Thursday, January 27, 2011

Red Velvet Ice Cream


Since I had my foot surgery in early January, I have only been out of the house a handful of times.

I'm really not supposed to walk any sort of distance - not to mention when I do walk, it's pretty slow and somewhat embarrassing with my velcro shoes on.

But to help me combat cabin fever, Mr. Vittles has taken me on a few quick jaunts with him... like to get some iced coffee, or get windshield wipers for his car (exciting!) or to get some ice cream (that of course I was craving, not him).

I stayed in the car for the coffee and wipers, but was feeling bold the night of ice cream.  It was about 8:30 PM on an extremely cold night, so we figured there would not be many people there.

But we were wrong.  It was wall to wall people, namely teenagers.

And I was like a deer in headlights.

Being in a packed place when you have two feet with recently broken and shaved bones is scary enough.  But being in that condition in a place packed with "clumsy high schoolers" (as Mr. V pointed out) was absolutely terrifying. 

I stood in one spot, frozen, and constantly alert for any tomfoolery that might result in someone getting pushed into me and stepping on my toes.  I stayed in there long enough to order, then quickly hobbled back out to the car.

Needless to say... no more ice cream jaunts for me, for at least the next couple weeks.

Which just means, I have to bring the ice cream to me

This summer I experimented with a recipe for Cake Batter Ice Cream, where I used red velvet cake mix from a box.  It came out alright, but for some reason I was not happy with using cake mix.  (However, I have yet to see a recipe for cake batter ice cream that doesn't use it?)

So with Valentines Day around the corner, I decided to give this another shot - without a recipe, and without cake mix.  Which is a little dicey, because it would be awful to waste all the ingredients that go into a good ice cream!

But then again, I have made a lot of ice cream over the past few years (and learned a lot through some painful mistakes) so I felt pretty confident that I could do my own thing.


And I'm happy to report, this one came out great - very creamy, and it captures all the goodness of red velvet!

Red Velvet Ice Cream
  • 1 C. coconut milk
  • 1 C. half and half
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 C. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 t. dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 T. red food coloring
  • 1 C. heavy cream

In medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, cook coconut milk and half and half just until steaming.  (This is important - you are about to add the eggs, and if the mixture on the burner is too hot it will cause the eggs to curdle).

Meanwhile, in medium heatproof bowl, whisk egg yolks and sugar until combined.  Pour half of milk mixture into bowl with egg yolks and sugar, and whisk until smooth.  Then pour contents of bowl back into saucepan, and return to burner on medium-low.

Cook custard an additional 3-5 minutes, until you can run your finger across a rubber spatula dipped in the custard and it leaves a trail.  Remove saucepan from heat and add cocoa powder - whisk until combined and no lumps remain.  Then add vanilla extract and red food coloring and whisk.

Transfer mixture to a large, coverable bowl.  Add 1 C. heavy cream, but do not stir.  Cover bowl and place in refrigerator to chill 3-4 hours.

Once mixture is thoroughly chilled, transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.*  Then transfer to coverable, freezable container and put in freezer at least 3 hours before serving.  Makes about one quart.

*If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out this article on how to make ice cream without one.  I've never tried it, but Brown Eyed Baker is an amazing blog so I'm sure the author would not lead us astray!

Original Recipe

44 comments:

  1. Oh my god. I don't know whether to love you or hate you for this post! It sounds SO good, but I'm tortured by the fact that I've cut out all sweets for the time being! But when that ship sails, this will be the FIRST thing I make! Hope you get feeling better, I had hip surgery in October and I know ALL about cabin fever! I read a lot of old cookbooks, and wrote recipes I wanted to try once I was walking again!

    Happy Baking!

    keatonthefoodie.blogspot.com

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  2. This is such a great idea! I love anything Red Velvet!

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  3. Wow, this sounds great! I'd love to try it. My new ice cream maker is somewhere in transit ... supposed to get here in the next two days... I will 'break it in' with your ice cream recipe!

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  4. I was preparing just from the photo alone to tell you I love ya for the ice cream. But your poor darlin'! Teenagers and broken bones are a bad combo. Glad you got right out of there. You can just rock those velcro shoes with your homemade better goodies at home. Glad you've got the online outlet to the world.

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  5. How cool! I love that it contains coconut milk! And the color is beautiful. I would eat this on Valentine's Day and any other day of the year. It looks AMAZING!

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  6. Oh my goodness! This looks seriously, dangerously addictive! My only saving grace from packing on the pounds from eating this is that I don't have an ice cream maker (yet!). I will save this so that someday I can make this, love the idea!

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  7. Oh you poor thing. I was nervous while reading that post...lol! But you calmed me down with that ice cream. What a wonderful idea. It looks and sounds so good. Especially since I do enjoy red velvet! :)

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  8. Ooooo... yummmooo!!! This is one flavor of ice cream I've never had before, sounds incredible looks smooth and tasty too!!

