11 8 / 2012

Bi-Rite, Humphrey Slocombe, Full Tilt & Molly Moon

Arrived home today from a quick trip up north and of course, I had to visit the local ice creameries!

SAN FRANCISCO

Our first stop was the famous Bi-Rite Creamery. There was a long line out the door which meant no time for me to sample every flavor.

Everyone raves about Bi-Rite’s Salted Caramel so that was what we ordered, along with a Malted Vanilla with Peanut Brittle. Both flavors were absolutely amazing. Uber rich, creamy, luscious, decadent to-die-for ice cream. Totally worth the hype!

Unfortunately we were only doing a quick stop in SF so there was no time to try one of their signature sundaes. How amazing does this sound? —> Dainty gentleman: honey lavender ice cream, hot fudge, blood orange olive oil & maldon sea salt”.

The next morning, we delayed our departure time from SF so that we could visit Humphry Slocombe - famous for their adventurous flavors. I was so excited I had already bought their book even before visiting the shop.

After sampling almost all the flavors on the menu that day, I was particularly blown away by the Jesus Juice Sorbet (coke and red wine) which I paired with some Secret Breakfast (bourbon, vanilla, cornflakes). Yes, it was a boozy start to the morning. The Black Sesame that Nathan ordered was really good too.

Third on my list was Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous but they were closed on Tuesdays. Boo.

SEATTLE

Full Tilt Ice Cream is an old school pinball arcade type ice cream shop. My friend Julissa and I visited the Columbia City location and we sampled a few flavors including the Vegan Blue Moon, Horchata and Salted Caramel. We ended up sharing an enormous scoop of the Birthday Cake ice cream which had cake (thumbs up!) and colorful sprinkles in it.

We had time left for only one more -  Molly Moon - Seattle’s most famous artisanal ice cream shop, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a Boston Terrier in their logo!!! :)

The cute shop on Capitol Hill was very busy when we arrived so we didn’t sample too many flavors. I found most of the fruity flavors a bit too subtle but the Salted Caramel was delicious. Nathan enjoyed the Stumptown Coffee and I got the Honey Lavender.

Of all the ice creams tasted, I would say that Bi Rite and Humphrey Slocombe were my favorites.

Now back in L.A. I feel the need to organize some sort of ice cream tasting tour. Mashti Malones, Carmelas, Fosselmans, Scoops Westside, Coolhaus…Who wants to join me?

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29 7 / 2012

aka Mexican Chocolate ice cream. The average Mole sauce is made up of a zillion ingredients including at least two different types of chiles. This Choco-Mole ice cream flavor is much simpler - dark chocolate, ancho chiles and a couple of spices - taking inspiration from this White Chocolate Ancho Chile Ice Cream recipe. 

aka Mexican Chocolate ice cream. The average Mole sauce is made up of a zillion ingredients including at least two different types of chiles. This Choco-Mole ice cream flavor is much simpler - dark chocolate, ancho chiles and a couple of spices - taking inspiration from this White Chocolate Ancho Chile Ice Cream recipe. 

29 7 / 2012

Meeting Jeni in L.A.!

Jeni Britton Bauer is the James Beard award-winning author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home - the wonderful book (now in its 9th printing!) that inspired me to make delicious ice creams, experiment with flavors and start this blog.

 

Jeni was in L.A. this weekend as part of her national book signing tour. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Gelson’s Supermarket, Silverlake. It was a big thrill, and I was so chuffed. She complimented me on my illustrated ice cream recipes and signed my food-stained copy of her book…

One of these days I will make it over to Columbus, Ohio :)

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26 7 / 2012

Adapted from the Pomegranate Margarita recipe in Ice Cream Happy Hour. Even though the original recipe calls for 1 cup of pomegranate juice, I reduced this to make the flavor more intense like in a grenadine. I also used less Triple Sec in proportion to the Jose Cuervo tequila, and this is my first time trying out Guar Gum. PHOTO

