Town Tour & Ancho Avocado Ice Cream

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Welcome to Kennett Square, PA known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World”. Yes, our portobellos, cremini, oysters, trumpets, maitakes and fresh buttons are awesome and probably what you are buying in your local grocery store. Come September thousands will visit our 31st annual Mushroom Festival and get a taste of mushroom farming at its best. I am excited to see which fabulous home cook wins the mushroom cook-off earning their way to compete at the World Food Championships.

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The rest of the town is pretty great, too, also quite famous for Longwood Gardens. Last night husband and I did a stroll celebrating the first Friday of the month. The stores stay open late. People are dancing in the street to live music and the award winning food is always abundant and delicious. From crepes to burgers to mushroom soup (of course) there are so many casual to high end restaurants to choose from.

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On this particular warm summer evening I just wanted ice cream from the best place on earth and husband, much to my surprise, was all in on the idea. If you ever come to Kennett Square you absolutely have to stop by family-owned La Michoacana ice cream shop where you can sample traditional Mexican flavors like corn sprinkled with cinnamon or my favorite avocado with chile. Trust me! The best! Come visit!

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Back home I wondered if I could make a no-churn version of avocado ice cream. You all know I am obsessed with the endless flavors of no-churn. Have you tried the Margarita or Almond Joy, yet? They are so simple, creamy and scoop-worthy. With only a few ingredients needed you are on your way to frozen flavor town.

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Whatever flavor you choose to experiment with don’t forget to taste as you go. For the avocado I added extra lime juice and then had the epiphany to toss the chile powder right into the mix. Yes, that is my fingerprint you see. Please don’t do that. Use a 1 time tasting spoon to taste as you go. It’s cleaner.

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And one more tip: place your bowl and beaters in the freezer for a few minutes before whipping the cream. Cream whips up better when it is icy cold.

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No Churn Ancho Avocado Ice Cream

1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, chopped

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ancho Chile Powder

2 cups heavy cream

In a blender, combine condensed milk, lime juice, avocado, salt and chile powder; process until completely smooth. Beat cream to just stiff peaks; fold into avocado puree. Pour into freezer-safe containers. Freeze for at least 6 hours. Scoop and serve with an extra sprinkle of chile or some fresh seasonal fruit. Makes about 1 ½ quarts.

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Overall my version of avocado ice cream is quite good with a rich creamy texture. Next time I might bump up the flavor with a touch more salt and citrus. Happy National Ice Cream Month & Independence Day. Celebrate your freedom and whatever is happening in your town.

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Frozen Margarita Time

 

 

 

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Surprise-not a drink! Just look at the back of any tequila bottle if you want a drink recipe. Let’s start off by saying it’s necessary for this recipe to be spirited. If you don’t like alcohol in your recipes then I suggest you skip this one. The alcohol is necessary for the chemistry of this ice cream to turn out texturally soft and creamy (not hard as an icy rock like many no-churn recipes) and actually remind you of a real fresh margarita. I love science.

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You will also notice I don’t give you measurements for the chocolate. It’s because this recipe makes over a quart of ice cream. You are not going to use it all unless you make like a gazillion chocolate cups. So go ahead and enjoy some of the ice cream on its own.

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The point is to just make enough chocolate cups depending on how many people you would like to serve. Just roll with it and melt as much chocolate as you need. Use good chocolate, too.

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In my first go around with this idea I actually froze the ice cream, scooped it into bonbons, froze again and then dipped in chocolate and then froze again before decorating. It’s a fussy process and who has time for fussy? I prefer the foil lined cups for ease and getting the whole thing done in one swoop. Enjoy and happy summer. Stay safe!

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bonbons in green and orange are a bit fussy to make

No-Churn Margarita Ice Cream Cups

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange flavor liqueur

1-tablespoon tequila

1/8-teaspoon fine sea salt

2 cups heavy cream

foil muffin cup liners (regular size or mini)

dark chocolate, melted (candy melts also work)

white chocolate, melted

finishing salt like maldon

Pour sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl. (Scrape it all out of that can with a rubber spatula.) Add lime juice, liqueur, tequila and salt. Using the spatula, blend mixture until it is well mixed and smooth. In large mixer bowl, beat cream to just stiff peaks (do not over-mix or you will end up with butter). Stir about a cup of cream into condensed milk mixture to lighten it up. Fold in remaining cream until fully incorporated. Pour mixture into a loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 6 hours or as long as overnight if you just want ice cream. Do not freeze, yet, if you want to use chocolate cups.

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Coat foil muffin cup liners with a thin layer of melted dark chocolate; chill in the refrigerator. When ice cream is ready fill chocolate cups leaving a small amount of room at the top. Smooth the top. Pour more melted chocolate over the top and smooth to seal. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with finishing salt. Store in freezer until ready to serve. May be made days in advance. Cover and store leftover ice cream in freezer.

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Winter Blues & Spirited No Churn Ice Cream

IMG_9386Winter Blues. You got em? Let’s chase them away with homemade ice cream. Yup, you heard me! We’re making ice cream in the dead of winter. Seriously, it’s a mood changer because not only is it darn delicious, rich and creamy, but also done in 10 minutes (plus freezing time) and requires NO ice cream machine. I bet you’re smiling now. Remember my posts about cleaning stuff out? You just might want to pitch your old-dust-collecting- taking-up-way too-much-space ice cream machine after trying this recipe.

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All the flavors of one of my favorite candy bars this ice cream is rich with chocolate condensed milk and coconut creamy from the liqueur. It gets some toasty goodness from more coconut and almonds which you can fold in or just sprinkle on top like I did. Scoop it or slice it, it’s guaranteed to take those winter blues away.

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Almond Joy No-Churn Ice Cream

1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk, chocolate flavor

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons coconut cake liqueur

1 teaspoon coconut flavoring

1/8-teaspoon fine sea salt

2 cups heavy cream

¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted, cooled

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted, cooled

Line a 9-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap leaving a 4-inch over hang on short ends. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl. (Scrape it all out of that can with a rubber spatula.) Sift cocoa powdered over the top. Add liqueur, flavoring and salt. Using the spatula blend mixture until it is well mixed and smooth. In large mixer bowl, beat cream to just stiff peaks (do not over-mix or you will end up with butter). Stir about a cup of cream into chocolate mixture to lighten it up. Fold in remaining cream until fully incorporated. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle top evenly with almonds and then coconut. Bring up the extended edges of plastic wrap and press gently over the surface. Freeze for 6 hours or as long as overnight. When ready to serve let ice cream stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes to make scooping easier or remove from loaf pan, peel away plastic and cut into slices. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers tightly wrapped in plastic and an air-tight container.

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Love, Mom