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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Almost as addictive as twitter

It's summer and in spite of the thunderstorms and pouring rain I have been making a batch of ice cream every week. Last week it was a refreshing blueberry that turned out the most amazing shade of purple. Today's gelato recipe is a sweet vanilla ice cream with cream cheese for stabilization and texture. It's rescued from boring blahness by

the addition of a handful of roughly chopped Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Dark Chocolate Almonds from Trader Joe's. These are the most addictive bonbons ever to land on the supermarket shelves. I decided to make this gelato just to limit the number of times we pass by the kitchen cupboard and sneak a couple. Buy 'em, try 'em but be warned, you may have to give them away to save yourself!

The Recipe
2 1/2 cups of cream and whole milk (or half and half)
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4oz cream cheese
2 tbsp sour cream
Handful of chopped chocolate almonds. (If you can't get the salty ones you could add a 1/4 tsp gray sea salt)

Heat the cream, milk and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add vanilla and cream cheese. Whisk gently until the cream cheese has melted into the cream mixture. Take a bowl and fill with ice cubes, place the pan in the bowl and allow to cool. Whisk in the sour cream. Meanwhile chop a handful of the almonds. When the cream mixture is cool to the touch pour into an ice cream maker and add the nuts.
There you have it, almost every tastebud is tickled: Creamy, Crunchy, Sweet, Sour and Salty Gelato. Enjoy!


Jean Martha said...

Oh man. Umm, will that be served!!?!? I can't resist chocolate & almonds!

Kathleen said...

Uh oh, I am going to Trader Joe's this afternoon.

modernemama said...

The salt and sugar combo bumps up the addiction factor by a gazillion. Almonds=healthy, choc almonds=great endorphins, salt$sugar choc almonds= no self control, plus desire to get everyone else hooked too. Crazy good.

ethan@OPC said...

so... hungry.... now....

Anonymous said...

I will definitely buy the almonds next time I go to Trader Joe's but you must try their shelled pistachio nuts - salted. I use them in cookes, bars, biscotti, on ice cream with fudge sauce - nothing better.

modernemama said...

Love the pistachios and thumbs up for chipotle cocoa hazlenuts, too.