Mystery Gift

Over the weekend I made a few sweet treats 🙂

In the months leading up to our wedding last year, gifts arrived almost daily to our door step. It was like Christmas every day for weeks! One day, an ice cream maker (!!) arrived. Mr. Prevention and I were surprised to see this gift as we hadn’t registered for it, but thrilled nonetheless! I thanked my friend, the sender, and she responded with a confused, “I’m glad you like the gift…but I didn’t send an ice cream maker.” Huh? The mystery never got solved and the ice cream maker remained in its box until this weekend.

A tragedy, I now know!

Mocha Chip Ice Cream slightly adapted from Cuisinart

1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup sugar
2-3 Tbsp instant espresso or coffee, to taste
2 1 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 cup half-and-half, well chilled
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate pieces, roughly chopped

Directions:

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or whisk to combine the milk, sugar, and espresso powder until the sugar and espresso are dissolved, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the cream, half-and-half, and vanilla. Turn the machine on, pour in the mixture, and let mix until thickened, about 25-30 minutes. Add chocolate in the last 5 minutes of churning. Makes 10 servings, 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 218 calories; 13.3 g. fat; 48 mg. cholesterol; 44 mg. sodium; 21.2 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein

Result: Lalalala…I was in heaven 🙂 I am a mocha chip ice cream lover! Using 1 cup of half-and-half in place of a second cup of heavy whipping cream cuts nearly 50 calories PER 1/2 cup, as well as 5.6 grams of fat. That’s a lot of calories and saturated fat removed without sacrificing any flavor.

And then after my blackberry extravaganza I made…

Blackberry Crisp from Homemade by Holman

2 pints fresh blackberries (about 4 cups)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup all purpose whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup 50/50 Smart Balance Blend butter, cold, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place berries in baking pan. Sprinkle berries with sugar. Combine lemon juice and cornstarch and stir until smooth. Pour over berries and toss together gently. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter using a pastry blender, forks or your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Top berries evenly with crumble mixture. Bake about 20-25 minutes until bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Cool about 15 minutes and top with vanilla ice cream or as desired. Serves 8.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 232 calories; 11.6 g. fat; 15 mg. cholesterol; 101 mg. sodium; 30 g. carbohydrate; 5 g. fiber; 1.5 g. protein

Result: This was divine! And so simple to make! I love that dessert can provide a good source of fiber, too! Most of the fat in this dish is mono and polyunsaturated and it is carbohydrate-friendly for a dessert. Thumbs up!

Question: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Have a super week!

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18 Comments

  1. June 28, 2010 / 6:04 am

    Look at YOU making crazy ice cream flavors! We ‘re going to have to put our heads together and come up with some new ones soon. To be honest I have always wanted to make a coffee flavored ice cream but Nick won’t eat it 🙁 I think I might still do it once, but I’ll make it a half batch! This mocha chip sounds perfect. HAve you tried it with skim milk instead of heavy cream? Just as good, just a bit less creamy, obviously.

  2. June 28, 2010 / 6:57 am

    I’m very moody with my ice cream flavors. But vanilla is always a good bet. Plus I load it with chocolate syrup and malt, so plain vanilla is good when you’re putting a bunch of junk on it.

    Flavors I won’t order: chocolate and coffee-flavored.

  3. June 28, 2010 / 7:55 am

    Lovely icecream maker, wish i could have one….mocha flavour in icecream is something which i havent heard but would love to have….

  4. June 28, 2010 / 8:07 am

    That ice cream sounds fabulous! I am loving my ice cream maker and lately in love with simple tart frozen yogurt.

  5. Rachel Palmieri
    June 28, 2010 / 8:22 am

    I have the same ice cream maker but haven’t used it yet for some reason. Do you know of any low-fat frozen yogurt recipes that would be good?

  6. June 28, 2010 / 8:27 am

    Cookies and Cream….always has been and I don’t see it changing anytime soon! haha!

  7. June 28, 2010 / 8:28 am

    I loooove my dear ice cream maker–it’s a shame I haven’t used it in the past couple months though! I love birthday cake flavor ice cream 🙂

  8. June 28, 2010 / 9:39 am

    There’s nothing like finally putting a wedding gift to use! I love the dish you used for your ice cream! It looks soooo good!

  9. June 28, 2010 / 10:06 am

    Growing up rocky road was my favorite but now I love coffee flavored ice cream. We have an old hand crank ice cream maker from my grandma that’s been in our attack since we got it 2 years ago. I keep telling myself that I want to take it out and make ice cream. Will soon for sure! Yours looks super yummy mmmm 🙂

  10. June 28, 2010 / 10:22 am

    I love any kind of chunky ice cream 😀 with good stuff in it, or just plain ole’ froyo with fruit! You certainly put those blackberries to good use 😉 love it!

    Enjoy your week girl!!
    Meg

  11. June 28, 2010 / 1:26 pm

    Oh! Ice cream maker…still have to get one 🙂 I love ice cream…and my favorite is raisin rum…

  12. June 28, 2010 / 3:09 pm

    That looks delicious! I would have to say my favorite flavors are cookie dough or brownie. I love those flavors cause of all the yummy chunks in it! Now I feel like ice cream. haha.

  13. June 28, 2010 / 3:54 pm

    My ice cream maker is the best purchase I’ve ever made! I love that thing!!
    The last kind I made was a vanilla coconut and it was FANTASTIC!!

  14. June 28, 2010 / 4:20 pm

    What a great gift, and ooh, Mocha Chip sounds good! The blackberry crisp is gorgeous too.

  15. June 28, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    Looks Scrumptious!!!!! Go you! Fave ice cream=mint chip …or peanut butter….tough call! Yum:)

  16. June 28, 2010 / 5:36 pm

    That looks heavenly! Favorite ice cream flavor = Cake Batter!

  17. June 29, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    Yum! My favorite ice cream flavor is death by chocolate. I don’t eat it often, but I do enjoy it a lot!

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