Thursday, February 11, 2016
And the Winner Is
Those were Buttered Pecan, Blueberry, Lemon and as a last thought, this strawberry. Oh, my. I mean really. It's a good thing Lent hadn't started, I'd be on my knees all month for this one.
I'm a substitution cook. Generally I follow a recipe as given the first time but not always. I like to think of recipes as "suggestions." If you cook a lot and know flavors, you can generally read a recipe and taste it. If I don't have a listed ingredient I will substitute something else.
In strawberry season I like to make up a small container or two of sliced, sugared berries to put in the freezer for this time of year when I want a taste of summer and hanker for a strawberry sundae. I don't make freezer jam (or cooked jam) because I don't eat it much and Friend Marge gives us a jar of black raspberry jam for Christmas and it lasts a whole year for me. PH doesn't eat it and I have some only occasionally.
Last summer I made a small batch of freezer strawberry jam. I don't know why. I think the freezer jams taste so much closer to the actual fruit I guess I was just thinking I'd be hungry for some come winter.
Last week I had enough whipping cream to make one last batch for the friends dinner Friday night and I thought of the frozen ice cream strawberries I usually have. I dug through the freezer and couldn't find any, but there was one lonely little cup of freezer jam. I looked at it and thought, "hmmmmm...." I knew it would taste truly strawberry-y and it was already sugared so the sweetness factor would be jumped up. It was runny, as freezer jams are. Hmmm.....
I put it on the counter to thaw and when I ran the cream mixture through the ice cream freezer I opened the strawberry jam and dumped it in. I stuck a spoon down into the mixture to taste and knew I had a winner.
Our daughter loves strawberry ice cream and when the family came to help eat the turkey leftovers on Sunday I pulled out our four flavors. She thought this one was over the top. She said,
"This is what I want for my birthday. No cake. Just this."
Of all the ice creams I've made this one is the clear winner.