Saturday, August 14, 2010
Maple Spice and all things nice
I made maple walnut ice cream a couple of weeks ago and haven't eaten pancakes lately so I had plenty of leftover maple syrup to try the egg-less maple spice recipe from the recent New York Times article. This ice cream was jazzed up with cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Brilliant! It came out smooth and creamy with a hint of spice. It also maintained its texture a lot more than the Blue Bottle coffee ice cream, which I made without the eggs.
David Lebovitz said in the New York Times article (which I missed the first time I read it, oops!) that alcohol or liquid sugars like maple syrup or just raising the sugar content help with the texture and prevent it from freezing rock solid. Aha! It has nothing to do with eggs or heating milk without cream. My declared cousin, Lyndsay, talented proprietor of Coco Cake Cupcakes and fellow ice cream maker, also noticed this when she made her delicious Vietnamese coffee ice cream using sweetened condensed milk.
Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what good girls and ice cream are made of.
(But I'd still like to know what good boys are made of... ;)