January, you're great. You're full of hopeful resolutions for the future, snowy days, and feelings of fresh starts. You know what you deserve? ICE CREAM. Good thing my resolutions this year have nothing to do with eating healthy. Instead, they have to do with the making and eating of many a fine ice cream.
2016... in my own little world shall be known as the year of homemade ice cream! I do love a good challenge, especially one that challenges me to get creative in the kitchen. Hence, I am commencing the 12 Months of Ice Cream Project!
It is fairly self-explanatory, there are 12 months of the year, so I will make 12 new flavours of homemade ice cream. It can't be that hard, right?
If in the ever evolving case of my life I happen to be abroad or busy or forgetful, I will make up for a month by making two ice creams another time. It's okay, I just get more ice cream. There are no rules really, I AM IN CHARGE! Basically, my goal is to try as many recipes as possible from THIS BOOK which was a gift to me from my parents. They know me well. They also just want me to make them ice cream. I'm definitely cool with that.
I am a big fan of Jeni's Splendid ice creams. Although I have never actually set foot in one of her shops, let alone taste any of her creations, I have used her recipes to make my own homemade ice creams. I can say that they are my favourite recipes to use! They are simple to follow, always turn out amazing, and do not leave me with with half a dozen egg whites to deal with. I am a fan. One day, ONE DAY I will visit a Jeni's shop, and what a splendid day that will be. The only downside will be having to choose which flavour...
As for January, I decided to go for something simple, a classic: Milk Chocolate. You might be saying, BORING! PREDICTABLE! I did too at first. But I had to. Choco Ice Cream and I go way back. It's my go-to. Fail safe. Can't go wrong. Etc etc. Also, If I can make a good chocolate ice cream, then I think I have succeeded at life.
My mother often tells me the story of when she was pregnant with me, and how she would crave chocolate ice cream. The night before I was born, my mother woke up in the night, crept downstairs, and savoured a bowl of chocolate ice cream. Mere hours later, I entered the world... (probably ravenous for more chocolate). Like I said, chocolate ice cream and I? We have a special thing.
Milk Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
We're off to a grand start. Here's to more homemade ice creams!