Let’s say you’re in the mood for a more low-key recipe. And that cold weather makes you crave ice cream like a certain husband of mine. Well, I have a … “recipe” for you. Really, it’s just my normal vanilla ice cream with some add-ins. But we need something simple sometimes.
I wanted to share some more popsicles I’ve made since we are quickly approaching the end of summer. Make these now, or save them for next year…or even make them with some frozen fruit maybe?
So, here I am in the throes of summer and I went to write about these popsicles I made…and realized my next posts would be in October! Not that you can’t enjoy popsicles year round, but I figured it might be a bit better if I changed the ordering of some posts and squeezed these in during the end of summer. There are actually two other popsicles I made as well this summer, both fruity, which might get a chance to shine soon…or I will just have to make them and blog them next summer!
It’s not quite the end of summer. It’s just the end of August. In fact, in Seattle, summer is considered to extend into September. Our summer starts a bit late (usually after July 4) and then is still going 2 months later. This ice cream is super easy to make since there are no eggs to temper, yet it still remains soft. I am not positive if the golden syrup is necessary for that. I am tempted to try it with all granulated sugar and not partial syrup, but I also don’t want to mess with a good thing. It is a really dark color because I used black cocoa (bought from King Arthur Flour). If you don’t have it, or just don’t feel like paying for it (it’s a bit expensive), you could also use a high-quality cocoa powder that is Dutch-processed. I say high-quality just because if you are going to go to the effort to make ice cream, you may as well use nice ingredients. And for chocolate ice cream, don’t you want the chocolate to be gooooood?
I am titling this “Version 1” because everything was great…except the ice cream isn’t a perfect smooth texture, so I would like to try to improve that for next time.
So, I finally got around to making no-churn ice cream. I haven’t had much time for making dessert recently, but we also haven’t needed much since we’re still getting through cake, toffee, cookies, and other treats. We really haven’t needed ice cream since we have had an endless cycle of: the grocery store gives me a coupon for ice cream, I use the coupon…they give me another coupon, we get more ice cream….blah blah blah. Buuuut, it was near the end of summer and we were already getting some dark, rainy days. I wanted to get my last summer feelings by making this. And yes, I am sharing this a couple weeks later, so maybe you’re not in the mood. But maybe you are? Maybe you miss summer? Or maybe you’re excited that you don’t need to touch a frozen ice cream churner bowl to make ice cream? That was exciting for me. I also liked that it is no-cook, so I could make it while the Fudgelet played, and it didn’t require constant monitoring.
Before the Fudgelet was even eating solid food, I heard of making yogurt melts. A mom had shared a Pinterest picture where someone piped out small bits of flavored yogurt and froze them for her baby. I attempted it once he started eating food, but he did not care for yogurt at all, and I was not going to waste my time with the piping. I didn’t want to waste the yogurt mixture I had made, though, so I ended up filling some silicone molds with it. Lo and behold, a few months later he loves them, especially the ones from the Lego people mold I have. So, I am sharing what worked for me and how you can alter it for your own taste buds.