Hello Spring! Or is it? In some parts of the world, seasons start on the first day of the month. Australia is one of them but if we stay true to the dates and follow dates that Earth passes four special points in its orbit about the Sun, the Spring starts on the 23rd of September. Technically, we are still in the winter season! Sad news to many but good news to many hayfever sufferers like myself. But actually it doesn’t really matter, my hayfever season has started for me…. Let’s hope this season ain’t as bad last year.
Heading into Spring means warmer weather and that means one thing for me – Ice Cream season! I do own a little Snowy. It was a present for our engagement many moons ago and has served as well. It has served as well but when the opportunity came from Kitchenware Direct to pick an appliance to play with, I had no hesitation in saying that I would like an ice cream maker to play with.
This is my brand new Cuisinart ice cream maker that works also as a yoghurt and sorbet maker. It does churn really well and you need to make sure that the bowl is frozen for at least 24 hours. It has great reviews on the website. To learn more, there is a new feature on the site where you can ask other customers questions regarding a specific product. To do that, simply go to the product page and click on ‘Ask people who bought this’. You can also see previous answers. Very useful feature.
Psst – It is now on sale for $139 and anything over $100 is free shipping!
I had some great suggestions from my Facebook fanpage. Here are some of the suggestions and I do intend to get through some on this list:
- Chilli chocolate (extra hot?)
- Caramel or honeycomb
- Rum and raisin
- Green tea
- Caramel and banana
- Burnt fig and caramel
What do you think of this list? Do you have a personal favourite? And it seems that caramel is really popular. And if some do recall, I did have an attempt in making a salted caramel and candied bacon ice cream. I do love candied and crunchy bits. I decided that I had to make the eggless version of maple and candied walnut ice cream. And can I suggest that make more candied walnuts than what the recipe had indicated. It is for personal consumption and so super yummy.
I love this ice cream. The maple flavour is just so beautiful. The candied walnut not only brought a nice crunch and moreish to this ice cream but it added a feeling of “warmth” and homey-ness.
More ice cream porn photos.
Recipe adapted from Ice Cream by Coco Cake
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk (10% milk fat)
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- I whole vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 170C degrees. On baking sheet, lay a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle walnuts evenly. Toast walnuts in oven, 6-8 minutes, watching carefully so they don’t burn
- Remove walnuts, let cool
- Place 1 cup of sugar in a heavy bottomed pan. Heat on medium high until golden, beginning to bubble and liquefying. Stir gently to ensure all sugar melts and liquifies
- Once liquified, add in toasted walnuts into melted sugar and coat walnuts completely. Mix it up. Pour mixture back onto same piece of parchment paper, spread out with spatula and let cool
- Once cool, place in food processor and pulse until pieces become smaller, or you can place brittle in a ziploc bag and beat it with a rolling pin…
In medium sized pot, heat 1 cup of heavy cream and maple syrup on low until combined. Add the rest of the heavy cream, milk, scraped vanilla bean and pod and salt and mix until combined
- Cover and chill mixture, 1 hour in freezer or 3-4 hours in fridge
- Pour into ice cream maker and churn it up according to ice cream maker’s instructions. I churned it for 25 minutes. At the last minute, pour in candied walnut pieces and churn for 30 seconds or so until combined. Just remember to leave different size bits for later sprinkling or topping
- Freeze and when ready, scoop out and enjoy!
And one last photo! So great to have photos taken in natural outdoor light. Also great that the weather is cool enough not to melt the ice cream too quickly.
Do you have a favourite ice cream or sorbet flavour? Please do share
Many thanks to Kitchenware Direct for the awesome ice cream maker. My new favourite toy!