Ice Cream has been my Achilles’ Heel. I’m not sure if that’s the correct comparison but the first time I made ice cream was Dorie’s Honey Peach Ice Cream. Sure it looked fantastic, but the taste. Bleah. It ended up having a filmy feel to it. When I washed the spoon I tasted it with, it felt like washing butter off the spoon. Is homemade ice cream supposed to taste like that? I don’t think so. So when I saw the Vanilla Ice Cream pick, I approached it very cautiously. I even thought of skipping it this week. I procrastinated until the last minute and finally made the custard last night. I woke up early this morning to put the custard in the ice cream maker. (I hope I didn’t wake the neighbors – who knew the ice cream machine maker would be noisy? I didn’t remember that part…sorry neighbors!) And look, my post is late in the day because I feel soo ambivalent about it.
Everything went according to plan. I even used the Playing Around section for once and decided to make Cinnamon Ice Cream, being that I love everything cinnamon and all. 1 T of cinnamon is a LOT of cinnamon, even for a cinnamon lover like me! The egg mixture was pretty brown and I was wondering if my cinnamon/vanilla ice cream would end up looking like mud.
Of course I had problems with the custard. I overcooked it. Sheesh. I totally forgot to get a new instant read thermometer so had to rely on my eyes to see when the custard would coat the spoon. Did I tell you that I have very bad eyesight? Even with my contacts in, I couldn’t spot it soon enough so I ended up with lumpy custard. I was hoping the ice cream maker would make it nice and lumpless…
Well, it looked like ice cream when the maker was done with it. But so did the Honey Peach Ice Cream and look how that turned out! I took a small taste because Cinnamon Ice Cream early in the morning is too much even for me. And I could swear that there was a filmy taste to it. I’ll find out for sure later tonight but I’m not hopeful. What am I doing WRONG?? I know it must be my lack of custard making skills, but PLEASE, isn’t there an ice cream recipe that doesn’t require a custard base? PLEASE? So far I’m 0 for 2 and soo sad because I LOVE ice cream! I haven’t purchased The Perfect Scoop because I don’t want to keep making throw-away ice cream! HELP!
UPDATE: I tried the Cinnamon Ice Cream for dessert last night. And there was a little film left on the spoon but there wasn’t a filmy taste left in my mouth! Amazing. So it appears that I did improve a little with this ice cream, but not enough! I don’t want any film period! =) There’s hope yet!
Last Week: Raspberry Blanc-Manger
Next Week: Classic Banana Bundt Cake