When the weather gets this hot, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Not a lot, that is, except for resorting to a diet made up of ice cream. There are very few who will complain about this fact of life, so there’s only one question left to answer: what kind of ice cream do you want?
All that stands between you and a bowl of ice cream is a little bit of whipping and some time in the freezer. So quick, before the temperature hits 100, read this list of hacks and make yourself a couple of gallons, and enjoy summer the ice cream way.
1. Don’t churn it
You don’t need an ice cream maker to make good ice cream. Just whip two cups of heavy whipping cream in your mixer until stiff peaks have formed and fold in 15 oz. of sweetened condensed milk. The air in the cream combined with the stickiness of the sweetened condensed milk will mimic the texture of ice cream that’s been churned for hours.
2. Mix and match to make new flavor favorites
Have extra baked goods left over from The Chopping Block’s baking classes? Chop it up and mix it into the base before freezing. Ba-da-bing, you just made some cookies ‘n cream. My personal favorite is this double chocolate brownie version I made the other day. Grab the recipe here, then improvise on your own!
3. Skip the bowl and spoon and go for a cone
We all know that saving the world is a lot more complicated than cutting down on plastic waste, but, hey, it’s an okay place to start, right? This summer, whether you’re eating at home or at your favorite joint, opt for a cone instead of a paper or plastic cup. It’s the little things, people!
4. Make it vegan with an easy twist
Not so into dairy? No problem. Just swap out the sweetened condensed milk for a vegan alternative (they even make vegan sweetened condensed milk these days — what a world!) and use coconut cream instead of the heavy whipping cream. Then pat yourself on the back, and enjoy a dairy-free treat.
5. Opt for a healthier bowl
The only way this recipe gets easier is by swapping the sweetened condensed milk and cream combo for full-fat Greek yogurt and powdered sugar. Swirl in some of your favorite fruit and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Learn how to make your own ice cream (plus sherbet and semifreddo) in Frozen Desserts on Saturday, August 24 at 10:30am at the Mart.