Yay! Attachment for my favorite appliance! It finally arrived Sunday, but then you have to pop it in the freezer for like 15 hours. So we flipped through the manual and all of the recipes called for a dozen egg yolks...which is crazy, then what do i do with a dozen egg whites...maybe i should make another bundt cake, like angel food? perhaps another time
So I had found a recipe for blueberry cheesecake ice cream the other day, so we adapted:
Cheesecake Ice Cream
4 oz Cream Cheese, room temp
1 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Milk
2 tsp Lime Zest
1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1. Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add the egg and vanilla, mix until creamy and set aside.2. Bring the milk to a boil over medium-low heat. Remove from the heat and add a quarter cup of the milk to the cream cheese mixture and mix until combined and smooth. Continue with 2 more quarter cups of milk and then add the entire mixture back to the pan with the rest of the milk.3. Stir over medium-low heat until thickened slightly (should take around 3 minutes). Remove from heat, strain mixture, and let cool 10 minutes.4. Combine the zest, heavy cream and cream cheese mixture together. Pour into your ice cream machine and freeze according to manufactures instructions.5. When ice cream is thickened and finished freezing, slowly pour in the blueberry lime syrup and let 'swirl' a few times in the machine before turning off. (You can also do this by creating layers of the ice cream to a container and adding the syrup between layers , then swirl with a knife a few times.)
we pretty much followed the cheesecake recipe exactly but then instead of blueberry we swirled in caramel sauce at the end!
All I can say is OOOOO LA LA!!! this ice cream was amazing, fantastic, rich, creamy, sooooo perfect in every way. and really easy, my husband did it for goodness sake!
and then finally I made my carrot cake muffins. Adam so graciously grated my carrots in the food processor while I was working on other things. I love when he helps me cook! Here is the recipe that I adapted:
Carrot cake muffins with orange-cream cheese filling
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups carrots, grated (I used a bag of baby carrots I had lying around, well 2/3 of a bag)
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
¾ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ cups cinnamon (I assumed this meant teaspoons and not cups...cuz EWWW!)
½ tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup raisins (i didn't have these, and don't like them so I omitted)
1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped (I doubled these to make up for the lack of raisins)
2 tbsp rum (i soaked the pecans in rum instead of the raisins HAHA!)
Cream cheese filling
6 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp orange zest
Soak the raisins in the rum for at least half an hour.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and line a standard muffin tin (or grease and flour an 8 inch cake pan, if using).In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside.Using a stand or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and scrape down the sides of the bowl.Slowly add the flour mixture to the bowl in three separate additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl each time. Drain the raisins from the rum, and fold them into the mixture along with the pecans. Set aside while you make the cream cheese filling.Using a hand or stand mixer combine the cream cheese, orange zest and sugar. Beat for two minutes on medium high. Drop a large tablespoon of the carrot cake into a muffin cup. Place a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on top and top that with another heaping tablespoon of carrot cake.Bake for 20 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.Cool the muffins on a wire rack.
The muffins were easy to put together, taste wise, i'm not sure i like the filling, too much cream cheese, not enough anything else. I would have rather opted for no filling and maybe a light cream cheese frosting, so I might do that next time. But they are good. Took way longer to bake then 20 minutes though! and I still think i should have left them in a few more.
Anyway, had all these pictures but I can't seem to post them. Another time perhaps!
that's all for now! more tonight/tomorrow!