I’m writing this post while perched atop a stationary bike at the gym (anything to get my mind off the task at hand). I have a beautiful view of the city in front of me, but I’m stuck up here on the 23rd floor and all I want to do is run around outside and blast Pray to God – Calvin Harris through my earbuds. But Downtown LA isn’t the safest place to be running at this time of night so this will have to do for now.
This post is the reason I’m in the gym tonight. Ice creeeeeam!
December is the month I bought a giant packet of candycanes, thinking the guests we do have will love it when they visit. But we rarely have enough guests to ever rid ourselves of the 40 candycanes I impulsively purchased anyways, and they are added to the sad little pile of
unloved unused candycanes in the back of the pantry.
But this year I discovered Peppermint Ice Cream and that ice cream machines aren’t all that expensive because of a beautiful thing called Amazon and I will waste candycanes no more.
I’ll admit, I’ve never had an ice cream maker before so I stood in the kitchen for 20 minutes watching in complete awe as the machine did its business. With the Cuisinart machine, you get a soft serve ice cream once the machine is done. Transfer it to a dish/container and put it in the freezer for a few more hours to get a thicker ice cream.
To decorate, I used black and pink candy melts to create the ears and face of the kitty. Then I sprinkled bits of the leftover crushed candycane on top. Inspiration for the faces comes from the animal donuts that took the interwebs by storm last year, a must eat the next time I get to visit Japan!
Peppermint Ice Cream
Adapted from Leigh Anne @ yourhomebasedmom.com
Recipe makes 2 quarts
I N G R E D I E N T S :
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup half and half
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup crushed candycanes
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
1. Make sure your ice cream machine is ready to go by placing the bowl in the freezer overnight (or whichever method you use for your machine). I use this one by Cuisinart!
2. Mix the whole milk, half and half, and heavy cream together.
3. Add in the sugar, vanilla and peppermint extracts, and salt.
4. Pour into your ice cream maker.
5. Half way through the churning process, add in the crushed candycanes.
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