or cupcakes 🙂

Has anyone of you been on blackberry hunt this summer??

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Ingredients

2 cups blackberries

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

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Place all the blackberries and the lemon juice in a saucepan. Let stand at medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring every other second minute so all berries get warm. It should end up looking like the picture below.IMG_0992

Add the sugar, combine and remove from the heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. It takes 5-7 minutes of constant stirring. Using a wooden spoon, you can feel when the sugar has dissolved. You can stop stirring when the ‘crunchy’ feeling of sugar is gone.IMG_0993

Transfer to a clean jar, close the lid and refrigerate immediately. Use within 3-4 weeks.

If you want it to last longer (if you make a large portion to last until next blackberry season), you can add a teaspoon of liquid preservatives just before you pour it into the jar.

Serve with pancakes, breakfast rolls, ice cream or use it when making sauces 🙂IMG_0999

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Ingredients

500 g blackberries

280 g sugar

1/2 lemon, juice

Italian Ricotta Ice Cream with Chocolate and Roasted Almonds

Last night we were having guest for dinner and I had been speculating for days about what dessert to serve. Normally I would have baked a cake, as they are some of my greatest cake fans :-D, but it has been quite warm these past days so I wanted to make something more refreshing.

Then one evening when I turned on the TV, I turned passed a channel showing Italian women and their childhood recipes. One of the recipes was this ricotta ice cream with roasted almonds and chocolate and I immediately knew, what I was going to make 😀

It turned out to be great, but I must admit that it would have been better, had I made it on an ice cream machine – but that is still on the ‘to-buy-list’, so I will have to settle with the old freezer method for a while yet :-/ So if you have an ice cream machine, you should use that, but this method can be used as well!

 

Ingredients (8 servings)

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup cream

4 tbsp. cane sugar

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup quality chocolate 70%, preferably Amedei Toscano Black

20 cherries

20 strawberries

10 raspberries

 

Roast the almonds on a dry pan at medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. The almonds a ready when you can begin to smell a nutty aroma in the kitchen. Set a side to cool down.

Chop the roasted almonds and the chocolate into medium sized chunks (or what ever you prefer).

Place ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add sugar and stir again until the sugar has dissolved – it takes a few minutes. Set aside.

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Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks. Be very careful not to over-whisk it, as it might ruin the end result.

Carefully turn the whipped cream into the ricotta and fold until evenly combined. Then add the chopped chocolate and almonds and fold again.IMG_0411 IMG_0412 IMG_0413

Cover a springform pan with plastic wrap and make sure that it covers the sides too.

Pour the ricotta cream into the form and cover with yet a layer of plastic wrap. Make sure that the plastic wrap lies down close to the ricotta mass and up the sides of the form.

Freeze for at least 12 hours before serving. IMG_0414 IMG_0415 IMG_0416

Take the ricotta ice cream out of the freezer approximately 10 minutes before serving. Remove both the form and the plastic wrap and place on a cake stand and decorate with cherries, strawberries and a few raspberries.

Serve with a glass of sparkling wine on a hot summer day or a cup of delicious Italian roast espresso on a cold winter day 🙂IMG_0464

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Ingredients (8 servings)

2.5 dl ricotta cheese

2.5 dl cream

4 tbsp. cane sugar

1.25 dl almonds

80 g quality chocolate 70%, preferably Amedei Toscano Black

20 cherries

20 cup strawberries

10 raspberries