Mid-January. Dreary. Chilly. Snowy?
Dreaming of spring and summer sunshine…or maybe for the lucky…already dallying resort-side or at a spa. Dreaming of…creamy fresh made ice cream.
Guess what? Today is Strawberry Ice Cream Day.
The Menu Shoppe has it covered. Fresh-made recipes. Best gourmet crafts. Maybe craft a special ice cream menu…floats and sundaes…or creamy dreamy cocktails. Or an LED Board to post specials.
Here’s a few “best of” ice cream parlors…
Ici Ice Cream of Berkeley, CA
Ici offers 11 flavors of ice creams, sorbets and sherbets that can be enjoyed in cups or hand rolled, chocolate filled tip, ice cream cones. Their creamy ice cream is handmade fresh daily using only organic dairy and sustainable products. Flavors include: Rose, Brandied Cherry, and Green Tea. Also featuring bombes and bites. ici-icecream.com
Annabelle’s of Portsmouth, NH
Since 1982 in that quaint seaside community, now having shops throughout the NE area. 30 flavors include: Strawberries and Cream, White Pistachio, Coffee Espresso. annabellesicecream.com
Shain’s of Maine Ice Cream of Sanford, ME
For over 30 years Shain’s of Maine has been the leader in innovative ice cream flavors Flavor menu includes: Bubble Gum, Coffee Brownie + Strawberry of course. shainsofmaine.com
Try some fresh made from your own kitchen…
Fresh-made Strawberry Ice Cream
1 quart fresh strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
3/4 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
Place the berries into the container of a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Pour into a large bowl, and set aside. Heat 1 1/4 cups of the cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to bubble at the edge of the pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, egg yolks, remaining 1/4 cup cream, and corn syrup. Gradually pour the hot cream into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan, and heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes. Do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain custard into the berry puree through a sieve, mix, and refrigerate until chilled. Fill an ice cream maker with the mixture, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
…and for more grown-up hankering…
30 mls Grand Marnier
15 mls Kahlua
15 mls Irish Cream
30 mls orange juice
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy
…and then there’s the newish Qream Liqueur….that seems a strawberry ice cream dream
1 1/2 oz Strawberry Qream™
1/4 oz Ciroc Coconut
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and stir well. Pour into a martini glass. Trim with a blossom.
3 1/2 oz Strawberry Qream™
1/2 oz Godiva Chocolate Vodka
cocoa powder ( optional )
strawberry for trim ( optional )
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Stir well. Pour into a cocoa-powder rimmed martini glass. qreamwithaq.com/home.html#/page/9
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