i haven’t actually posted anything concerning food in a while…like since the 19th. it’s not that i haven’t been cooking, it’s that i have been cooking poorly. as i have mentioned before i do a lot of cooking on the weekends. well, this past weekend was a tough one. i wasn’t super busy or anything… on friday night i went out, to a bar that is, for a coworkers birthday. i never go out. hardly ever. and if i do it is almost always with my friend brooke. well, she figured that we hadn’t gone out since last may. over a year ago. we declared it was time. there is a bar in town called the red martini. they have open bar for the ladies (blech…hey ladies…) from 10-midnight. let me just say i’m a lush and i hate it. mostly.
so, saturday was a complete waste as i was nursing a pounding headache and generally feeling bad about life. this is why i don’t go out. i tried to make lemon-yogurt panna cotta with blueberry gelatin for shf, but failed miserably. there were gelatin globs in the blueberry gelatin layer. the panna cotta didn’t set up and the lemon zest was stringy and got stuck in my teeth. gross, gross, gross.
sunday i tried my hand at making roll-out midnight crackles, but put in double the amount of flour and i ended up with crumbly midnight pebbles. after throwing the whole mess into the trash, i promptly left my apartment for the cookie-drama-free apartment of brooke’s and did not return until well into the evening.
monday was too busy of an evening to re-attempt the cookie making. i went to a rocky votolato show. swoon, sigh, repeat. we stood up front and he sang all of my favorite songs. i am just going to say that i love rocky. i want to make him cookies. or jam. or a cake. i love that i started listening to him when sean and i began dating and that i have so many fond memories attached to his music. and that would be an understatement.so, finally to the ice cream sandwiches. the one productive thing i did on sunday was make the ice cream for the sandwiches. i made a blueberry and raspberry crème anglaise…but it wasn’t that berry-y. i think that i should have used more berries (i did about 15 oz.) or something. it turned out pretty good however, super rich and creamy with a touch of berry flavor. i did end up retrying the midnight crackle roll-outs. they are a pretty amazing, slightly spicy, dark chocolate cookie. perfect for ice cream sandwiches.* so, after all of that…i will be submitting this to shf hosted by susan from food blogga. the theme is berries…thus berry ice cream sandwiches. enjoy!
blueberry and raspberry ice cream
like i said, i didn’t use that many berries and this turned out much less berry-y than i anticipated…and also a light gray-purple color. quite appetizing. i use helen from tartlette’s ice cream recipe at a starting point and adapt from there.
1 1/2 cups cream
1 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
15 oz (or more!) mixture if blueberries and raspberries
2 tbsp sugar
1 lemon, juiced
whisk yolks and sugar in a large bowl until pale and thick, set aside. heat milk and cream in saucepan until just before the boiling point and remove from heat. do not boil. slowly temper the milk and cream into the egg yolk and sugar mixture. pour back into saucepan (at this point i usually pour it through a sieve just in case) and stir constantly over low heat until the custard mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.
cook berries in a medium saucepan with 2 tbsp sugar and the juice of one lemon, just until the berries burst and break down. place in a bowl and chill. i blended and strained the berries for a smooth puree, but that is completely optional.
cool completely in the refrigerator overnight.
*note: they were pretty firm. actually they were hard. i still liked them, but the large amount of chocolate in the dough made them hard after freezing. so, if you like a soft sandwich these are not the cookie for you.