Every Christmas, our friend Brady from Yr Doing a Great Job makes the best edible present: Ancho Chili Pepper Jelly. It’s the kind of condiment that tastes amazing on everything- breakfast eggs, meat, roasted vegetables, tacos, etc. Our small jar is rationed out over the winter months to make it last as long as possible. This year, we begged off another jar so that we could use it as a mix-in for chocolate ice cream. Brady generously shared the family recipe with us, so you can make your own.
We’ve made chocolate ice cream before with different recipes, but the Bi-Rite recipe was the easiest by far and yielded the best tasting and creamiest results. It’s appropriate that we used a San Francisco creamery’s recipe with Brady’s jelly- he’s a Niners fan all the way.
We trimmed a Christmas tree (courtesy of our charming landlords). We checked out the tree at Rockefeller Center with out of town visitors. We finished our present shopping (well mostly). We baked speculos cookies, world peace cookies, and blondies. It was time that we focused our attention on some holiday themed ice cream, and Kira set her sights on a common decoration hanging from most Christmas trees: the candy cane.
Candy Cane Bark Supplies.
As the hosts for a large Thanksgiving gathering this year, we felt responsible to provide as much delicious food as possible. And second to a turkey, the most important part of any Thanksgiving meal is the pie. If pie is the equivalent dessert to turkey, then ice cream is the equivalent to gravy.
Maple Ice Cream atop Pecan Pie
Our Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream with Caramel “Chunks”
Things have been quiet over here. Our ice cream making has been on hiatus this summer as we packed and moved into a new apartment (with a bigger kitchen and plenty of freezer space in the basement!). While we have not been making ice cream, we have indulged in some frozen delights, which inspired the flavor we made recently.
Old Blue Marble sign in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We are not sure how many of our readers are based here in New York City, but if you are there is an interesting little event happening tonight (Tuesday July 24th) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Masters of Social Gastronomy meeting is happening at Public Assembly, and this time the topic is Ice Cream:
Everyone’s favorite summer treat comes to the forefront at this month’s MSG.
Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour will unearth the stories behind our favorite ice cream treats and share some of history’s wildest bygone flavors—that may be due for a revival. By the end of the night, you’ll be able to answer questions like: which came first, chocolate or vanilla? The ice cream sandwich or the ice cream cone? Neapolitan or liquid nitrogen?
Meanwhile, Soma will show you the science behind making the perfect batch at home, and Big Ice Cream’s tricks for plumping up their profit margins. We’ll also track frozen desserts across the globe, from Italian gelato to dondurma, the magically stretchy ice cream from Turkey.
At the storytime halftime show, they’ll make ice cream right before your eyes, using an easy method you can replicate anytime, anywhere.
As always, MSG is free and takes place at Public Assembly (70 North 6th Street) in Williamsburg. Doors open at 7pm, with samples and drink specials all night long.
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In other Ice Cream news…
When you are making homemade ice cream one thing you can’t do is make soft serve. Unless you happen to have a soft serve machine, in which case you must have a dream kitchen or live in a Dairy Queen or a college campus. Tom has fond taste memories of the small chocolate cone from DQ and Kira remembers the glorious days of undergraduate dining facilities.
On a NYC summer day, it seems that you can’t walk a block without hearing the dulcet tones of the Mister Softee’s song, but for the ice cream enthusiast the average ice cream truck doesn’t always cut it. Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff started Big Gay Ice Cream to put their twist on the traditional soft serve. Big Gay Ice Cream started with a ice cream truck that could be spotted throughout New York in 2009, and opened their store in the East Village in 2011. Their store does something out of the ordinary for an ice cream shop…they actually sell other peoples frozen treats (Melt Bakery for example) in addition to their amazing menu of cones, sundaes, and milkshakes.
The recipe made with raw fruit (L) and roasted fruit (R)
The bounty of late spring (now early summer) is upon us- the farmers markets are full of all the green vegetables we have been craving this long winter. Rhubarb (along with those oh so trendy wild ramps) is one of the first signs of spring. Luckily rhubarb sticks around long enough to overlap for a brief glorious moment with the advent of ripe strawberries.
Rhubarb stalks have a bright and tart taste which needs to be tempered with sugar to make it palatable. The plant contains the toxin oxalic acid so never eat the leaves! There are luckily smaller amounts of the toxin in the edible stalks. Interestingly enough, its qualities are those of a vegetable, but we consider it a fruit because of how we use it in desserts.
Market fresh strawberries and rhubarb stalks
One of the best pies, in my fair opinion, is a strawberry-rhubarb one. Strawberries are naturally sweet and balance the tartness of rhubarb. The bright red color is cheery and reminds us that warmer weather and longer evenings are on the way. With two fruits and strained yogurt, it’s easy to tell yourself that this is a “healthy dessert” (almost- if there wasn’t two forms of sugar and all the delicious cream).