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As silly as it might seem for someone who claims to avoid sugar, I made ice cream. And… the recipe came from Martha Stewart Living.
It was creamy, very sweet and had a very strong coffee flavor. The rest of the family thought it was a hit! It is so rich that we only had little cups.
Coffee Ice Cream
Makes 6 cups
* 2 cups whole milk
* 2 cups heavy cream
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup brewed espresso (I used 1 1/2 cups I think. A whole Moka pot.)
* 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
* 8 large egg yolks
1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Combine milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, the espresso, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl.
3. Gradually whisk half the hot milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture. Pour egg-yolk mixture into saucepan, and whisk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
4. Pour through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl set in ice-water bath. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap on surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming, and refrigerate 2 hours.
5. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.
This will be our last weekend in this house on the lake. The weather looks like it will be glorious, and although we will spend the bulk of it moving furniture and other heavy objects, we will still have a chance to enjoy it.
The next few months we will live in the upstairs of B’s parents house, which thankfully is quite spacious. The kids already have friends close by, and the daily commute will be about two thirds what it was. There will also be more car sharing, so the fuel budget should also go down. We are actually looking forward to this interlude in our housing journey.
We will miss some of our neighbors here (and their extended family), but are glad that we will not be so far away that getting together is impossible.
We will see how this multi-generational living thing works…