What do you do with chocolate cookies and ice cream? Make an ice cream sandwich of course! Coincidentally, on July 4th a few years ago, we were driving downtown to see the city's fireworks display on the St. Johns River like we did every year, and Matt starts talking about how he really wants an ice cream cookie sandwich. Christopher contributes to the conversation in the car and says he has never eaten one. We were so flabbergasted that we had not enlightened our son on this frozen blessing of a treat that we began hunting for them. We had stopped in a few places, but they were no where to be found. Alas, we decided to head to our spot by the river in front of the Hyatt hotel. I believe we had run into the hotel for a potty break, and there was a lonely convenience-store style freezer with the sliding lids and a heavenly light shining down on it. There happened to be exactly three chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. It was like a small prayer had been answered. So here we are in 2017 making our own!
I possess neither and ice cream churn nor an ice cream freezer. So, I googled how to make ice cream without a churn and this recipe appeared like magic. And I had all of the ingredients on hand. Being that it's a very simple recipe I decided that a homemade topping was in order. For this I made a delicious caramel orange recipe that I glommed from the charter issue of Milk Street Magazine. For now I'm sharing just the ice cream recipe because I'm too lazy to type up both recipes. Perhaps mid-week I'll decide not to be lazy and share it. For now you get this:
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
1. If using vanilla bean, slice the pod in half lengthwise with a paring knife and scrape the seeds out using the dulled edge of the knife. Add the vanilla bean seeds or extract and the sweetened condensed milk in a small bowl and stir to combine.
2. Add heavy cream to a mixing bowl and whip on high for several minutes until stiff peaks form. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the vanilla mixture to the heavy cream. Once combined, pour into a freezer-safe container and freeze at least six hours to overnight.
Took a drive Thursday evening to have a "little" ice cream sundae. And I didn't even get the biggest one available.. My sundae was pretty yummy. Ice cream, hot fudge. whipped cream, cherry on top. But what was unique. other than the oh so polite service? They toast almonds and sprinkle them on top. Really made a huge difference
Randy had a mountain of ice cream with a raspberry sauce. I'm pretty sure he ate all of it.
Leatherby's Family Creamery is a locally owned ice cream shop. Interestingly another Christian owned business. So another bonus.
For more information on Leatherby's and their story click the link below
Note to self.. Get the small next time
Leatherby's has several locations. Below is the map to the Sacramento location
Good choice this week by Nikita. Perfect time for ice cream
Well the husband and I will finally be moving into our home. (Yay!) However we will more than likely not have internet for about a week (Boooo!!) So I will post as I can.
Until then.. I pray everyone is enjoying their summer so far.
Nikita, Amy and Georgia
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