Last month was hubby's birthday and since he is such an amazing home-brewer I always try to make something using beer. I am on an ice cream craze, making a new batch everyother day,so I knew it had to be some kind of ice cream. I pick out the beer I wanted to use, an oatmeal stout, which is pretty sweet and rich, it is almost like the port wine of beer. I looked at the qualities of the beer to help me bling up the ice cream and decided I had to add toasted oats and a bit of chocolate could not hurt either ;-) I have to say it is an amazing combo and the toasted oats really came out. I was afraid they would be over powered by the bittersweet chocolate but they were not. It add to the flavor of the stout without covering it up!
By the way aren't my Leprechaun (Auberne` going to the library to help with the Saint Parickday Day party) and my rocker girl Chloe the cutest. I could eat them with a spoon xoxo
But back to the subject, ice cream, homemade ice cream. I never know when I write posts how effective I am at getting my message across, so that is why I am writing about making ice cream AGAIN because I do not want any of you to miss out on this. Most ice cream recipes are WORK but thanks to Angie, (She came up with this) all you need is:
3 cups of cold liquid: milk, cream, coconut milk, sour cream (I would not use more than one cup of sour cream), heavy cream, soy milk, etc. Use a mixture of several kinds, whatever you have on hand.
1/2-3/4 cup sweetener: sugar, maple syrup, stevia, honey, xylitol, etc.
a pinch of salt
and at lest 2 TBL. of liquor, anything will work (Vodka is great if you do not want to taste it). This is to keep the ice cream from getting too hard. You can leave it out but you might have rock hard ice cream.
Now dump EVERYTHING in a bowl, whisk and dump in your ice cream machine and run about 30 minutes. That is it!!!!!!! This is the basic recipe, you can add pureed fruit (I have been taken frozen strawberries and letting them thaw just until I can puree them) coffee, mint, marshmallow fluff, there is NO limit. My ice cream machine has more than paid for itself!! So pull out those machines and get whisking xoxoxo
Chocolate Covered Toasted Oats in Oatmeal Stout Ice Cream
Toasted oatmeal chocolate crumble
An hour before making ice cream, layer a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper (foil will work too, just spray some pam on it). Toast 1/2 cup of rolled oats (any oats will do but I like the thick rolled oats). Heat a wide dry frying pan over medium heat, add oats and stir until oats smell toasted and are lightly browned. Set aside.
Melt 3/4 cup chocolate (I use bittersweet) with 2 TBL of either coconut oil or cream (I do this in the microwave, 1 minute but you can do it in a pan on the stove. Do not boil just heat and stir until melted). When melted add oats and stir until they covered in chocolate. Spread chocolate out on parchment paper and set pan in fridge or freeze to harden up chocolate.
Stout Ice Cream
1 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 1/2 cup cold half and half (But you can use any liquids you would like)
3/4 cup sweetener (I used 1/2 cup xylotal and 4 drops liquid stevia)
1/3 cup cold oatmeal stout (any deep, rich, slightly sweet beer will work)
pinch of salt
Whisk all together and pour in ice cream machine and run 1/2 hour.
After 1/2 hour, keep machine running and pull out chocolate. Break hard chocolate into little pieces. Then stop the machine and transfer ice cream to a container and stir in chocolate/oat bits. Freeze until ready to eat. Serve with a small glass of leftover stout!!