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……..What you get when you take too big a mouthful

I finally made the foray into the arcane art of Ice Cream Making and, using the New Ice Cream Maker gratefully received at Christmas, set about the challenge.

Here’s the ingredients for a vanilla ice cream that, even if I do say so myself, puts “store bought” to shame.

2 1/3 cups (580 ml) of whole milk
2 1/3 cups (580 ml) heavy (or whipping) cream
1 whole vanilla bean
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 1/8 cups (275 ml) sugar
2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract

Combine the milk and cream in a medium saucepan.
Use a sharp knife to split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Use the blunt edge to scrape out the seeds. Stir the seeds and bean pod into the milk/cream mixture. Bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat until the mixture is thick and pale yellow in colour (similar to mayonnaise). About 2 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean pod from the milk/cream mixture and discard. Measure out 1 cup (250 ml) of the hot liquid. With the mixer on low, add the cup of hot milk/cream to the egg mixture in a slow, steady stream. When thoroughly combined, pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and stir to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Transfer to a bowl, stir in the vanilla extract, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the custard and chill completely.

For the balance of the recipe, follow the instructions that came with your ice cream maker.

Makes 14 half cup (125 ml) servings.

Or if it’s strawberry you’d prefer…

The Kitchen Studio, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
January 1, 2010

The “props”.

Black Velvet Backdrop
3 pushpins to hold it in place
Old Cadbury’s Chocolate Finger tin under said backdrop as a stand
Antique glass to hold the ice cream
2 LED flashlights
And, of course, the ice cream itself.

The set up.

And the after shot…..

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 70 mm
iso 100, spot metered, Aperture Priority F 13.0, 0.3 second
Tripod

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Comments

  • polly470
    polly470almost 4 years ago

    Oh YUM!!!
    I am ignoring this bad pun,
    ’cos boy, this icecream looks too yum!!!
    P
    xxx

  • Many thanks, Polly. Will be trying it out on the Famn Damily this evening.
    And “Ye’ll aye scream fer mair!” was the original title….

    – Mike Oxley

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    Very yummy Mike, just need the Strawberries now,

  • Many thanks, Ann, and I appreciate the “fave”, too! Cheers! Strawberry’s next on the list – one of my favourites.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 4 years ago

    LOL yes, you are still up to your tricks….. and I am so happy to be seeing your FIRST image of your new creation…. kudo’s for whoever gifted you with the IC maker!!!! Thanks for the recipe…. that looks mighty fine!!!!!! What a great way to begin the new year, Mike!!!!
    Happy New Year!!!!
    Brenda

  • Thanks so very much, Brenda. I greatly appreciate the wonderful compliment of the “favourite”, too! Not too bad for my first attempt, I think. I’ll be taking it over to The Sister’s tonight and we’ll see what Young Colin has to say about it.

    And a very Happy New Year to you, my friend. All the best!

    Mike.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 4 years ago

    wow! Mike, do you invite me for a great desert? mmm… great shot with that black background. light is top inside. you should shoot that vertically with all the cup ;)

  • LOL! Any time, Manon. Thanks so very much. I took a number of shots from different angles and lighting and this one showed the ice cream the best. That little glass is only 6 cm wide and 7 cm high, so it was a bit of a challenge! But I’ll try a vertical shot next time. Thanks for the advice!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 4 years ago

    I have a recipe for Grapenut Ice Cream…… want me to share????
    And I would like to hear what Master Colin has to say!!!!!
    All the best to you!!!!!!!
    Brenda

  • Would love to try that, Brenda. Thanks! And I’ll keep you posted as to what the young lad thinks.

    – Mike Oxley

  • It was a hit! Collie’s eyes opened up about a foot, Ma and Pa had seconds with their Christmas Pud and even old Mollie had some.

    – Mike Oxley

  • kukawa
    kukawaalmost 4 years ago

    LOL!!! Did you attend Culinary School to be a Master Chef? Now I will have to make a trip to Cornwall..lol!! But that dish is too teenie tiny for me………on second thought, I better stick to that size!! lol….Beautifully captured and definately looks scrumptious!! Thank You for sharing all the information on such a spendid shot!!! enjoy your day today my friend, peace and love, syl

  • LOL! Thanks so very much, Syl, and thanks, too, for the “fave”! No “chef’s school” though, I just love to play in the kitchen! And I do have bigger bowls in case you’re interested…. :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunteralmost 4 years ago

    Well done Mike! What did we do before LED lights? And, for that matter, what did do before Ice Cream makers? I’ll have to dig up my pumpkin ice cream recipe for you.

  • Many thanks, Brock. Those little flashlights are the handiest things and the best investment in “studio” lighting I made! :o) Before that it was a halogen reading lamp. One way to make ice cream the old way was to use two tins, one smaller than the other. You put the custard in the small one, sealed it and placed it in the bigger tin. Then you added a mixture of ice and salt to fill the big tin. Sealed that and you got the kids to roll it back and forth across the floor to each other. Simple, but I guess it worked!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Sorry. Pumpkin Ice Cream recipe would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • hampshirelady
    hampshireladyalmost 4 years ago

    Delish! (I mean the capture – not just the icecream!) I use an LED torch too – great effect sometimes! And dead cheap!

  • Much appreciated, Sue. I think they’re great – cheap, as you say, and a nice blue light. There’s no lighting correction on this image.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...almost 4 years ago

    Great image (and imagination) Mike – will think of you when I’m tucking into ice cream this coming week – Mattie x

  • Thanks so very much, Mattie. I’m sure it will be most enjoyable and not quite as labour intensive as this was! :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 4 years ago

    An elegant composition!!! Terrific shooting!!!!, Bill

  • Many thanks, Bill. Appreciate you stopping by and taking the time!

    – Mike Oxley

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