Adapted from the Pomegranate Margarita recipe in Ice Cream Happy Hour. Even though the original recipe calls for 1 cup of pomegranate juice, I reduced this to make the flavor more intense like in a grenadine. I also used less Triple Sec in proportion to the Jose Cuervo tequila, and this is my first time trying out Guar Gum. PHOTO

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20 7 / 2012

The Ricotta is from Fresh & Easy. I was originally going to try a Ricotta-Sage Ice Cream (Sarah’s suggestion) or swirl in some Fig Compote, but I couldn’t get cannolis out of my mind. I have my mini cannoli shells ready to go!
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The Ricotta is from Fresh & Easy. I was originally going to try a Ricotta-Sage Ice Cream (Sarah’s suggestion) or swirl in some Fig Compote, but I couldn’t get cannolis out of my mind. I have my mini cannoli shells ready to go!

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15 7 / 2012

Adapted from this recipe.
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Adapted from this recipe.

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15 7 / 2012

VEGAN ice cream! For a non-vegan version replace the coconut milk & cream with regular whole milk and heavy cream. PHOTO

VEGAN ice cream! For a non-vegan version replace the coconut milk & cream with regular whole milk and heavy cream. PHOTO

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05 7 / 2012

Otherwise known as a Chocolate Martini Ice Cream. Here is another adaptation of a boozy recipe from Ice Cream Happy Hour (see my last post). Even though I drew a Godiva Chocolate Liqueur bottle above, I used Van Gogh Chocolate Liqueur which is actually colorless. The vodka is Ketel One, and the dark chocolate is Ghirardelli 78% Cacao. PHOTO

Otherwise known as a Chocolate Martini Ice Cream. Here is another adaptation of a boozy recipe from Ice Cream Happy Hour (see my last post). Even though I drew a Godiva Chocolate Liqueur bottle above, I used Van Gogh Chocolate Liqueur which is actually colorless. The vodka is Ketel One, and the dark chocolate is Ghirardelli 78% Cacao. PHOTO

04 7 / 2012

Extra boozy ice creams!

When I first read this blog post on how to make cocktail-flavored ice creams that not only taste extra boozy but that can actually get you drunk, I immediately ordered a Kindle copy of Ice Cream Happy Hour: 50 Boozy Treats That You Spike and Freeze At Home by Valerie Lum and Jenise Addison.

The authors use at least 1/2 cup of alcohol in their boozy ice creams - which is usually too much alcohol for ice cream to freeze properly. (The typical amount is 1/4 cup per quart)

Their answer is gelatin, which is first dissolved in water, then mixed with alcohol and used to spike the chilled ice cream base before churning.

Alas, I am a weekday vegetarian and have many vegetarian friends so gelatin is a problem. I have been Googling around for a replacement ratio for xanthan gum, and all I could find was this article, which says “Measure out half the amount of xanthan gum in lieu of the full amount of gelatin that a recipe calls for”.

In most cases, the boozy ice cream recipes in Ice Cream Happy Hour call for 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of gelatin. 1/4 - 1/2 tablespoon of xanthan gum seems like a lot…

Anyway, I am sharing here my first extra boozy ice cream experiment: White Russian Ice Cream, adapting the recipe from Ice Cream Happy Hour where I  thicken the base with Jeni’s method (corn starch instead of eggs) and replace the gelatin with half the amount of xanthan gum.

Xanthan gum does not dissolve in alcohol so it has to be prehydrated in a water-based solution. Using a stick blender, I added 1/2 TB of xanthan gum to 1/3 cup of water and the result was something that looked like goopy hair gel. (EEK) I then blended in 2/3 cup of Kahlua and 2/3 cup of Vodka (Yes, really! This much!) and got a scary-looking coffee-colored viscous substance, which I strained and whisked into the chilled ice cream base…

Whew. This looks more like a normal ice cream custard now.

