My new ice cream maker has been one of the best things ever this summer!
For about two years now, we’ve been trying to eat clean… basically no processed foods which leaves out white sugar, flour, oils and basically anything that comes in a package. But we aren’t crazy strict with it. When we go out to eat, which is usually about once a week, we enjoy whatever we want. And we definitely indulge in the occasional treat now and then.
Problem is, I love ice cream. And there is a dukan across the street that sells decent ice cream sandwiches for less than a dollar. The occasional treat becomes the several-times-a-week-after-the-girls-are-asleep treat when summer time rolls around. So the ice cream maker has been awesome because it allows us (okay me) to indulge in sweet treats that we know aren’t filled with all sorts of junk!
I’ve had a hard time getting fresh cream here, so it’s been lots of experimenting with different bases – milk, coconut milk, yogurt, kefir… Some have been better than others, but the creamy the better in my opinion.
I had a bit of cream left over from a dish I made for the baby shower last week so I thought I’d use it to make some ice cream for dessert tonight… and came up with this creation which was absolutely amazing: horchata ice cream. The idea was inspired by Caleb’s comment earlier that cinnamon toast is a comfort food and my growing annoyance at Cinnabon (seriously, it’s the one American chain here that actually tastes like the real deal… and they NEVER have cinnamon rolls ready to buy!!! I mean really, all you do is make cinnamon rolls… and yet you are out of cinnamon rolls?!?) So back to my ice cream:
Technically it’s not horchata, because it doesn’t have rice or any nuts in it, but it sure does taste like it! I may or may not have had seconds and thirds and not even blamed the baby for it!
Horchata Ice Cream
1.5 cups cream
2 cups milk
2/3 cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp vanilla
Whisk all the ingredients together until the honey is broken up and the cinnamon is (mostly) dissolved. Add to your ice cream maker, wait not so patiently, and sa7tein!!