Ice cream is an incredible invention. It‘s a frozen dessert that‘s usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavors. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavorings and colorings are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients.
Before the development of modern refrigeration, ice cream was a luxury reserved only for special occasions. Making it was quite challenging; ice was cut out from lakes and ponds during the winter and stored in holes in the ground or in wood-frame or brick ice houses, insulated by straw. Many farmers and plantation owners cut and stored ice in the winter for use in the summer. Ice cream was made by hand in a large bowl placed inside a tub filled with ice and salt.
The development of industrial refrigeration by German engineer Carl von Linde during the 1870s eliminated the need to cut and store natural ice.
You can buy ice cream with different looks and flavors. You can add candy or fruits, sauces and almost everything you can think of. You can buy it in a box or in bread. It‘s good to eat it without adding anything in it but it goes also good with cakes, especially the brown ones.
If you have a craving for ice cream but all the stores are closed you can always make it yourself. Here is a recipe for a Very Chocolate Ice Cream:
¾ cup sugar
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Combine sugar, milk, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer. Place the egg yolks into a small bowl. Gradually stir in about ½ cup of the hot liquid and return to the saucepan. Heat until thickened, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until chocolate is melted. Pour into a chilled bowl, and refrigerate for about two hours until cold, stirring occasionally.
2. When chocolate mixture has completely cooled, stir in the cream, and vanilla. Pour into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
The preparation takes about 10 mines, it takes 10 minutes to make it and it’s ready in 4 hours and 20 minutes. Enjoy!