“ICE CREAM IS EXQUISITE. WHAT A PITY IT ISN’T ILLEGAL.” Voltaire.
I know what you are thinking. Vanilla ice cream? Really? How exciting can that be??? But sometimes you just have to start with the basics. And this sweet cream ice cream is the perfect canvas for so many creations. There is basically nothing much else in this ice cream but cream and sugar. In the picture, I’ve topped it with some Himalayan Pink Salt. (Yes….call me crazy, but I LOVE salt on my ice cream!!!) And since temperatures reached the low 80’s here in Washington, D.C. today, it seemed like a good way to end my day. I promise that soon, this sweet cream ice cream will make another NOT SO INNOCENT appearance!!! Be on the lookout and read on for the recipe, and to see how I jazzed it up today.
SWEET CREAM ICE CREAM:
3 c heavy cream
3/4 c sugar
pinch of salt
splash of pure vanilla extract (maybe a half a tsp.)
Add 1 cup of cream and 3/4 cup of sugar to a small saucepan. Heat on the stove briefly, stirring just until you feel that all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the other 2 cups of cream, the pinch of salt and the splash of vanilla. Stir and refrigerate for several hours. Then follow your ice cream machines instructions for churning. (Mine is a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream-Sorbet Maker and yields about 6 cups). The ice cream is generally done in about 20 minutes and is more like soft serve if you are like me and have to eat it right away! Otherwise freeze for a couple of hours for a more solid texture.
I generally don’t like to mix a lot of stuff in when I make vanilla or sweet cream ice cream. I like to control what toppings, sauces, flavors I add each time I enjoy a serving. And tonight, I decided to use up some leftovers from the Cherry Cheesecake I made just a few days ago. What I did was to place a few spoonfuls of Cherry Topping ( see Cherry Cheesecake with Chocolate Almond Crust for the recipe) into the bottom of a bowl. I added a scoop of the sweet cream ice cream while it was still a bit soft. I drizzled it with a little Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. And then I topped it with some freshly toasted coconut! It was divine!!!
Some people like breakfast for dinner. For me….well sometimes I like dessert!
I think you will love this ice cream for it’s pure, rich, sweet, creaminess. It’s a good basis for so many other ingredients. But it definitely is an ice cream that can stand just fine on it’s own! Enjoy!