Monday, October 28, 2013

cookies & scream ice cream

My mother used to tell us the same story every year around Halloween.  The main character usually varied night by night--she usually alternated between our names--but the plot and key dialogue rarely varied.

The story always began as the main character was dared to go inside a spooky, cobwebby old home.  As she wandered the rooms, she heard a voice:  "I've got ya where I want ya, and now I'm gonna eat ya."

Unnerved, but ever fearless, the main character searches for the voice, which continues to ominously chant about eating her.  She reaches the attic, she spies a bright light seeping from under one a creaky closet door, and--lo and behold--she spies a monkey talking to a banana.

I'm not sure from where my mother derived the story, and it certainly generated more squeals of laughter than screams of terror, but we loved it every time.

And, on that very halloweeny note, I've unabashedly attempted to be punny in naming this classic (but orange & black) cookies and cream ice cream.  While this particular version is not as audaciously orange as the version I made last year (okay, so I ran out of red food dye), it is just as much fun and perhaps even more fluffy and delicious.

Happy Halloween!

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Orange gel food dye (or red + yellow!) [optional]
1 cup crushed Oreo cookies (about 1 1/2 sleeves before crushing)

  1. Place crushed Oreos in the freezer (optional, but will help your ice cream freeze better when you add the Oreos at the end).
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs with a whisk for 1 to 2 minutes until fluffy.
  3. Slowly whisk in the sugar.  Beat another 1 to 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Whisk in the cream, milk, and vanilla extract.  Beat together until smooth.  Add orange food dye now, if desired.
  5. Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Right before removing the ice cream from the machine (i.e. for most ice cream makers, after the ice cream has reached a soft-serve consistency), add in the crushed Oreo cookies.
  7. Remove from ice cream maker and transfer to a sealable, freezer-safe container.  Freeze overnight or until hardened completely.

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