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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homemade Ice Cream Drumsticks


So I am really not being lazy because of the heat, I spent the last week working too late and then frantically trying to get ready for our 4 day weekend at the cottage.  We were there from Thursday - Sunday with some friends. There is no Internet there so I could do no blogging.   I did do some baking or well dessert making so I was slightly still productive.  It was a beautiful beautiful weekend.   Perfect weather, lots of good food,  a few drinks (for the others of course) , some yummy desserts and some games.   We are a group of people that likes our games and all different kinds.  Party games, trivia games, strategy games, you name it.  We were introduced to a game called Settlers of Catan by friends of ours many years ago and that created a snowball affect.   My hubby started looking for similar games and we now have quite the collection of different games.   This weekend mostly involved a lot of Trivia Pursuit Steal as it required no board or pieces  and was the easiest to play out side in the sun.     Any favorite games you recommend??

I have been dying to make some homemade drumsticks for such a long time. I figured a cottage weekend would be the perfect opportunity. I have time and who doesn't love ice cream at the cottage. I will warn you this process can be long but it was fun.


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream & Caramel Drumsticks



INGREDIENTS:

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp glucose
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup 10% or 18% cream 
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

The Rest
  • 6 Sugar Cones
  • approx 1/4 cup caramel sauce - I just used pre-made in a squeeze bottle.  This is difficult to say as it went into the cones. 
  • 225g dark chocolate - melted in sections 
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

INSTRUCTIONS:
1)  Make the Ice Cream :  Bring the milk, sugar, glucose and vanilla paste to a boil, dissolving the sugar and glucose.  Once the milk comes to a boil remove from heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.  

2) In a small measuring cup whisk together the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of the cream to dissolve the cornstarch.   Return the milk mixture to the heat, add the cream/cornstarch and remaining cream and bring the mixture back to a boil.  Whisking constantly while mixture thickens.   Remove from heat, run through a strainer and place in a container to cool, placing a saran wrap directly over top to prevent a film.  

3) Once completely cool run through your ice maker or attachment based on your machines instructions.  Place in the freezer to set further. 

4) While the ice cream is setting,  melt 1/4 of the chocolate in a medium bowl (you will then use this bowl to dip the cones, so make sure it is big enough) over a double boiler.  Place each cone into a small cup that will hold it up.   Using a small spoon drip some chocolate into the bottom of the cone. 


5) Let the chocolate set, will set fast in the fridge.  

6) Once the bottom chocolate is set start to fill the cones with the ice cream.   Using the other end of a fork or spoon create a hole in the ice cream and fill this with caramel. 



7) Using a medium scoop top with a round mound of ice cream, using the scoop or a spoon to form and keep the ice cream attached.    Repeat the same step with the opposite end of a fork/spoon, create a hole and fill with caramel.  If the ice cream is too soft place back in the fridge to harden a bit before adding the caramel. 

8) Once the top mound is added return to freezer to become solid.   When ready, melt the half of the remaining chocolate in a double boiler, adding more as required.   Place the chopped peanuts on to a plate, close to the dipping area.    Remove one or two cones from the freezer.  Tilt the bowl of chocolate and quickly roll the ice cream cone into the chocolate.  Spin gently to avoid excessive drips, then quickly top the cones with chopped peanuts.   Then return to freezer,   repeat with remaining cones. 

This was definitely a time consuming process, but it was very satisfying.  Homemade drumsticks allow you to create different possibilities and I was able to control everything that went in it.  I actually did a few cones with a mocha ice cream as well.   I would make these again for sure. 

MEG's RATING : D-EEEEE-LICIOUS!

  
The caramel inside........


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