Welcome to summer!
First off, Happy Summer everyone! With that official June 21st date came the 90-something degree weather. To kick off the summer, I just got my grades back from this last semester and I got a 4.0 🙂 So my break will be filled with no regrets of what I could have done better in my classes. My next challenge is figuring out what I’m going to do this summer! I’m awful with relaxing, I go crazy and start cleaning/organizing everything.
Some background on why I went crazy baking yesterday. I went to the store and bought eggs. Then my mom went to the store and bought eggs. All of the sudden, the expiration date is approaching and we have 15 eggs left.
First I made Meringues, which were so cute and seemed pretty impossible to mess up, right?
Well of course, they never hardened! I looked back at the recipe and I did everything right. There are basically 2 steps so I don’t know how you can mess this up, but I always manage to find a way ;). BUT I consulted with my sister-in-law and she said that when she makes them, she cooks them at 200 degrees for 3 hours. My recipe said 175 degrees for 1.5 hours. Hmmm….something seems wrong. I think my problem is I trust recipes off the internet way too easily.
To continue on my path of using up the eggs, I decided to make ice cream! Normally I make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream but I decided to switch it up and I made Coffee Ice Cream. Turned out delicious! It’s nice and creamy with that amazing coffee flavor. Next time I think I’ll add some chocolate chips into it to make it more like that Java Chip ice cream I always get from the store.
The best thing about making ice cream yourself, is seeing how many ingredients go into it. Go into your freezer, take out the store bought ice cream you have, and tell me how many ingredients are on the back of that thing. WAY TOO MANY! They add all of these crazy things to preserve it. You’ll see things like xanthan gum. I’m sorry, but when I was a kid my Granny always told me that if I swallowed my gum it would stay in my stomach for 7 years. Judging by the amount of ice cream I eat, theres got to be a lot of gum stuck in my stomach then.
Here is the story with my ice cream. There are pretty much only 7 ingerdients: Whole Milk, Heavy Cream, Sugar, Coffee Beans, Vanilla Extract, and Eggs. THATS IT.
Sorry there isn’t an abundance of pictures of the process, but it all went really fast and if I stopped to take pictures, I might let the eggs curdle and you dont want scramble eggs in your ice cream. Gross.
PS: Since there are no crazy preservatives in this ice cream, its best to eat it within a few days of making it. But honestly, you’ll have trouble keeping it more than 3 days anyways, it’s that good.
Now go outside and enjoy the weather. Don’t forget your sunscreen though, you’ll thank me when you’re older and dont have sun spots and wrinkles 😉