Tuesday, 16 July 2013

WSC Rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream with raspberry variation

When I saw that Choclette was asking bloggers to make chocolate ice cream of some sort for her We Should Cocoa event, I instantly dismissed the idea.  It is the middle of winter in Melbourne after all.  I am not even that keen on ice cream in the middle of summer.  Then I lay awake planning the ice cream I would make.  I made a disastrous iced butter with raspberry swirls in my first attempt.  My next attempt - rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream - was far better.

My siiblings and I often joke that we were so spoilt by my mum's delicious baked desserts that ice cream and fruit always seemed second best.  Of course the ice cream that I grew up with wasn't the gourmet flavours that are now available.  I never was much of a vanilla girl.  Nor was I ever interested in cream.  (And I have a niece and nephew who seem to have the same dislike).  I don't own an ice cream maker either.  Oh and I don't really like eggs.

I decided to try one of the no-churn ice creams made of cream and condensed milk.  (I first saw the recipe on Chele's Chocolate Teapot blog - the co-founder of the We Should Cocoa Event!)  It was the condensed milk that  I couldn't resist.  In fact as I made the ice cream and licked a spoon that had condensed milk on it, I found myself muttering, "Amazing!"  I consulted quite a few blogs and tried a rapsberry ripple and white chocolate ice cream.

However not using cream very often might explain why I beat the cream and condensed milk so much that it was buttery rather than creamy.  I also melted the white chocolate with some of the condensed milk because my last foray into choc chips in ice cream resulted in rock hard chocolate.  I tried to swirl it quite unsuccessfully.  Not my finest moment in the kitchen.  Fortunately I have two ice cream enthusiasts in my house.  They loved the huge nuggets of fudge in the ice cream.  With some adjustments I think this ice cream would work well so I have included a recipe below.

However my attempt a rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream was far more successful.  Inspired by the rhubarb sorbet at Stac Polly in Edinburgh last year, I knew this was an unusual but delicious ice cream flavour.  I found more inspiration online.  You can see above that I did a far better job at whipping the cream and condensed milk than in the first ice cream.  Yes, I was paranoid about whipping it too much and used the electric beaters on low.

The ice cream was a success.  In fact I think this was definitely the easiest and best tasting ice cream I have ever made.  (Not that I have a great track record!)  It was creamy but satisfied me with the chunks of rhubarb.  I even could have had more rhubarb.  If I was to nitpick, it was perhaps a bit creamy and the choc chips were slightly too hard for my liking (I preferred the chocolate fudge in the rapsberry version).  My mum found it very sweet.  E drizzled some maple syrup on his and said he really liked the buttery texture of the raspberry ice cream. 

Leaving the ice cream out of the fridge for 5 or so minutes before serving is advised.  My trusty old ice cream scoop couldn't cope with the frozen stuff.  Fortunately (and strangely given my feelings about ice cream) I had a second scoop - a plastic one - that coped just fine.

Sometimes we ate it in a bowl and sometimes in ice cream cones.  Sylvia was very excited about the ice cream cones.  When I took a picture of my cone she put hers beside it.  I also though I would include a photo of our new puppet theatre.  We went into K-Mart looking for a pinboard and came out with this.  It was fun using it to photograph the ice cream and Sylvia has been using it more as a shop (as demonstrated by Dolly) than a puppet theatre.  At least we are getting some use out of it.

While on an aside, I can share a little family anecdote.  I was so surprised when I told my mum that I was making ice cream with condensed milk and she said her mum used to do the same.  Strange.  I don't remember my grandmother ever making ice cream.  When I asked about it, my mum said it was when she was a kid.  Their fridge didn't have a freezer but it did have a little ice block compartment.  My grandmother would make ice cream and freeze it in small amounts in an ice block container.

I am pleased to have finally tried this style of ice cream making and find it really does work well without an ice cream maker.  In summer I might experiment more.  I have been wondering if it is possible to make a vegan version with soy condensed milk and coconut cream.  Or maybe I could find a recipe for no churn ice cream without the cream.  The whole science of what makes ice cream creamy when frozen without an ice cream machine is still a mystery.  One that I am beginning to grapple with,  And loving it.

Other inspirational ice cream recipes (no ice cream maker required)

Banoffee ice cream - Cake Crumbs and Cooking
Bounty ice cream - Fuss Free Flavours
Cinder toffee ice cream - BBC Good Food
Mint chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream - Elizabeth's Kitchen
Passionfruit ice cream - The Kitchen Maid
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe - Leite's Culinaria
Vegan blueberry ice cream - Diet Dessert and Dogs

Rhubarb and white chocolate ice cream

300ml cream
1/2 cup (125ml) condensed milk
3/4 cup stewed rhubarb (see below)
- 1/4 stirred and 1/2 swirled
100g white choc chips

Beat together cream and condensed milk until thick and creamy.  (Do not overbeat or it becomes buttery.)  Fold through 1/4 cup of the rhubarb until combined.  Gently swirl through rhubarb and choc chips.  Pour into a plastic container and freezer for at least 6 hours before eating.

