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Getting Around

Frozen Custard

There are lots of ice cream recipes in the world. This is what I use because I prefer the richer taste of custard. What makes this "custard" is that it has eggs in it. It's basically a thin pudding that you freeze.

You can add anything to this to make your favorite flavors. 1/2 C of Cherry Jam makes this Cherry Custard. A chopped up banana and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and you have a desert that tastes like a combination of coconut and banana cream pie. Wait until near the end of the freezing process, drop in a 1/2 C of drained maraschino cherries and you have Whitehouse. Experiment. Even your failures will be great. Enjoy.

  • 2 C 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 T butter
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 T honey
  • 3 T cornstarch or tapioca flour/starch
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Mix 1/2 and 1/2, milk, cornstarch, sugar, salt and butter in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. The mixture will thicken. Turn off the heat.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs until light yellow. Temper the eggs, then combine with the main body of the cream mixture.

Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring the custard barely to a simmer (do NOT boil hard) and hold there as it thickens (about 30 seconds or so). It will coat the back of a spoon. Take off the heat. Cool for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla.

Put in a bowl in the refrigerator for a few hours (at least 4 is best, but if you can't wait, get it as cold as you can as quickly as you can), although overnight is best. Stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming, or to mix back in if you get one. (A skin on this won't kill you, just some textural interest).

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to your maker's directions.

This makes about a quart of frozen custard once you add any flavors, and works well in my one quart Krups ice cream maker. I just got a great deal on a Cuisinart 2 qt. ice cream maker. I multiplied the recipe by 1 1/2, and it worked great.

Why not multiply by two you ask? Running the ice cream maker at full capacity pushes it AND sometimes, if the custard mix wasn't cold enough OR I was sloppy with measuring and made a little too much OR I added to many extra little yummies, it would not freeze completely before the ice cream maker had given up its full cold. The mix finishes up fine in the freezer, but I'm finding that if I make it easier on the machine, the ice cream/custard is just that much better.

Flavor ideas:

  • Before the custard is cooled, add 1 banana and 1/2 cup of coconut and combine in either a blender or a food processor. Let it finish cooling. This banana-coconut flavor tastes like a cross between a coconut cream and a banana cream pie.
  • 1/3 C of any strong flavored jam or jelly (cherry, peach, apricot) will give you that flavor of ice cream.

Options

  • I just made the recipe with 2 C of milk and 1 C of 1/2 and 1/2 and 2 T of tapioca starch (instead of the cornstarch). Lower fat, cheaper and it seems to taste just about the same...meaning excellent. A little less rich, but still plenty good.

Tapioca starch (or flour) has less "flavor" than either corn starch or flour and thickens at a lower temperature, as long as you don't cook the heck out of it, which we are definitely avoiding in this recipe. This, by the way, is NOT instant tapioca, the little granules used for thickening pies and puddings, but a powder. I found mine in with the specialty flours (soy flour, rice flour) or it might be with the other thickeners (corn starch, arrowroot).

Alternate technique

  • I just did the recipe with 2 cups of milk (no 1/2 and 1/2). Then, when everything is cool, just before putting it into the freezing unit, I whipped 1 C of whipping cream and folded it into the custard. Yeah, it's more work, but the final custard has more air in it and so is lighter. And it melts on your tongue nicely.
  • Another alternate when you're not in a hurry, but don't want to be so fussy. Just mix everything except for the vanilla into a pan, whisking all the ingredients together. Put on low heat. Stir occasionally until it thickens. Add the vanilla after you have taken the custard off the heat for ten minutes or so. This method works because you are heating it so slowly; eggs tend not to curdle when you heat them slowly. It takes a while, but if you are already futzing around in the kitchen, this is a good way to get the custard done without having to pay it a lot of attention.

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