Recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream with White Wine

Earlier I posted a bit of my first impressions of a book called: Ice Cream Happy Hour 50 Boozy Treats You Spike, Freeze and Serve, it is through this recipe book that I decided to try my hand at using the alcohol at my place to make ice cream.

The first recipe in the book seemed fairly simple enough: “Vanilla with Brandy”, except I didn’t have brandy at my place. So I did what I always did best, I adapted, changed, and worked with what I had on hand.

First thing’s first… here is the original recipe:

So what did I change?

Well after my first batch of ice cream ever I was left with the following:
– 1 and 1/2 cup of milk
– 1 and 1/4 cup of heavy cream
Right off the bat the above was off in comparison with the recipe… but I used those portions anyway and hoped for the best.

The recipe also called for only a 1/2 pack of gelatin with 1/3 cup of water… which is dandy and all since the recipe only called for a 1/2 cup of brandy, but since I did not have anymore milk or heavy cream and no way to store the remaining half pack of gelatin I decided to use
– 1 packet of gelatin
– 2/3 cup of water

I figured in the end of the day… the uneven portions would even out… missing a 1/4 cup of heavy cream? No problem! Just double the gelatin / water portion. (Keep in mind this was my first time making this recipe ever and already out of the gate I was changing things up.)

Now, the recipe calls for making the custard first, cooling it for eight hours and then make the gelatin mix, add together, pour into ice cream maker. Which was fine by me… it just means that when making boozy ice cream in the future I have to plan for a two day span – Day One for the custard and Day Two for the actual ice cream.

The last change up? Using the white wine in place of the brandy mainly because the whole point of this experiment was to get rid of all the alcohol at my place. So what came out? A nice, smooth boozy dessert that even I could enjoy. When I gave portions of the ice cream to various foodie friends it would turn out that they liked it…

A very simple concoction that people enjoyed? Sign me up! Granted the recipe only made about a quart of ice cream and that is fine by me. Sorry people… no pictures mainly because it is only vanilla… well with white wine. 🙂

Will I do this again? Of course! As soon as I could figure out what to pair the white wine with in the next batch…

However, what this has done is given me other ideas of how to use the beer from Weyerbachers and the other bottles of champagne and wine in my stores… and trust me, this is going to a fun 2013. 😀

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