Friday, July 20, 2012

Ice Cream, Blueberry Muffins & Cherry Limeades!!

My aunt gave me the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook years ago - (it says published 1999). I have used it for everything - fresh pasta, my blueberry streusel muffins, and Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream.

The kids are having an after lunch biscuit snack (at 1145am) & watching Puppy Named Scooby Doo so I am working on my recipes. The heat is getting to all of us - so hard to not be able to play outside after 9am in the mornings & not till after 7pm at night. 

Cooper & I made our first batch of this on Father's Day ~ and we haven't given his dad back the ice cream maker yet. Cooper also justified the price of ice cream vs the price of ingredients to make ice cream, so we are making it about every couple of weeks. 

Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

6 egg yolks, lightly beaten (save the whites & freeze them in your Beaba freezer pod thingy)
2 1/3 c sugar
4 c milk
5 c half & half
1/4 tsp salt
2 TB vanilla

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 25-30 min (it takes me over an hour... any tips on why???) Cook till thickened & coats a spoon. Cover & chill at least 4 hours.

Stir in half & half, salt & vanilla; pour into freezer container of 4-5 qt ice cream freezer. Freeze according to mfr directions.

Since I am in this cookbook, I will toss in the Blueberry Streusel Muffin recipe:

Blueberry Streusel Muffins:
1 3/4c flour
2 3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp grated lemon
1 lg egg lightly beaten
3/4 c milk
 1/3 c veg oil
1 cup fresh or frozen bluberries, thawed (ever by they on sale fresh at sam's club & then freeze on a cookie sheet? Fresh blueberries anytime!)
1 Tb flour
1 Tb sugar
1/4 c sugar
2 1/2 Tb flour
1/2 t cinnamon
1 1/2 TB butter

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine egg, milk & oil; stir well. Add to dry ingredients, stirring till just moistened.

Combine blueberries, 1 Tb flour, & 1 Tb sugar, tossing gently to coat.. Fold blueberry mixture into batter. Spoon batter into greased muffin pans; filling 2/3 full.

Combine 1/4 c sugar, 2 1/2 TB flour & cinnamon. Cut in butter w/ a pastry blender until mixture is crubmly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or till golden. Remove from pans immediately

Yield 1 dozen.
Per muffin - calories 219, fat 8.9 g; chol 24 mg; sodium 266 mg

For Jumbo muffins - bake 20 min. 

Cherry Limeade
1 16 ounce jar maraschino cherries
(You won't use all, this is probably enough
for 2 batches of cherry limeade.)
1 12 ounce can Frozen Limeade, thawed
1 2-Liter Bottle of Diet Sprite
3 limes (save 1 for garnish)

Combine the frozen limeade and Diet Sprite in Beverage server. Juice 2 limes and add juice and rind. Add about 1/2 of the juice from the jar of cherries, reserving the cherries for garnish. Taste and add more juice to desired sweetness. You can always add more juice to the server to make it sweeter for someone who doesn't like it as tart.
Serve over crushed ice and garnish with lime slices and cherries...........

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