Stewed Rhubarb

1 bunch of rhubarb (about 6 large stalks)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp honey
juice of 1 lime
2-3 tbsp water

Place all ingredients into a medium to large saucepan.  Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes until the rhubarb is quite thick and bubbly but at a little water if sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.

NOTES: This is a thicker rhubarb stew than I usually do but works in the ice cream.  It is also quite tart but again once paired with the sweet ice cream that is quite nice.

Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream with White Chocolate Fudge

100g raspberries
1 tsp lemon juice
80g white chocolate
50g of condensed milk
300g cream
155ml condensed milk

Gently heat raspberries with lemon juice in a small saucepan until you have a pulpy mixture.  Push through a sieve and discard the seedy stuff that is left in  a sieve.  Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile melt 80g of white chocolate with 5og of condensed milk until a thick mixture.  I tried to swirl this through the ice cream but if doing it again I would spread into a brownie tin and cool.  Once cool I would cut into chunks.

Beat together cream and condensed milk until thick and creamy.  Swirl through the raspberry puree and white chocolate fudge chunks.  Pour into a plastic tub and freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.

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23 comments:

  1. I confess, Johanna, I'm not much of an ice cream aficionado either. However, my hesitation with this recipe comes from the rhubarb. I have never been able to warm up to it at all!!!

    I give you a lot of credit for trying and finally coming up with a recipe all of you can enjoy.

    The puppet theatre is adorable!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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    1. Thanks Louise - what a shame - at least one of the benefits of the internet is that you don't have to eat it :-) glad I included the puppet theatre to give you a smile

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  2. I love swirly ice cream! There was an ice cream available when I was young called a Twister and that was my favourite! :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - I think I remember the twister - my favourite was gaytimes - maybe a butterscotch swirl would be good

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  3. Sounds beautiful and lovely looking texture. So much easier than trying to make a custard base.

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    1. Thanks Katie - making custard to make ice cream always seems strange to me - but then I have never been that interested in making custard from scratch with eggs.

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  4. Oh this is so my jam. Will be awaiting your coconut trials with bated breath!

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    1. Thanks Hannah - I thought I should have a look at some of the ice creams you are tasting to get a few ideas for kooky ice cream flavours

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  5. What a fun adventure in ice cream making - and like Hannah I am excited at the coconut and soy condensed milk possibility. I was never excited by plain ice cream but have always enjoyed 'interesting' flavours, and also flavours with bits in them. Both would be well satisfied here. And I had to smile at your imagination running off with the challenge even when you'd decided it was the wrong season :-)

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    1. Thanks Kari - I love a challenge - just need to find a bit of time for some vegan experiments now - I do enjoy an ice cream with interesting flavours - E used to get Ben and Jerrys when we were in the UK - but it always seems second fiddle to cake

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  6. Delicious twist using rhubarb!

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    1. Thanks Yummy C - I really loved the rhubarb - wondered if I should add more or if it would make the ice cream too icy

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  7. This icecream looks fabulous! My mother tried making icecream with condensed milk.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - hope your mum's ice cream turned out well

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  8. White chocolate rhubarb ice cream sounds good no matter what season you're in! So glad you decided to forge ahead and participate!!

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    1. Thanks Joanne - there are two residents in this house who were very happy I decided to participate - we finished the ice cream today and I think there are high expectations of ice cream in the freezer now!

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  9. You've appealed to two of my favourite foods - rhubarb and white chocolate. Might wait till Summer hits though!

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    1. Thanks Leigh - definitely a summer food - I must be crazy making it in winter!

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  10. Rhubarb and white chocolate is a lovely combination for icecream! I'm sorry to see what it did to your older scoop, though.

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    1. Thanks Cindy - I thought this scoop was a sturdy old fashioned one but I think I bought it cheaply somewhere only a few years back (and I bent a teaspoon on ice cream tonight) - it pays to have a back up scoop :-)

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  11. This looks wonderful! I think I'd have loved it as a child! Vanilla was my favorite ice cream back then, but I liked everything sweet. Actually I loved ice cream a lot! Anyway, since I had to stop eating dairy at age 12, I've had only fruit sorbet since then. And now I'm realizing that I don't respond well to fruit either, so no ice cream for me anymore. :P

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    1. Thanks Kath - E really likes vanilla ice cream but I love fruity and chocolate flavours. What a shame you had to give it up. I have been trialling a vegan ice cream that I will post some time.

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  12. So glad to hear you've now become an ice-cream convert Johanna. This is such an easy recipe to make. I find it a bit too sweet, but it works well with tart fruit. I used a less condensed milk in my latest iteration which I have yet to blog about and it was less sweet and even better. Funny we should both choose rhubarb, but both are different. I've seen the condensed milk version made with coconut milk instead of cream - you'll see on the round-up, when I get it done.

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