With the two-day/four-flavor Ice Cream Throwndown scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of this week, I spent the weekend – what else? – making ice cream.

Looking ahead, this is what the judges can look forward to –

Monday (Round One)

Rob’s Chocolate Mint vs. Joe’s Advokaat-Laced Vanilla with Crumbled Milk Chocolate Flake

Going mint is a double-edged sword.  While, on the one hand, Rob’s already won over Brad and Ashleigh who have declared themselves fans of the gum flavor, I’m sure there will be others on the jury who won’t be quite as enthused.  Still, I’m not leaving anything to chance and countering with one of my big guns.  Given that some seventy percent of all ice cream lovers go for the vanilla, I think this one has potential to wow across the board.  The vanilla base alone – made using actual vanilla beans that are simmered for half an hour, allowing their flavor to infuse the milk before being stripped – could carry this round.  The Advokaat gives it a nice eggnog undertone while the crumbled Flake chocolate lends the whole a terrific textural contrast.

Crumbled milk chocolate Flake.

Advokaat-Laced Vanilla with Crumbled Milk Chocolate Flake Ice Cream.

Rob’s Coconut Ice Cream vs. Joe’s Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream.

I’ll admit to breaking my “fruit and dessert are two completely different things” rule when it comes to certain candidates: bananas, pears, the occasional apple, and, of course, coconut.  So when I learned Rob was going to offer up a coconut creation, I decided to counter in kind and reached into my bag of tricks for this delectable version. Coconut milk replaces regular ice cream in forming the custard base.  Then, during the churning process, three more ingredients go into the mix: crushed graham crackers to approximate that delectable pie crust flavor, dark rum, and toasted coconut.

Shredded coconut is toasted to bring out its tasty tropical flavor.

I couldn't track down any graham crackers so I had to make do with graham cracker bunnies...

...that my eager assistant happily pounded into submission.

Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream.

Tuesday (Round Two)

Rob’s Chocolate Brownie vs. Joe’s Sweet Milk Chocolate with Shaved Bittersweet Dark Chocolate.

Chocolate Brownie will be hard to beat.  While I considered countering with similar feature particulates (ie. cookies, doughnuts), I ultimately elected to offer a contrasting approach.  Pralus Melissa criollo 45% forms the sweet milk chocolate base, while slivers of finely chopped Amedei 70% Chuao offer a bittersweet counterpart. The spotlight is all on the chocolate here.

Chopped dark chocolate (well, not just any dark chocolate but my personal fave - Amedei Chuao).

Sweet Milk Chocolate with Shaved Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Ice Cream.

Rob’s mystery entry vs. Joe’s Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream.

While I played fast and loose with the the previous three entries, allowing my own creativity to inspire me, this final flavor was by the book – a recipe compliments of the fabulous David Lebovitz (available here: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2007/04/salted_butter_c.html).  It’s a little more labor intensive than the other three, but well worth the extra effort.  In fact, it’s so good, I’m heading to my local bookstore tomorrow to pick up The Perfect Scoop, David’s book which details a host of equally marvelous ice cream creations: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/1580088082/davidleboviswebs.

Sugar in the pan over medium heat.

Until it acquires that rich caramelized finish.

Set aside, allowing the caramel to cool and harden.

In the meantime, follow the same process to make the custard base - with the addition of butter, milk, and cream.

Look at that golden caramel.

The caramel is then broken down using the mortar and pestle I purchased for the occasion.

Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream.

I want to be modest, I really do, but there’s no way in hell I’m losing this throwdown.  With the four flavors I’ve got lined up, I’ll be surprised if I lose even one of the head to head battles.  Taking nothing away from Rob – I’m sure he’ll deliver some terrific creations – but these are probably the four best ice creams I’ve ever made.

In the end, it’ll be up to the judges.  I look forward to hearing what they have to say.

And, later, critiquing their scripts.

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dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Uh…Joe. That silver mallet thingy…

Mebbe you shouldn’t be nekkid when taking pictures of something so shiny… and reflective… unamused

das

sylvia
sylvia

All of your creations look absolutely yummy.

Winst
Winst

David Bowman — “…my God…it’s full of stars!”

Me — “…my god…it’s full of Amedei Chuao!”

JYS
JYS

nice. Also, if you had a tough time cutting up the chocolate, try using a serrated knife next time. Works quite well for me

me
me

I just saw David Blue in a Subway commercial – right?

How long does it take you to make your ice cream? It seems like it takes a lot of work and time.

Good luck in the SG:U Throwdown.

Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson

Sweet Milk Chocolate with Shaved Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Ice Cream??? Omigosh!! Big chocoholic here! That definitely gets my vote! Oh…Joe…I wish you could send some of that over. That just sounds heavenly!

niall mcnamara
niall mcnamara

hi, it all looks yummy but can you answer my question please is there any possible way for you to have a read of my book (when it is done) please i need a pros opinion. my family are great and so are my teachers but i think they are just saying what i want to hear please oh please read it.

Ponytail
Ponytail

@ Das – read your comment then quickly (very quickly) scrolled back up to take another look. Surely that is his fingers in the reflection! Surely! It can’t be…! Get your mind out of the gutter young lady! Good for a big laugh anyway.

Joe, you and Rob are so very talented. Is there nothing you can’t do? Looks like it’s gonna be a great contest. I remember as a kid having to manually crank the ice cream maker and when your arm was fixing to fall off, another sibling took over, and eating so much homemade ice cream my mouth would freeze and I couldn’t talk.

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

omg they all sound so delectable!!!

