Friday, December 17, 2010

Pink Peppermint Ice Cream

Decembers in California never fail to surprise me; one day it is 85 degrees outside, the next day the rain comes pouring down. I like to stay in the holiday spirit no matter the weather, so I decided to duplicate one of my favorite holiday treats, pink peppermint ice cream. This ice cream is served at the Gibson Girl ice cream parlor inside the Disneyland theme park and is the most perfect blend of sweet and minty. It is absolutely heavenly to look at and even better to eat. The pretty pink coloring gives the ice cream a festive appearance while the candy cane pieces add a fun texture. Here is my adaptation of the recipe:

3 cups of heavy whipping cream
1 and 1/2 cups of finely ground sugar
1 cup whole milk
a pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 drops of red food coloring
1 pack of candy candy

1. Use a whisk to mix cream, sugar, milk, salt, peppermint extract and food coloring until mix is frothy. Cover and refrigerate for two hours.

2. After two hours, remove from refrigerator and pour mix into pre-frozen ice cream maker. Let the ice cream maker do the work for about 25 minutes or until ice cream rises to the top.

3.Once ice cream looks about ready, add crushed candy cane pieces to ice cream. Make sure to save some crushed pieces to use as toppings too. Mix for 5 minutes.

4. Remove ice cream from maker and scoop into a freezer-safe bowl with a lid. Cover and freeze, usually overnight.

5. Remove ice cream and top with crushed candy cane pieces. Enjoy.

Peppermint prep
All ingredients, whisked together
Crushed candy cane pieces
Ice cream dream
Love <3

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