I love reading the “At Home” section of the Sunday New York Times each week. Their recommendations for ways to navigate life during this time of COVID are great. There are lots of good ideas for keeping yourself and your family happy and busy this summer.
My favorite pastime of late is making homemade ice cream. I started this culinary hobby last summer when a friend of mine sent me the recipe for “Mocha Madness Ice Cream.” I didn’t have an ice cream maker at the time, but took one look at the ingredients and immediately went online and purchased a machine. There are so many machines to choose from at all different price points. Not knowing the difference, I just picked the one that would look the nicest on my counter. I knew that if I didn’t leave the machine out on the counter, it would quickly enter the “kitchen apparatus graveyard” ( the boiler room), and rarely be used.
That being said, last summer I only made home-made ice cream a couple of times. I always made this mocha Oreo flavor and it was loved by all. I started to think that perhaps I should “retire” the machine and gain back the counter space. This summer, however, I seem to be making it every week. Okay, maybe twice a week. It’s so easy….so delicious…..and such a delightful treat to pick you up out of the dull drums. It puts a smile on everyone’s face. I keep telling myself that “we need this special treat.” And indeed we do!!
So let me recommend the art of ice cream making. There are so many fun flavors and you can use your creativity to come up with some of your own. I must admit that this is the only flavor I have tried because it’s just that good. If I’m going to make ice cream, this is what I want. Maybe by August I’ll need a change……but then again, maybe not…..
** Feel free to leave out the Oreos (why would you??!!) or mix in your own favorite add-ins.
1 cup cold milk
3/4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons expresso powder
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups (1 pint) cold heavy cream or whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ( well maybe 10) Oreo cookies, broken into small pieces
- Whisk or mix together the milk, sugar, expresso powder (can get this on Amazon), and cocoa until the sugar has dissolved.
- Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Stir cookie bits into soft ice cream and serve immediately or freeze and defrost until slightly soft before serving.