Jul 6, 2010

Cookies and Cream (Haägen Dazs Copycat)

Cookies and Cream 

Confession booth open? I don’t like food that requires 2 cups of cream with a little seasoning and that’s it. Sure, I like a hint of cream/sour cream just as much as the next guy, but if the flavor has to come from cream or butter alone, I’ll pass. Probably why I switch channels when the Barefoot Contessa is on: using 3 sticks of butter for a lunch goes way beyond my imagination. Different strokes for different folks.


Same applies to ice cream. I just bought an ice cream maker—a Philips machine that turned out so-so—and it would be easy to combine 2 cups of cream with sugar, some vanilla extract and that’s it, but I don’t want to do that. Just like any other kid, my son loves ice cream, but I feel there’s way too much calories when it’s prepped like that. Two scoops of ice cream is most likely more than half, if not all, of his daily fat intake in just one sitting! I dunno, it doesn’t feel right.

So lucky for me there are other ways, slightly healthier ways, that taste every bit as good. Here’s my favorite and perhaps wee bit unorthodox recipe for a copycat version of J-man’s (and mine) all-time favorite ice cream: Haägen Dazs Cookies & Cream. 

Ingredients: 

4 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 small vanilla pod
5 Oreo’s 



Directions: 

*This recipe is egg-free, so it’s perfect for those of you who are pregnant, have kids or who are simply concerned about a possible salmonella infection.

Pour 2 cups of milk (I used 2%) in a sauce pan.
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And stir in 4 tbsp flour.
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Open up 1 small vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and add them to the milk. Alternately you could use 1 or 2 tsp vanilla extract in stead, but substituting one for the other is like comparing a Harley Davidson to a scoot-mobile.
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Add 1/4 tsp salt. Somehow the ice cream needs the salt, it tastes ‘off’ when I don’t add it.
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And throw in 2 tbsp granulated sugar.
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Put the pan on the stove and slowly heat it until the milk starts to thicken. This will take a few minutes. Keep stirring!
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The ice cream base will now be much thicker but still pourable. You don’t want it to be too thick or your ice cream machine will jam. Transfer it to a bowl and let it cool off.
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As soon as the vanilla milk has cooled off, stir in 1/2 a cup sweetened condensed milk. This will give your ice cream plenty of flavor, sweetness and richness.
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Let the mix get really cold before adding it to the ice cream maker. And I mean really cold. 

Transfer it to the ice cream maker and let it do its thing. This machine turned out to be a less than stellar buy, let me tell you that.
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Right before the ice cream is done, crumble up 5 Oreo’s and add them to the machine. Don’t let the machine mix them up too long, you want coarser pieces as well.
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See, mine is still a touch on the soft side, so I put it in the freezer (In a Tupperware container) for another one to two hours.
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And that be the stuff that dreams are made of, cookies and cream.
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Kay’s Recipe Card

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Cookies & Cream
Ingredients
    4 tbsp flour
    2 cups milk
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 tbsp sugar
    1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
    1 small vanilla pod
    5 oreo’s
Directions
    Open up a vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Combine the milk with the flour, salt, vanilla seeds and sugar and cook until the sauce has thickened. This will take a few minutes.

    Let the ice cream base cool off and add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir well and let the mix get really cold, and stir well before adding it to the ice cream bowl.

    Let your ice cream maker do its thing and right before the ice cream is done, crumble in the Oreo’s. Put the ice cream back in the freezer for one or two hours. Serve with an extra oreo on the side.
Meal type: dessert
Servings: 4
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Jun 29, 2009

Pineapple & Tequila Kabobs

  I can be short about this. Because I’m not much of a dessert person but I am a fruit nut, I give you fruit. And booze. And ice cream. I’m such a bad influence! This is the perfect ending to a BBQ with friends! Provided you’re actually BBQing (which I wasn’t). Sloppiest photo posting ever. Sorry in advance; I shot these photos while I had guests to feed and had…