Thursday, June 7, 2018

Billie’s Chocolate Ice Cream

Lately, I have become (and I hesitate to use this word, but it’s embarrassingly accurate) addicted to a pleasant little Australian drama/comedy now on Netflix called Offspring. A friend of mine from high school (male) got me started watching it. I hadn’t anticipated liking it, because I am a dyed-in-the-wool fan of British television, mysteries in particular, but he had willingly accepted so many viewing challenges that I had thrown his way, that I felt that I owed it to him to watch at least one episode. Six episodes later, and nearing 4 o’clock in the morning, I had to stop. I was hooked from the very beginning. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about the Proudman family of assorted misfits, and all of their misadventures. It is about life, and love, and loss, and misunderstanding, and is seriously hard to stop watching. The casting is excellent, and I doubt that you’ll find a quirkier bunch than in this series. It got to the point where I had to limit myself to one episode per night in order to keep from losing any more sleep.

Last night I was watching an episode where oldest daughter, Billie Proudman (played by Kat Stewart of “Mr. & Mrs. Murder”), received some bad news. She barricaded herself in a room, crawled beneath a pile of blankets, and wouldn’t speak to anyone unless they brought her chocolate ice cream. At that moment I was reminded that I didn’t have any chocolate ice cream on hand. What if I encountered some sort of emergency, late at night? What would I do? It was then that I decided to make some to keep in the freezer just in case.

Here is an easy, no-churn recipe that you can do without standing for lengthy periods of time in front of the stove stirring up a custard, adding eggs, and praying to God that they don’t curdle. It’s astoundingly good, and a must to keep on hand, you know, just in case of emergency. :-)
Billie’s Chocolate Ice Cream

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Hershey‘s special dark cocoa, sifted
1/4 teaspoon
espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Pinch of sea salt
2 cups heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks

Whisk together condensed milk, cocoa, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Fold into whipped cream, one half at a time, until combined. Pour into a 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan and put into the freezer. It will be ready to scoop and serve after five hours. Conversely, if you have an ice cream maker, freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Eat while barricaded in your room, hiding under mounds of blankets.

If sorbet is more your thing, this Concord Grape Sorbet is absolute HEAVEN!

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Scribbler said...

Oh you made me laugh so hard! I think we might be twins! I love Aussie TV, after trying it out when I couldn't find any more Brit shows at the moment. I think I have watched it ALL on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Proudmans were a hoot! I have seen all 7 seasons; like you, I was binge watching. I don't know if there will be any more, but it ended in a good place so I am not sure.

Have you seen the Miss Fisher Murder mysteries? I hope they do some more of those. Try All Saints! That one will get you through a good part of a hot summer. On the English side, don't get hooked on Midsommer Murders because you will never get anything done!

The ice cream looks divine, and I am saving it for a day when I am not so swamped. I have an old Donvier, and that little old gadget makes great ice cream. You just have to keep turning it. Manually.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I am so glad to hear that I am not alone. I had to reign myself in watching Offspring, so I’m now limiting myself to one episode a night to make it last. Another wonderful Australian series is 800 Words, I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it; I also enjoy the mystery series called Brokenwood. I have seen all of the Miss Fisher Mysteries, and you may be interested to know that a feature film is in the works. Don’t get me started on Midsomer Murders. I started watching those episodes when they were new! Thanks for the tip on All Saints, I’ll look for it. Thanks, as well, for your comment. You gave me a smile this morning.

Linda said...

Lol - loved your lead-in to the recipe. :D I've been looking for a good chocolate ice cream recipe since we just got a new ice cream freezer. This one looks excellent!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Linda, you really don’t need an ice cream maker to make this. Sometimes it’s just not worth dragging the old ice cream maker out. I do keep the tub in the freezer all of the time just in case I need to make some. Have you ever just poured a can of root beer into it and turned it on? You can get some amazing slushies by using the ice cream maker. Grandkids tend to love such things.

Lazy Gastronome said...

I love that no churn ice cream - so easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - have a great week!

Michele Morin said...

Even the pictures look delicious! It must be amazing in person!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

this looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Jess said...

This sounds SO amazing!! PINNED! :)

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