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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Creamsicle Ice Cream


What is your favorite treat from the ice cream man?  My all time favorite since I was a kid is the orange creamsicle, it is so refreshing ~ a popsicle of vanilla icecream in the center covered by an orange sorbet.  When I found out that August 14th was National Creamsicle Day, that inspired me to create a homemade creamsicle dessert.  I searched for recipes and found a tangerine-sicle ice cream that was made with vanilla cream custard base and mixed with fresh juices.  In this recipe fresh orange and clementine juice was used.  These flavors bring me right back to my sweet creamsicle  memories, I can almost hear the ice cream truck music playing ;)
Recipe:
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups mixture of fresh clementine and orange juices - approx 2 oranges and 12 clementines
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Stir the cream and sugar in a saucepan over med heat until begins to bubble.  Whisk together the eggs, milk and salt in a metal bowl, slowly pour in 1/2 of the hot cream - whisking constantly, then return mixture to saucepan.  Cook over med-low heat, stirring constantly witha wooden spoon, until mixture thickens about 6 mins.  Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl over an icebath.  Stir occassionally until almost cool, then remove from ice bath, stir in the juices and vanilla.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours until chilled.  Freeze in ice cream maker for about 30 minutes until thick.  Pack the icecream in a chilled container and cover.  Freeze overnight or until desired consistency.  Top with clementine slices or bits of clementines.
Adapted from Farmers' Market Desserts

 Farmers' Market Desserts
Book available here:  
http://astore.amazon.com/rosscoubak-20/detail/0811866726

Enjoy !

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