When it comes to the weather this past week has been a brutal one by me. Days over 90’s with the feel like temperature even higher. Ugh! Needless to say, I have been avoiding turning on my oven at all costs. I was going to skip making something to celebrate Christmas in July this year, but then I decided to make something perfect for this time of year… ice cream. A No-Churn Peppermint Chip Ice Cream. Peppermint, the flavor synonymous with the holidays and one that is quite refreshing for these hot days.
I began by whipping heavy cream until stiff peaks formed. I then beat in sweetened condensed milk, the all-important peppermint extract and a few drops of red food coloring to give it a nice, but somewhat subtle, pink hue. The red food coloring is completely optional. Once everything was incorporated well, I folded in mini chocolate chips and then transferred the mixture to a loaf pan I lined with wax paper. I topped the ice cream with a few crushed peppermint candies. This is completely optional as well. You could also fold in some crushed peppermint candies into the ice cream along with the chocolate chips. I then covered the pan with a piece of wax paper and then aluminum foil and placed it in the freezer overnight.
And the next day I had a delicious (and cold) treat to help me beat the heat and celebrate Christmas in July!
No-Churn Peppermint Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
5-6 drops red liquid food coloring, optional
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies, optional
Line a 9 x 5 -inch loaf pan with wax paper, leaving an overhang, and set aside.
In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream with a hand mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Add in the sweetened condensed milk, the peppermint extract and food coloring (if using) and continue beating on medium speed until well incorporated. Fold in the mini chocolate chips and then transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.
If desired, sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top and then cover with a piece of wax paper and aluminum foil and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
Today marks the unofficial end of the summer. While the calendar may say that we still have a little over two weeks left to the season, with schools back in session, pumpkin spice everything popping up in stores and some cooler temps there is no doubt that Fall is just around the corner. That’s fine by me as it is my favorite season. It’s been quite some time since I posted an ice cream recipe, just under two years and surprise surprise it was for a No Churn Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, so I decided that this unofficial end was the perfect excuse for another ice cream recipe. A flavor that can help to extend the feeling of summer… A No Churn Key Lime Ice Cream.
If you love a classic key lime pie you are going to love this ice cream. It has all the ingredients of the traditional pie (key lime juice, lime zest, sweetened condensed milk), whipped cream (folded into the mixture as opposed to piped on top) and graham cracker crumbles. And best of all you don’t need an ice cream machine to churn up a batch of it. Just mix all the ingredients together and transfer it to loaf pan and then freeze until firm.
One thing I have yet to come across during the season of pumpkin spice craze is pumpkin spice ice cream. Now, I am sure if you go to a specialty ice cream shop you may find it, but what I am referring to is a pint or carton of it at your local grocery store. I have seen pumpkin cheesecake, but, never just plain old pumpkin. Quite a few years ago I actually made a pumpkin ice cream using my ice cream maker but recently while chatting with a friend she mentioned the same thing, that she wished they would sell a pumpkin spice ice cream and that got me thinking to tweak my original recipe to create a no-churn version.
I began by placing a metal bowl and the beaters of my hand mixer in the freezer for about 30 minutes. While those items chilled I combined a can of condensed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract in a large bowl and whisked them together until they were well blended. Once the bowl and beaters were chilled I used them to beat heavy cream until stiff peaks formed making sure not to overbeat the cream. Next, I gently folded in the whipped cream to the pumpkin mixture. I added about half of the whipped cream at first and then the remaining half and continued folding the two mixtures together until no streams of either remained.
Once the two mixtures were combined I transferred it to a metal loaf pan. I smoothed the top and then placed a piece of wax paper directly on the surface so ice crystals wouldn’t form on the ice cream. I wrapped the pan with aluminum foil and let it freeze overnight.
The following day I removed the aluminum foil and wax paper and let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping some out to enjoy.
And while I loved it and it tasted just as good as my original ice cream maker version, I will point out that due to the addition of real pumpkin you will get an authentic pumpkin taste with this ice cream. Not just the pumpkin spice flavor that many people prefer over actual pumpkin.
In a medium bowl beat the heavy cream using a hand held mixer until stiff peaks form, do not overbeat. Set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the condensed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract in a large bowl until well combined.
Gently fold half of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture for a few folds and then add in the remaining whipped cream. Continue to gently folding the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture until no streaks of either remain.
Transfer the mixture to a 9×5-inch metal loaf pan. Smooth the top and place a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper directly on the surface and then cover with aluminum foil.
Freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight. When ready to scoop, remove the aluminum foil and the plastic wrap (or wax paper) and let sit for a few minutes at room temperature.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Happy 1st (official) day of summer. I say official, because I am sure there are plenty of people who feel that Memorial Day is the kick-off to summer. Which, I don’t completely disagree with, but, the weather in my neck of the woods has been saying otherwise. There have been some warm days, but, quite a few days have felt like we are back in April with the rain, wind and chill in the air. As you know, April showers bring May flowers, well, we are well into June now Mother Nature so we don’t need so much of the rain. Hopefully she’ll listen. So, what better way to kick off summer than with some homemade ice cream. Last year I shared with you a No Churn Coffee-Caramel Ice Cream to kick off the summer and this year I am sharing with you a No Churn Passion Fruit Ice Cream. YUM! Passion Fruit happens to be my favorite Chobani Yogurt flavor. That’s where the idea for this ice cream flavor came about. I figured if it tasted good as a yogurt it ought to taste just as good as ice cream (and I was right.)
While I came across quite a few different recipes for this ice cream, I opted to go with one that required only 3 ingredients and less than 15 minutes of prep time. I purchased frozen passion fruit pulp from my local supermarket. To defrost it, I placed it in my refrigerator for about a day. Once it was defrosted I combined it with a can of sweetened condensed milk, whisking the two together until they were well combined. In another bowl, using my hand mixer, I whipped extra cold (I placed it in the freezer for 10 minutes) heavy cream until stiff peaks formed. I then added in the passion fruit mixture and beat everything together until just combined. I transferred the mixture to a loaf pan and placed a piece of wax paper directly on the surface before covering the pan with aluminum foil and then placing it in the freezer. And of course, I snuck a taste of it beforehand and it tasted just like my favorite Chobani yogurt, without the pesky little black seeds
After letting the ice cream set in the freezer for a few days (I am sure it was ready after a few hours, but, I happen to make this in the middle of week and was busy some doing baking and other things and totally forgot it was in freezer) I scooped myself a scoop or two and enjoyed it.
Passion Fruit Ice Cream
1 14 oz. package of Passion Fruit Pulp, defrosted
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup of cold heavy whipping cream
Place the heavy cream in the freezer for 10 -15 minutes.
In a medium bowl whisk together the defrosted passion fruit pulp and sweetened condensed milk.
In another medium bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Add the passion fruit mixture and continue beating until the two mixtures are combined.
Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan and place a piece of wax paper directly on the surface and the cover with a piece of aluminum foil before placing in the freezer. Free for at least 2 hours and up to two weeks.