30 minutes later, I am perturbed to report that the thick and creamy mixture had not firmed up any more in the machine. However, this is exactly how the ice cream looks in the authors’ own ‘White Russian ice cream’ video so maybe I got it right. Let’s hope it firms up in the freezer in a few hours from now. So far, it has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and I will not be driving any time soon.

If you have any tips to share on making extra boozy ice creams, please do! Especially on combining alcohol with xanthan gum. I am also curious if agar would be a better replacement for gelatin.

Next: Chocolatini Ice Cream.

*PS. I will be making the White Russian ice cream again and experimenting with way less xanthan gum and also agar and/or guar gum.

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28 6 / 2012

A variation on my Orange-Cardamom-Date ice cream recipe, taking inspiration from this blog post. I used Tangelos so that I could draw nipples. Just kidding. The dates are Honey Dates from my local farmer’s market.

A variation on my Orange-Cardamom-Date ice cream recipe, taking inspiration from this blog post. I used Tangelos so that I could draw nipples. Just kidding. The dates are Honey Dates from my local farmer’s market.

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27 6 / 2012

This is a flavor request from George (Christa’s Pop) who was recently in hospital. I hope this ice cream cheers him up. I only had Earl Grey tea bags instead of tea leaves so I used these, and if I make this flavor again, I would try swirling in a sauce made with fresh blackcurrants. Recipe from Jeni’s book.

This is a flavor request from George (Christa’s Pop) who was recently in hospital. I hope this ice cream cheers him up. I only had Earl Grey tea bags instead of tea leaves so I used these, and if I make this flavor again, I would try swirling in a sauce made with fresh blackcurrants. Recipe from Jeni’s book.

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19 6 / 2012

I used Eiwa Powdered Wasabi from McCall’s.This was reconstituted with water before I added it to the mix. PHOTO
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Edit to add: If I made this again, I think it could use some lemon juice zing.

I used Eiwa Powdered Wasabi from McCall’s.This was reconstituted with water before I added it to the mix. PHOTO

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Edit to add: If I made this again, I think it could use some lemon juice zing.

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18 6 / 2012

I looked at several recipes and couldn’t decide if I should puree the lychees into the base, or infuse them. One recipe even suggested boiling the lychees first - I tried this but I didn’t like the boiled lychee flavor. In the end, I pureed and steeped the lychees overnight in the cooked base, and then strained out the pulp before churning to keep a smooth and creamy texture. The raspberry flavor extract boosts the lychee flavor really nicely.
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I looked at several recipes and couldn’t decide if I should puree the lychees into the base, or infuse them. One recipe even suggested boiling the lychees first - I tried this but I didn’t like the boiled lychee flavor. In the end, I pureed and steeped the lychees overnight in the cooked base, and then strained out the pulp before churning to keep a smooth and creamy texture. The raspberry flavor extract boosts the lychee flavor really nicely.

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16 6 / 2012

My friend Christa requested this flavor for her birthday, and she was referring to the Thai black sticky rice dessert that is usually served with fresh mango. However, the warm ice cream base tastes exactly like the Pulut Hitam dessert from my Malaysian childhood, and it was really hard not to eat it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTA!
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* June 20th. I have revised this recipe. The earlier version turned out too icy/solid and not sweet enough which I later learned was directly related to the Palm Sugar.

My friend Christa requested this flavor for her birthday, and she was referring to the Thai black sticky rice dessert that is usually served with fresh mango. However, the warm ice cream base tastes exactly like the Pulut Hitam dessert from my Malaysian childhood, and it was really hard not to eat it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTA!

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* June 20th. I have revised this recipe. The earlier version turned out too icy/solid and not sweet enough which I later learned was directly related to the Palm Sugar.

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14 6 / 2012

An adaptation of this Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbert recipe. I think I put in a bit too much cinnamon but it is still very delish! 
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An adaptation of this Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbert recipe. I think I put in a bit too much cinnamon but it is still very delish! 

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