We've been doing a little bit of at home treat making:
Vanilla Ice Cream
This was our first experiment with ice cream - and I'm incredibly pleased with the results! I don't know if it's much cheaper than buying prepackaged - but I still love being able to make things at home and having control over the ingredients!
edit: oops! the recipe!
This recipe was for my vintage handcrank machine - but I ran it through our new electric model (long story) and it came out great!
Basic Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups light cream
4 tablespoons vanilla
Scald milk. Add sugar and salt to milk and stir until dissolved. Add cream. Stir in vanilla. Cool over night in fridge. Turn into freezer and freeze per manufacturer's directions.
Makes 2 quarts.
:was going to take a picture, but didn't have my camera - and then the boys ate it all! Next time, promise! Next up, chocolate ice cream:
Great on ice cream or for chocolate milk! It does have a bit of sugar - you could experiment to see what works for you. Maybe try some xylitol in place of the sugar? Also, the syrup does come out a little thin. It doesn't bother me, but you could probably thicken it up with some corn syrup.
1 cup of cocoa powder
1.5 cups sugar
dash of salt
1.5 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix in sauce pan. Boil 3-5 minutes, sauce will thicken slightly. Keep in fridge. I'm not sure exactly how long the shelf life is but I kept our last batch in the fridge almost 2 months before it ran out, and it was still good.
:Picture is from last batch, but you get the idea!:
Strawberry Yogurt Pops
Not really a recipe, more of an idea. We've been making our own popsicles all summer (again, it's fun, cheap and I can control what goes in!) So this past week we pureed up some vanilla yogurt and strawberries that were frozen back in June. That's what that the picture was in the weekend review - poured them into our molds and froze away!
Quick, easy, healthy, cold(!) snack!
They were a bit too yogurty and thick. So next time I would use more berries and less yogurt (I didn't measure, I used the bottom of a large carton - maybe a cup? And about the same in berries) Or maybe thin it with milk or cream? Can you freeze cream? Or pudding! Yum. I think pudding.