I think you got it in the bag. Ugh to mint icecream…

HBMC
HBMC

Are you afraid Ashleigh’s bias will make her vote against you?

Kymm
Kymm

Wow. First off, I am a huge, huge fan of David Lebovitz and his blog (does this mean I’m cheating?). I think you’ll really enjoy his book(s). I am so glad that you used one of his recipes. In fact, when I said a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to try salted caramel ice cream, believe it or not, this was the one I was referring to. It’s the flavour of his that I want to try the most (candied bacon is a close second). I am sooooo envious right now I can taste it. Ohhh wait, noooo I CAN’T *grrrrrr AND a pout* I hope those judges realize, and can appreciate, how fortunate they are. All of the ice cream looks really good. I think you’ll win, and if you don’t then U wuz rob’d. Bonne Chance!!

You know when you see a part of word out of the corner of your eye, and sometimes your brain will finish it (autocomplete if you will). So I was quickly reading down a list of ice cream flavours and out of the corner of my eye I saw Raw Horse…. My brain filled in, Raw Horseradish, I guess maybe because I was already familiar with the flavour, so maybe that was just what I ‘expected.’ As I was scanning back up the list, I actually stopped and read the full flavour. It was Raw Horseflesh Ice Cream. *shudder* I’m thinking that this may be a flavour you might want to recommend to Rob for his mystery entry. This way, even if he does win the Stargate Ice Cream King 2010 title, he won’t have a lot of time to celebrate before PETA comes and hauls his butt off. Do you think he would go for it? Probably not, eh!

@ Das – what makes it even funnier is that he calls the image his “eager assistant”

For the shoe freaks out there:
http://ifshoescouldkill.com/2010/05/29/crazy-shoes-oyee-ice-cream-pumps/

Have a good one!
Kymm

P.S. when you posted that picture of ingredients yesterday, I had looked at it and thought no that couldn’t possibly be bunny graham wafers……… I am, however, starting to get kind of freaked out. I’m waiting for an online order from Well.ca (that I placed late last week) and I actually ordered these.
http://well.ca/products/annies-homegrown-honey-bunny_17699.html?ref=relprod&related_product=17697

Scary!! Although it may be scarier for you!!!! (just sayin’)LOL

morjana

Joe,

Those photos should carry a diabetic warning. Just looking raised my blood sugar levels.

Thank you for sharing!

Hope your creations win the day.

smile

Kymm
Kymm

@ Das continued…. at least he didn’t call the image his eager ‘little’ assistant.

K

imadaman
imadaman

Go Joe, Go Joe Go!

libkat
libkat

I got to attend a cooking class with David Lebovitz a few years ago at a Sur la Table store. He was a terrific teacher and very funny. If you don’t already have his Great Book of Chocolate, I recommend it highly. Everything I’ve made from the recipes have been delicious.

Kelly
Kelly

Wow! All I can say is that I really wish I was the judge! Especially for that caramel one! grin

DP
DP

@Das – LOL (and I don’t say that unless I mean it)

BStearns

Good luck Joe! All those tasty ice creams look so good, it’ll be hard for Rob to counter against. Good luck, and make us ice cream lovers proud!

-Bryan
sff-hub.blogspot.com

Kymm
Kymm

While you’re at the bookstore, check out David Lebovitz’s book on chocolate, if you haven’t already.

Don’t forget the ice cream!!

K

otros ojos
otros ojos

*looks, reads, and dies happily*

– Okay, now that I’ve recovered: *looks, reads, and dies happily, again*

Not much else I can say, except I’m glad that I’m not hungry at the moment. Otherwise this entry would drive me mad with ice cream lust.

Since you’re going to buy David Lebovitz’s book, what does that mean for your plans of laying off the ice cream making for a while? Are you going to wear a hairshirt or sumthin? Or an item that hasn’t yet been invented: a highly sophisticated programmable chastity belt for the mouth —iBad (or what have you).

I corrected about double my usual number of typos for this comment. Just so you know.

*takes just one more look* – I think I’m turning perv. . .

@Kymm: Great thinking with the Rob Cooper victory-sabotage attempt. But what might be fodder for a wicked insane documentary is if Rob acted first by notifying the Montreal Belgian/French horsemeat-eating community to come and start a fight with the PETA people. Pure chaos. . . BTW, thanks for the “ifshoescouldkill” link – highly unusual, and entertaining to wonder how dudes would like the previous pic. Heh.

crazymom1

I’m a big fan of mint chocolate-chip ice cream, and I believe that vanilla ice cream is a waste of calories, BUT…your version of vanilla sounds pretty intriguing. I’ll be interested to hear what the judges think. Coconut cream pie is another favorite of mine, although I’ve never had it in ice cream form. And the salted caramel idea is just awesome. I’m feeling a trip to Coldstone Creamery coming on…Vancouver’s a little too far away.

Janet
Janet

G’day Joe
Best of luck with the contest. Mint with ice-cream and mint with chocolate should never ever be mixed. It is so wrong on so many levels.
Rob’s brownie creation will be hard to beat. But your creations sounds delish. Making my mouth water now…

E
E

Seriously, there are people out there who like mint ice cream? Yikes.

morjana

Hi, Joe.

With it being Memorial Day in the US, a link to an appropriate article, with a Stargate mention:

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN)
The things left behind
http://bit.ly/bcYNUR

Best wishes to everyone serving in any country’s armed services and to their families.

Gilder
Gilder

Now the Beatles’ tune, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”‘ is stuck in my head.