Posts in category "The Lazy Cook"

Brandied Fig & Raisin Ice Cream

First off, many thanks to Brenda of @MightyVanilla and Joy of Gourmeted for the recipe and getting their hands dirty in making this ice cream. Our girls’ nights are usually filled with food, fun and alcohol-fueled NSFW conversations. It’s probably best that I don’t share quotes on here ;)

This particular night we got our collective minds together in trying to figure out how to use up the organic Avalon whipping cream and goats milk. We heartedly agreed that making ice cream would be perfect especially if we can add my ‘leftover brandy’ to it.

With a wine glass in one hand, we dove right into our gourmet ice cream making process. As with cooking, one must organize and prepare ahead of time. We used an array of tools, pots, pans and, of course, ice cream maker, so do ensure you have enough stove and counter space.

Avalon Ice Cream Recipe

Secondly, this recipe does take time as you have to soften the figs, brandy the raisins, make the custard base then chill everything before putting it in the ice cream maker. So I highly recommend making this ice cream earlier enough in the day or the night before so you can enjoy it after your meal. OR because of the wine, time just flies by (I think there’s a theme here)

Avalon Ice Cream making

And after some patience and waiting, we created the most delicious delectable boozy filled ice cream that will keep my palate happy for the rest of the summer.

Avalon Ice Cream

Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Brenda (thanks!).

Brandied Fig & Raisin Ice Cream

1 cup dried black figs
2/3 cup plump raisins
1/2 cup brandy
3/4 cup goats milk
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whipping cream, divided into 1/2 cup and 1 cup
pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
2 Tbsp brandy

Trim the hard stems off the figs and cut each one in half. Bring 1 cup of water and the figs to a simmer in a small saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the figs, stirring occasionally, until the figs are soft and the water has reduced to about 1/3 cup. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
In another small pot, heat the raisins and the 1/2 cup of brandy together over medium heat. Let them simmer until most of the brandy has evaporated, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Warm the goats milk, sugar, 1/2 cup of whipping cream, and salt in a medium saucepan.
Pour the remaining 1 cup of whipping cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warmed milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula.
Pour the custard through the strainer and into the cream. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
Add the 2 Tbsp brandy, softened figs and the remaining fig liquid to the ice cream mixture. Use a stick blender to blend the mixture until it is uniform and smooth. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.
Roughly chop the raisins into small pieces and set aside.
Freeze the custard mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, add the chopped raisins.


NOW here’s your chance to make your own ice cream for the summer. I am giving away a Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

TWO ways to enter**
On Twitter:
Follow @AvalonDairy and @SensesInspired and Tweet “Follow @AvalonDairy @SensesInspired for a chance to win a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. RT to Enter!”

On Facebook:
Comment on the Senses Inspired Facebook page on what kind of ice cream you would make with it

Good luck and have fun!

** Entrant must live in the United States or Canada and be of contest entry eligible age**

Boozy Mocha Chocolate Milkshake

There’s cocktails, there’s wine, and sometimes you just need a few more degrees of fun to a drink. I was feeling creative and my inner child was inspired by the ridiculous amount of chocolate stuff in my fridge.

Avalon Chocolate Milk and Ice Cream

So what does one do with all that sweet goodness? You make an old school milkshake to bring a smile to your face and add some booze to make you bounce.

First off, get your arm muscles ready to make some homemade whipped cream. I didn’t want to take my mixer out so I went at it old fashion way with a cold bowl and whisk (that’s the trick…make sure the bowl and whisk is super cold before whisking up the whipping cream).

Avalon Whipping Cream

1 cup Avalon Whipping
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

1 Make sure bowl and whisk is ice cold
2 Whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form
3 Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.

And now the good stuff

Boozy Mocha Chocolate Milkshake

Makes about 4 cups

3-4 cups of the Avalon Mocha Chocolate Ice Cream
1.5 cup of Avalon Chocolate milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces brandy (can try with bourbon too)
2-3 tablespoon of chocolate powder
1/2 cup of crushed dark chocolate

1 Add ingredients except for the booze into the blender
2 Start blending on low and gradually at the alcohol until you’re happy with the flavour
3 Blend until texture is consistent
4 Pour into glasses and top it up with the whipped cream and enjoy!

Very Berry Yogurt Smoothie

I love challenges especially ones that involve food. For this week, I’ve been asked to make something with any of the Avalon products. Avalon Dairy is more than just a dairy farm: it’s an unsung local hero that is rich in history and been a long advocate of producing organic dairy products. They have survived wars and the depression, and weathered through the obstacles of being a business but they never relented on their values. Its history and iconic glass jugs should be noted in every kid’s history textbook.

On the weekends, I usually put in my ‘hard core’ workout hours and I try to make some sort of smoothie afterwards. This past weekend I made a refreshing nutrients packed smoothie with Avalon’s French Vanilla Yogurt. The yogurt is a great source for Vitamin A, Calcium, and Vitamin D.

Avalon Dairy Yogurt

Here’s my take on a healthy berry yogurt smoothie:

1/2 cup Avalon Dairy French Vanilla Yogurt
1 scoop of protein powder
1 cup blueberries and chopped strawberries
1/4 cup your milk of choice (I used Almond Milk)
1/4 cup of coconut water
1-2 teaspoon of honey
2 teaspoon of shredded coconut if desired
Pinch of cinnamon if desired

1 Combine all ingredients in blender.
2 Blend until all mixed and smooth
3 Pour into a mason jar because everything tastes better in a mason jar (or just a glass ;)
4 Enjoy


Avalon Dairy Healthy Smoothie