I am a newlywed on a budget, just trying to make healthy and inexpensive meals for my husband and I to enjoy. He eats a lot, so cost is a big factor. Though I work 3 jobs, I manage to find time 6 nights a week to cook a full dinner for us both. I am constantly looking for new recipes that are moderately healthy, taste great, and won't break the bank.

On the side, I also own a brownie business called Gersheybars. My passion and love for cooking started when I was just a small child, baking with my mom and grandmother. The brownie recipe has been passed down through 5 generations and I am thrilled to finally have an outlet to share them with everybody else. Friends and family have helped spread the word and made my business as successful as it is today.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Root Beer Float Ice Cream

We made a cake at work that only required egg whites, so I was able to bring home a plethora of yolks. And what do you make with egg yolks? Ice cream! Last night we made Ina Garten's Espresso ice cream, which is delicious. And tonight we made Root Beer Float ice cream. I brought home some root beer concentrate (also from work, of course!) and we just added it to Alton Brown's basic ice cream base recipe. So creamy and good. It tastes just like a float -- creamy and frothy, and just enough root beer. I also didn't have enough 1/2 and 1/2 for the recipe, so I ended up using 1 cup 1/2 and 1/2 and 3 cups heavy cream. It's luxurious!

**Quick Update** I don't recommend using this much cream! It's tasty, but the fat content is just a tad bit too high. I'd suggest using the original recipe of 3 cups 1/2 and 1/2 and 1 cup heavy cream.

  • 9 ounces sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3 cups 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 Tbsp root beer concentrate
  • 1 cup heavy cream

1. Over medium heat, bring the cream and 1/2 & 1/2 just barely to a simmer.

2. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks until they're light and creamy. Slowly whisk in the sugar until light and THICK. You want the mixture to fall from the whisk slowly and sort of clump when it reaches the bowl. If it's runny, keep whisking. It takes a while to get it to the right consistency.

3. Slowly add 1/3 of the cream into the eggs while whisking constantly. Once that's mixed and the eggs are tempered, slowly add the remaining cream into the eggs and whisk to combine. Add in the root beer concentrate and stir until thoroughly mixed.

4. Return cream/egg mixture to the heat, and stir on medium low until it reaches 170 degrees. Move mixture to a metal bowl and cool in sink filled with cold water. Once mixture reaches room temperature, refrigerate to 40 degrees.

5. Add mixture to ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's directions.

1 comment:

Joelen said...

Oooh what a fabulous flavor! My husband would love this!