The time of year after the holidays can get annoying. Is anyone with me on this?
I hate going back to work after having all this time off (especially in a year like 2011 was, where Christmas & New Years fall on a Sunday and most people get Monday off).
I hate taking down Christmas decorations.
I hate that I always put last year when I write the date.
I hate hearing people's New Year's resolutions, especially when they get all crazy like, "Oh, I resolved not to eat chocolate any more, and run 5 miles a day."
Ummm... good luck with that.
And you know what else I hate (that's actually completely unrelated, but equally annoying)?
When bloggers post incredible-looking recipes that require specialized equipment that I don't own.
And then I have to go out and buy things like a mandoline slicer, an ice cream machine, and a donut pan, and then I can't fit all this #%*& into my kitchen anymore, and HOW DARE YOU brainwash me with these delicious treats?
But I am totally guilty of this myself. Red Velvet Ice Cream. Apple Chips. Mini Baked Apple Cider Donuts. Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream....
...ok ok, I know, sorry!
There's still more that belong on that list - and we all know I probably won't stop there.
Sooo... I will try to make up for it (just a little bit) right now.
This ice cream is magic because you don't need an ice cream maker!
And even if you have an ice cream machine, you may still want to try this because this method is a) way easier and b) pretty cool. The ice cream comes out rich & creamy, and very scoopable even after days in the freezer.
By the way, for all you white-chocolate haters out there, worry not. I'm not entirely sure why there is an ounce of white chocolate in the original recipe ... probably to do with the texture or a slight upgrade in taste? But in no way does this ice cream taste like white chocolate, so don't be deterred by that.
P.S. - the reason why I made peppermint ice cream in the first place is because I saw this 'peppermint punch' on Pinterest and instead of eggnog someone suggested pouring ginger ale and Bailey's over the ice cream! Haven't tried it yet but I am definitely going to :)
“Magic” Peppermint Ice Cream
- 1/2 C. sweetened condensed milk
- 1 oz. white chocolate, chopped fine (or you can use white chocolate chips)
- 1 1/2 t. peppermint extract
- 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- couple drops of red food coloring (optional)
- 1/4 C. sour cream
- 1 1/4 C. cold heavy cream
Microwave sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate in large bowl until chocolate melts, stirring halfway, in 30-second intervals. Let cool. Stir in peppermint, vanilla, salt, red food coloring (if using) and sour cream.
With electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip heavy cream to soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Whisk one-third of whipped cream into white chocolate mixture. Fold remaining whipped cream into white chocolate mixture until incorporated. Mixture will be very light & airy.
Place in airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 2 weeks. Serve. Makes about 1 quart.
Recipe Adapted from Cooks Country