Forget the show, the upcoming short story, or my general health. What everyone wants to know is “Did you remember to bring in the ice cream for Carl?” The answer is…
Yes. And he enjoyed it immensely – although that didn’t stop him from insulting one of my episodes about an hour later (What the hell, I’m sure he thought, I’ve already had my ice cream – failing to realize the potential of future treats. He’s like a lab rat in that respect.). The Vanilla with Shaved White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate Flakes was a hit, but it was the Sweet Corn with Cheddar Chip that had people talking. So, for those who asked, here’s the recipe:
1 1/2 cup whole milk + 1/2 cup condensed milk in a pan and bring to a boil.
Turn to low. Drop in a couple of vanilla pods. Let sit for 30 minutes and allow the flavors to infuse.
Strip the vanilla into the mix and discard the pods and add one can of creamed corn. Strain.
Combine 8 egg yolks + 1/2 cup sugar. Whisk.
Add infused vanilla base to yolks and sugar, and whisk.
Return to pan over low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
Wrap and refrigerate, preferably overnight.
The next day, pour the custard into your ice cream maker and churn.
As it begins to thicken, add your liquor (which I find helps keep the ice cream from crystalizing). I prefer the fairly neutral vanilla flavor of Galliano.
As it continues to thicken, add what those in the ice cream industry refer to as “particulates” (ie. crushed graham crackers, smarties, pachinko balls, etc.). In this case, add about a half cup of crunched up Cheddar Potato Chips.
Refrigerate overnight and serve.
Emboldened by the success of this particular recipe, I’m going to try my hand at a few more exotic flavors – one an Ashleigh request, one a blog regular suggestion, and one I saw the other day on Food Network: Blue Cheese Ice Cream, Avocado-Coconut Ice Cream, and Maple-Bacon Ice Cream. Carl will be thrilled.
Hmmm. Looking over these live+7 numbers. Human, the last episode charted, received a whopping 47% bump from time-shifted viewers, the biggest to date. That’s almost half our original viewing audience! I guess that’s what you get for having a techy fanbase.
Some goodies from the Atlantis Art Department vault –