Friday, August 26, 2011

No-Bake Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

I thought I would just go ahead and get some recipes on, even though I haven't made them up yet, someday........

No-Bake Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
2 envelopes Know Unflavored Gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut
1 cup (1/2 pint) light cream or half and half
3 eggs
9-inch baked pastry shell or graham cracker crust
4 cups whipped cream or whipped topping
2 tablespoons coconut, toasted

In small saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute. Sitr over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
In blender or food processor, process cream of coconut, light cream and eggs until blended. While processing, through feed cap, gradually add gelatin mixture and process until blended. Chill blender container until mixture is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Turn into pastry shell; chill until firm, about 3 hours. Top with whipped cream and coconut. Makes about 12 servings.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Mom's Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe is not in my mom's box, but I wanted to put it on, as it is her recipe. I also put it on my other blog. Vanilla ice cream was a must every summer. We did have the old hand-crank freezer and then when electric freezers came out we switch over to that. Things have changed since the way I make it, so will be putting on that recipe also. Before mixing this up mom would put the mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer to get good and cold. I do remember it was so good, that I started to eat it too fast and would get brain freeze. Of course, we would fight over who got to lick the paddles. Yummy, stuff!

Home-made Vanilla Ice Cream

12 eggs, whole

1 quart cream

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Put all this in a mixer and mix until eggs are dissolved.

Immediately put in ice cream freezer and crank away until done.

*Note: back then we didn't worry about salmonella, so the the eggs were not heated up. This is why I don't use the recipe anymore.

Here is the recipe I have used for about the last 10 years.

French Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups whole milk

1 vanilla bean

6 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups heavy cream, chilled

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring the milk and vanilla bean just to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the vanilla bean from the milk. Using a small sharp knife, split open the bean and scrape the seeds into the milk. Discard the pod.

In the top of a double boiler, whisk the yolks with the sugar for 3 to 4 minutes, or until pale yellow. Gradually whisk in the hot milk. Place the top of the double boiler or the bowl over a pan of simmering (not boiling) water and cook, whisking constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the custard from the water and stir in the cream.

Chill the mixture for 30 minutes, then pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.

Makes about 1 quart.

This is a basic French vanilla custard type ice cream. If you just want a vanilla type ice cream you can use 3 whole eggs and follow the same instructions, making sure the mixture as it cooks, that the back of the spoon has a coating on it. Everything else is the same.