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  9. Goodness, I found myself clenching my feet as you were telling the story. Stay low I say. The ice cream on the other hand looks mighty good. My daughter loves red and I know she would love this ice cream:)

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  10. The color looks really great :)

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  11. That ice cream is such a pretty color and would be great for Valentines Day! I like the coconut milk in it, it's different.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  12. I hope my Valentine brings me an ice cream maker! Actually any kitchen gadets would make me giddy. This ice cream sounds so delicious! I am not one for eating ice cream during the winter months but here lately I have had a craving for it. Might have to brave going to Cold Stone and getting some unless my ice cream maker comes!

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  13. Excellent job! Your Red Velvet ice cream looks creamlicious and I can sense the taste of it just from the picture. Yum!

    Your freinds at Food Frenzy
    http://blogstew.net/foodfrenzy

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  14. This is both intriguing and exciting. Something red and sweet but is not berry. Red velvet, yum, yum. This would be a classic someday.

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  15. Great job!! It looks fabulous!!

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  16. What a great recipe! This looks so tasty!

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  17. Wow, I love this idea! Most original spin off on red velvet I've seen yet! :)

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  18. I love red velvet cake, but I love ice cream even more. This combines my two loves in one delicious dessert. Great idea. I hope you'll come back and link this up at Sweets for a Saturday #2.

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  19. This looks so wonderful... I like how you used coconut milk in it... :)

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  20. I am so impressed. Looks great!

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  21. This sounds SO good! Wow!

    I hope that you heal quickly so you are able to go out and about! I definitely would have been scared with all those teens around too...they can be a little clumsy!!

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  22. This looks absolutely delicious! Coconut milk is a very nice addition! Hope you feel better real soon.

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  23. Both my daughter and I LOVE red velvet cake so this recipe caught my eye quickly over at Made With Love Monday. Looks SO YUMMY -- gonna have to give it a try sometime -- probably not too good for my "after-Christmas-diet" though!

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  24. I have got to try this!! I love red velvet! And look at your new blog design! It looks great!!

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  25. this looks dee-lish!
    i featured you on my blog
    http://sometimesicraftmyself.blogspot.com/2011/02/tutorial-tuesday.html

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  26. Hi Maggie,
    Your Red Velvet Ice Cream looks amazing. I am sure going to make this for my husband, he will love it. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

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  27. OMG! Red velvet ice cream??!! How wonderful does that sound! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday! My thighs may not thank you, but I will!!

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  28. Maggie, my first time on your blog -LOVE IT! And the first thought that occurred to me as I see this deliciousness is she should totally be sending this to my event, so please do and any other super creation you are planning to come up with this month. http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/01/guest-event-coming-to-now-serving.html

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  29. I just made my first batch of homemade ice cream the other day-I was surprised by how simple it was. Since then, I have been looking for other great recipes to try. Yours is at the top of my must-do list! This looks great and is such a fun idea, especially with Valentine's Day coming up! This is my first time to your site, but it will not be my last-thank you for sharing!

    Shanon :)

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  30. Yum! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party:

    http://thetreasurista.blogspot.com/p/treasuristas-thursday-treasures-come.html

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  31. This sounds amazing! I love all things red velvet! I am your newest follower : )

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com

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  32. what a great take on red velvet. i will definetly put this on my to-make list...{but with hemp milk...} sigh.

    Pretty please link up to my winter blues link party "Indulge Your Sweet Tooth"

    http://momnivoresdilemma.blogspot.com/2011/02/beat-winter-blues-indulge-your-sweet.html

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  33. Yum! How special! I am including this in one of my upcoming Valentine Recipes Round Ups. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com

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  34. Oh, and your newest follower! Everything looks so lovely!

    Holly

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  35. Oh my goodness! If it wasn't snowing right now, I would be on my way to the store to buy the ingredients for this ice cream! It looks wonderful!!

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  36. I love Valentine's Day desserts, and yours looks so, so delicious! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Valentine's Day Recipe Contest! You could win a GreenPan Stainless Steel Todd's Perfect Gourmet Cook Set!

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  37. This looks AMAZING! I am definately trying this! Cute site!

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  38. Here is the link to the post where I featured this yummy ice cream! Have a great weekend!

    Blessings to you,
    Holly
    http://hallelujahsbyholly.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-my-mamas-sugar.html

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  39. Yummmm! I saw this on a link party and had to check it out! Me and my boyfriend are huge fans of red velvet anything - can't wait to try this! :o)

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  40. I just saw this post and YUMMY! I discovered red velvet only recently and did a post where I raved on & on about how good red velvet is! And now I see red velvet ice cream? I just have to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  41. I like it very much!

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