July 16, 2015

Exciting ice cream or sorbet flavors to make at home

You can make any flavor of ice cream at home with an ice cream maker, blender or a mixer.

You can make any flavor of ice cream at home with an ice cream maker, blender or a mixer.

During your time at Austin culinary arts school, you’ve learned a lot about flavor. By making and tasting many creations, you are realizing what fits together (like strawberries and champagne) and what doesn’t (think pickles and chocolate). These skills are very important when it comes to creating your own dishes. Why not use your newfound flavor superpower to create some unique ice cream flavors at home? Here are a few to try:

Salted watermelon
When many people think salt, chips and pretzels come to mind. But Pint Sized Baker had a great idea: Combine salt with watermelon for a refreshing ice cream treat! You don’t even need an ice cream maker for this recipe. Combine two cups of heavy cream with sweetened condensed milk, watermelon puree and some sea salt to taste. You can also add chocolate chips or watermelon chunks once you’ve got the right consistency of the mixture. Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks and then fold in the condensed milk and watermelon puree. Pour into a freezer-safe container and leave to chill for 6 or so hours. Store in an airtight container to prevent frostbite. Some people find the mix is too pastel due to all the dairy and opt to add red food coloring for some extra oomph. That’s up to you!

Bubble gum
As a child, did you ever see how many huge chunks of pink bubble gum you could put in your mouth at once? That intense flavor is super nostalgic and brings people back to their younger days almost instantaneously. You can use that memorable flavor to make some fun vibrant ice cream. The TipToe Fairy opts to add actual gumballs to her batches for some extra flavor and crunch. You can do this too, or skip it and go for some colorful sprinkles and whipped cream instead. You can purchase bubble gum flavoring in a concentrated liquid form at any baking store or craft market. Use that with pink food coloring, condensed milk and sour cream to make the perfect bubble gum ice cream. If you have kids, the TipToe Fairy recommends putting them in charge of the food coloring as they are experts on what the perfect pink shade should be. This is a great idea to make for a child’s birthday party. Just keep in mind the age of the attendants when deciding whether or not to add real gum balls.

Pineapple jalapeno
Are you heading to an party that involves tacos? Bring the perfect dessert accompaniment: homemade pineapple jalapeno ice cream. It may sound a little questionable to add these two very different ingredients together, but the citrus acidity of the pineapple combines really well with the heat of the jalapeno. Plus, the sugar tones down both these intense flavors, making it a great treat for everyone. Blogger Lamberts Lately makes this sorbet with one cup of water, one cup of sugar, a medium-sized pineapple and 2 seeded jalapenos. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and then add the jalapeno and pineapple (both chunked). To get the full flavor, simmer these ingredients on low heat for 15 minutes. Then, place it on a hot pad in the fridge to cool off. When it is no longer warm, use a blender to puree the mix until it is smooth. You want to be sure there are no pieces of jalapeno or pineapple – you want a well-blended sorbet. If you have an ice cream maker, you can then toss the the puree into it and follow the directions. Those without this appliance can just freeze it in a shallow dish. Serve immediately following some tasty tacos for a great frozen dessert.