Many years ago, as a not so young bride, I received a wedding gift–the ice cream maker attachment for our new food processor. I’d never made ice cream before, so I started by simply opening the manual that came with the ice cream maker and then my trusty Betty Crocker Cookbook. My new spouse and I pored over the two sources of info and came up with coffee ice cream, which, under normal circumstances, we both loved. We chose the custard type and proceeded to follow all the instructions, which really were pretty simple.
The part that got us into trouble was the coffee.
Being coffee press users, we always had fresh coffee beans of choice on hand. But the recipe recommended instant (instant? in my house? I think not!) espresso or coffee. Hmmm. What to do? Sure, you say, just run down to the market and get some instant. My closest market is two and half minutes from my house, but the lines are ALWAYS forever. So we did what any rational person would do – we fine ground coffee beans and tossed it in using the recommended amounts for instant coffee. It was delicious! A hit! Let’s write this variant down and make it again. Yay!
I woke, bright eyed, at 2:00 a.m. As I lay there WIDE AWAKE, I noticed my honey wasn’t snoring. So I whispered, “Are you awake?” He whispered back, “Oh yeah, I’m awake!” We gave up any notion of trying to go back to sleep, turned the lights back on and chatted for another couple hours until the coffee bean buzz finally wore off. There might have been wine involved too.
I’m a great one for changing recipes that I think I can improve. I usually try the original recipe first, and if I like it enough to mess with, I will. The next time I made that ice cream exactly as suggested and slept like a baby! I haven’t made ice cream in a while, because I have Handel’s right around the corner from me. There are only a few in the country, but lucky for me, I have one. If you’re ever near one, try their raspberry chocolate truffle ice cream – wow! Or make your own. I haven’t ever seen a recipe for it, but how hard could it be to invent it? Yeah, I thought so. I guess it’s up to me!