FOOD MATTERS

Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

What's with the Heat!

Ice cream


Ummm.. I am really curious.. What IS happening to the climate around the world. As bizzare as it sounds, the East coast seems to be caught rather scorchingly flatfooted between the surrealistic chill of the West Coast and Europe! I cannot help but wonder if this is not some kind of cosmic vengeance for the dithering politics of Washington?!

Nevertheless, it is always the poor souls who bear the brunt of any tirade. For about 350 days of the year, I love my cute, little 1800's apartment with it's original fixtures, huge windows that let in a lot of natural sun light, old coil radiators, seperate kitchen and no air conditioning. Yes.. NO built in air conditioning!

Blackberry icecream sandwich in plate


For the rest of the 15 days I debate weather all that charm and, yes, even that one NYC luxury of an independent kitchen, is really worth the blistering heat that those lovely, large windows, and being on the top floor, let in. Forgive my rants, but I am currently ensconced in one of the 2 rooms that has an a/c and dreading stepping out of the cool haven even to pee!

Ofcourse, the heat translates to much cool consumption and ice cream beats the boat by a mile lead! :) With the season's abundance of refreshing fruits, the possibilities are endless and it's only a matter of pick and play and you have delectable delights that offer glimmers of happiness in the midst of heat-ridden lethargy...

Blackberries and Sage


Sometime back, I was in the mood of combining sweet and savory. I find herbs add a flavor element to sweets that elevates the simplest creations to a new experience for the palate. Besides, as our palate grows, it becomes ever more persnickety and such experiences are no longer coveted but indeed essential, like this Peach and Thyme Icecream I made last year.

So became this Blackberry and Sage Icecream! I love blackberries.. they are naturaly sweet (perhaps the sweetest of all the berries) and combining them with the earthy sage creates the perfect symphony on your tongue. It's a play and a whimsical one at it! :)




Blackberry and Sage Icecream

1-1.5 cups ripe blackberries
2 tsp sugar
7-8 fresh sage leaves

For the custard:
3 egg yolks
1-1/4 cup half and half
3 thyme stalks
1/4 cup sugar

Blackberries and Sage icecream sandwiches


Over low heat, cook the blackberries and sugar until the juices start releasing. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until they are just soft but stil retain some shape. Set aside to cool.

With a hand whisk, cream the yolks and sugar together until light yellow in color. Meanwhile, heat the half and half with the sage leaves until just barely simmering. Remove the pan from heat and discard the sage. Slowly, and while continuously whisking the mixture, incorporate the hot milk into the yolk mixture.

To prepare the custard, pour the mixture back in to the pan and over medium heat, gently heat the mixture, stirring often. The mixture will start to thicken. Continue heating until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon (about 8 - 10 minutes) and if you run your finger along the back of the spoon, the streak remains without the cream running down through the streak.

Remove from heat immediately. Do not over heat as the eggs will curdle (done that before!). Whisk the mixture for a minute to stop the custard from cooking further. Strain through a fine sieve to remove any lumps or scrambles. Stir in the blackberry sauce till fully incorporated. Cool the mixture to room temperature.

Cover the custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast two hours until completely chilled. At this point, you can process the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream machine, once the custard mixture is cold, move it to the freezer. After about 45 minutes, check on the mixture. If it has started freezing on the edges, remove and whip up the mixture with a hand-held mixer to break the ice crystals and incorporate some air to create the fluffiness.

Return to the freezer and repeat the whisking every hour, three more times. By this time, volume of the ice cream would have doubled. If it hasn't, then you are not whisking enough each time. After the final repetition, freeze the mixture for atleast 6 hours or overnight.

25 comments:

  1. That looks delicious, even on a chilly rainy evening like we are having here. I am sure that heat is a pain around there, but what I would give for some sunshine ;-)

    Just one little question (I feel so silly): Where did that peach puree come from?

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  2. Yes, the weather is out of order... We are freezing over here and I cannot stop craving comfort food. :-$

    That ice cream sounds marvelous! What an interesting flavor combo.

    Awesome clicks! I love your work.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. This looks amazing and so delicious .

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  4. @Karin: My bad! correcting asap!

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  5. Global warming it is. I completely empathize because we also don't have central air...just the little deafening window thing. Your ice cream looks like a perfect antidote. Delicious!

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  6. I've never been adventurous enough to add herbs to sweet desserts-. this ice cream looks darling tough! Stay cool!!

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  7. This looks delicious. Did you read the summer foods feature in NYT last week - covered these ice cream sandwiches.

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  8. Blackberry and sage? Would have never thought that. But I'm sure the flavors are great! Looks beautiful

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  9. Cute combination !! Send a little bit of sunshine here please!!!

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  10. I have a neighbor who has just gotten back from New York. She was complaining about how hot it is to walk outside.... I am glad I am not there at this time :)... Love the creative flavours of these ice cream sandwich. Hope the heat recedes soon.

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  11. Cosmic vengeance for sure! But 78 and sunny in Los Angeles and I am not complaining... GREG

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  12. That is beautiful Asha! And I can totally relate to living in a house with no built-in-AC- we have one and that too in a place like Arizona! But with treats like these to cool you off, things do seem better!

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  13. The temp here in Bahrain is going crazy like its supposed to, so no surprises..

    The ice cream with the sage twist- very very interesting.

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  14. I completely agree that herbs take desserts to a diff level. And this surely looks way up...Liked ur writing style!!

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  15. Totally agreed on this global warming issues. Nature is giving back to what we did to it.

    Ice cream looks delicious and love the combination. As always loved loved loved your pictures.

    I am having a summer drink giveaway in my blog. Do check it out when you get a chance.

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  16. It's freezing here in Australia (as freezing as it gets here anyway) - I would give anything for a bit of that warmth! Regardless I'd love to try that ice cream, I'm always looking to try new flavours.

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  17. I love the sound of this ice cream flavor and spreading it between cookies must make it even better! Stay cool! I can't imagine not having central a/c...but I live in Phoenix where it runs half the year! These cookie sandwiches are a much needed cool-down :)

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  18. Asha,

    Very beautiful pictures and presentation. Icecream combination is unique, but whipping four times at one hour interval is little too much work.

    Please do correct peach chunks from your last sentence in the recipe.

    I wonder how many bloggers really read recipe before commenting.

    I like to check your blog at some interval. Best and unique work.

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  19. Looks wonderful! Love it! Perfect for a hot day.

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  20. That looks like one fabulous icecream! As for the weather... maybe we should mix our climates, so we actually both have perfect temperatures. It's been far too wet and cold on this side but I can see how all that heat would be a little too much to take too. It's weird the weather; that's for sure!

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  21. How gorgeous is this!!! and such a beautiful way to present it .. sandwiched between biscuits.. reminds me of sandwich icecream when I was little!

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  22. Love love love the ice cream recipe. The weather has been crazy here too. I could have used the ice cream sandwich today. By my house, it reached about 92 degrees.

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  23. loved visiting ur lovely space....
    that was a very tempting way to enjoy the summer

    http://www.panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

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  24. That ice cream sandwich looks fantastic and so yummy

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