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Jan 27, 2009 01:09 PM

Favorite Winter Ice Cream Recipes?

My husband (Mr. B) feels that ice cream knows no season, so when it's blowing snow he's still requesting it. Fresh fruit is rather dismal and has logged many miles by the time it shows up where we are this time of year. So far I've made bourbon pecan and peach ginger kefir ice cream, but am looking for a few new ideas. What are your favorite ice cream recipes that still satisfy in the winter?


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  1. I love stewing prunes in a hearty red wine (Zinfandel, Aussie Shiraz) with some sugar, a bit of cinnamon stick, a clove, and a small piece of lemon or orange rind. Reduce the stewing liquid until thickened a bit and serve in many ways (including right out of the pot, remembering that prunes do have certain effects on the body...). I love them as a garniture for cassoulet, osso buco, other stewed things. And, to get back to your topic, they are INCREDIBLE with vanilla ice cream (great for a weeknight dessert if you have them on hand as I try to) or you can just mix them into the ice cream when you make it. My current favourite, anyway.

    1. I recently had (not made) a salted caramel ice cream - was the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

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      1. re: howchow

        How 'bout red bean? I have yet to make it. but I love to eat it. I'm on a gelato kick now and would love to know how to convert an ice cream recipe to a gelato recipe as red bean gelato sounds even more appealing to me. Here's a link to an easy recipe found for the ice cream:

        1. re: howchow

          Oooh, now that sounds delicious!

          1. re: howchow

            There's an excellent, heinously rich recipe for salted caramel ice cream on David Lebovitz's blog.

          2. I love ice cream, too. Here are some of the flavors I've made this season:

            -Peppermint (vanilla base, peppermint oil, crushed peppermint candies)
            -Eggnog (sub eggnog for milk in anglaise base)
            -Pumpkin Spice (pureed pumpkin, brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, milk and cream)
            -Butternut Spice (same as above)
            -Ginger (which you've already played with)
            -Banana (steep bananas in hot milk for 30 minutes. Cool and strain. Use milk to make anglaise)

            Of course vanilla, chocolate, and butterscotch are good any time of year.

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            1. re: Non Cognomina

              Oh now the banana is quite intriguing. I've never thought of that before. Do you think it would be good in a 'banana foster' style with a little rum and caramel on top? Also love the idea of the butternut spice ice cream. Thanks!

              1. re: Phoo_d

                That's a rhetorical question, right? Dear god, I love Bananas Foster. But I don't think it would be good...I think it would be incredible. ;)

                And you probably already know this, but I was on a quest for a peanut butter gelato recipe this week, which a kind soul posted for me on this very board. Here's a link if you want to give it a whirl:

                My egg yolks are approaching room temperature as I type.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  Thanks for the link! I love a good gelato. Yes, I think a Bananas Foster ice cream definitely is in the works. I haven't mentioned it to Mr. B yet because I know as soon as I do, he'll want it immediately! =)

            2. David Lebovitz has an awesome recipe for Roasted Banana Ice Cream. Yummers!