Homemade Ice Cream

Hello Foodies – this post is for you!

Caramel Apple Ice Cream

I recently made my own ice cream for the first time. It was a choice between chocolate and caramel apple so I asked the kids, and guess what? They chose apple! (I know, I thought the chocolate would win too!) Well, since I have an ice cream maker that I got for Christmas that I didn’t use yet, I decided to give it a try. It’s a Big Boss Ice Cream MakerΒ and as a bonus it’s fairly straight forward to use. I just washed the mixing bowl, and froze it in my deep freeze a few days earlier so it would be ready to use. Next I went to work looking up recipes!

bigbossicecreammaker

Poured liquid into bowl for cooling in fridge

I had looked up recipes online and found the caramel apple one, (see here for recipe), so I went to work making it! Basically, I just processed a bag of frozen, cut up apples in my food processor. Then I went to the stove, and heated up some white sugar, constantly stirring it until it turned into liquid (caramelized). At first it wasn’t seeming to do anything and wasn’t browning so I asked my hubby who is more experienced at cooking than me, and he said it would liquify fast – which it did, so I was happy that it only took about 5 minutes! Then I had to remove it from the heat fast and stirred in my milk and whip cream, but the sugar had started to solidify so my hubby helped to stir it up again on the heat until it liquified again. Note: Sugar will solidify fast so keep stirring it if you take it off the heat! Eventually we got it all smooth so we let it cool afterwards and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Chopped up apples

The next step was to cook the apples so I took the chopped up apples and put them in a sauce pan with melted butter, and cooked them up nice then cooled them, adding cinnamon afterwards. I could have ate the apples right then! πŸ™‚

After the liquid was all cool from the fridge, it was time to take the ice cream bowl out of the freezer and put it into the Big Boss Ice Cream Maker. So I put the mixing arm into the bowl and the lid on top and poured in the liquid. Read to mix! I just plugged in the machine and turned it on. It said to mix it for about 30 minutes depending on the amount – I think next time I’ll leave it longer until it is more frosty as it was still a little runny when I took it out.

Mixing Ice Cream

Next I added in the apples and mixed it some more, and afterwards, poured it into a plastic tub with a lid and put it in the freezer for a few hours until after supper. Verdict: The flavour was amazing, one kid liked it, the other didn’t, but hubby loved it so that’s a bonus! :p I would make it again but next time just let it churn a bit longer for ice cream perfection! Et voila! You have some yummy, homemade dessert! Love the organic lifestyle. πŸ™‚

Till Next Time,

Roxy

Easter baking

So yesterday we went to Joy Story 2 c/o Gateway Church held at Transcona Country Club, (we were visiting my in-law’s church), and it was a very lively service. The boys had fun watching Woody and Buzz Lightyear learn about what Christ did on the cross, and how they didn’t need to rescue Him, as He came to rescue us all from eternal damnation. And the sermon was very powerful as usual, as they preach the Gospel there every time and not just occasionally.

Afterwards, we all went home for a short bit, then it was time to go to our extended family gathering for Easter. Unfortunately, some people were ill so they couldn’t make it, but it was still nice to see everyone and meet some new faces too. The night prior, my youngest and I got to work making some colourful Crispy Rice Easter eggs. I let him choose the colours so he chose blue and red (pink) which turned out quite nicely. Here’s some photos of our baking time:

My Little Helper

My Little Helper πŸ™‚

Putting the crispy rice into moldsTaking the Crispy rice out of the moldsClosing the easter egg moldsClosup of Easter eggsClose up of eggs

Eggs in baskets

Eggs in baskets

As you can see, my youngest son and I enjoyed making our little crea-egg-tions lol! It was lots of fun and they turned out so cute too! πŸ™‚

After we made those, and it was time for the boys to go to bed, I decided to supplement the desserts with a batch of my delicious cranberry muffins. I believe I got the recipe off of Allrecipes.com a long time ago (it was called blueberry muffins to die for). I just make them with cranberries instead and I love the tartness of the cranberries mixed with the sweetness of the sugar. πŸ™‚ So here’s some photos of that fun:

Mixing up my muffins

Mixing up muffins

muffin batterclose up of muffinsfinished muffins

Everyone enjoyed the desserts, as did I as after having gone 4 weeks without real sugar and sweets, it’s been rough. And aren’t weekends that much better with a bit of sweetness? πŸ˜‰

Till next post,

Roxy