I think I found my problem and that is I am a twitter addict. Before I found twitter I had a perfectly content blog dealing in random crap with no real purpose or theme. Now my blog has been transformed into a bread baking machine and now well a nutella madman. A huge thank you to Paula at Bell’ Alimento for hosting the nutella challenge (click here to read more information).
Once again like bread baking I have never used nutella (I know shun the non-believer) so I figured why the freak not….Well after the disaster of this ice cream I am now wondering why me???
Well clarification the ice cream never turned out to be a disaster but Jeff’s shiny object syndrome and lack of cat like reflexes proved to be my sticking point. This was attempt number three and if you are a FB friend or a Twitter peep you would have heard about my constant moaning about this and here is your proof that I finally was successful.
Round one went great everything came together perfect and life was great. I moved it to the freezer after pulling it out of the Kitchen Aid and froze it overnight. The next night I was to lazy to photograph it but still had to try it. Success and I loved the flavors. Woo hoo. Well here lies the problem in a moment of being distracted by a shiny object I completely forgot to put the ice cream back into the freezer. Doh!!!!!!
Round two was a wake up early morning a couple days later to take another nutella cream base for a magical spin in the Kitchen Aid before heading to work. I am in no way shape or form a morning person. Hell I despise them and everyone knows avoid me until my coffee mug is close to empty. So in a half sleep stupor and lacking caffeine I remove the ice cream out of the KA into the magical container to transfer to the freezer. The following thud and splattering of ice cream all over the kitchen floor was the proof I needed that the Colts made the right decision to never return my countless phone calls to try for a wide receiver position. After much cursing and a couple kitchen towels later my floors looked presentable and I drug myself to the shower beaten and defeated (in the shower tears of defeat can be hidden as just water running down your face).
So you can understand my skepticism for attempting round three. Hell after round two I was ready to drown the remaining cherries in rum and eat the rum soaked cherries and drink the remaining rum until I passed out.
Thankfully round three was a smashing success however, I have to say I approached everything with kid gloves and surgeon like precision.
For this recipe you will need:
- 2 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup of sugar
- Dash of vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup nutella
- couple really generous handfuls of halves cherries
- 1/4 cup of your favorite coffee
Steps to success….
- Over medium heat in a large sauce pan add in the 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar and cook until the sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes).
- While the sugar is dissolving beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar until pale yellow.
- Once the sugar has been dissolved in the cream mixture take about 1/2 cup of the cream mixture and stir it into the egg yolk mixture.
- Once the cream mixture has been incorporated into the egg yolks dump the egg mixture into the cream mixture and lower the heat to medium-low.
- Whisk this mixture constantly until the mixture coats the back of the spoon (I took it to a temperature of 195 degrees).
- Strain the cream and egg mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the nutella and vanilla extract.
- Cover the bowl and transfer to the fridge to relax overnight
- In a bowl soak the cherries in the coffee and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar on the counter overnight
- Freeze the cream mixture per your ice cream manufacturer’s instructions. When there is a couple minutes to go add strain the cherries and add them in.
I guess I should also thank Heather for her awesome suggestion of coffee macerated cherries…..