Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dirtbag ice cream

Ok kids, its recipe time. I have been sitting on this one for some time, so I figured that it was time to show you how to make dirtbag ice cream....or at least make ice cream without an ice cream maker and the mess it entails.

Buttermilk Ice Cream 
by Ed Lee (he has a simply incredible cookbook entitled "Smoke and Pickles")
1 pint Cream
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup sugar 
Seriously, its that simple (even John Waller could do this). Pour your cream into a heavy bottomed sauce pan (even dirtbags should own 1 good sauce pan) and heat over medium low until it takes the chill off of the cream. Begin to stir in the cup of sugar very slowly to dissolve it. You only want to heat the sweetened cream mixture enough to dissolve the sugar, not cook it.  Once all your sugar is dissolved, you can add in your buttermilk. 
The next step is to pour your mixture into a 1 Gallon Freezer bag, seal it, and lay it flat in your freezer (or if you live in the tundra like us, just put it outside) to solidify.
Once your solution has solidified, break it up, and put it in either a blender or a food processor until it is smooth and creamy. It will melt and soften while your kitchen device is beating it into submission. This is the really important step, if you do not blend or process the mixture, it will be granular and crunchy. You cannot blend it too much.
Then pour your ice cream mix into a container and refreeze it. Once it firms back up, its ready to consume.
I really like this ice cream by itself, but the truest method of consumption of this ambrosia would be the Affogato (Italian for drowned). 
This after dinner drink is a a scoop of buttermilk ice cream that is dolloped into a dirtbag version is to use 3oz of boiling water to one envelope of starbucks  "via" coffee, and then add in the buttermilk ice cream. You will be exalted by your compatriots. Wealthy petroleum engineers will try to recruit you as their personal chef. They will also try to snatch your children, but thats a story for another day.

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