Oh Monday, how you just creep up when everyone least expects it. I hope everyone had a fab weekend! We are just taking the days one at a time here at the old homestead. I feel like ever since we bought a new house, we have a gazillion things to do! It’s almost overwhelming, and if I don’t take things one step at a time, I may just go insane. To calm my housework blues, I made ice cream. Actually, I made two ice creams (one vanilla and one chocolate). This will be the first of two ice cream recipes I share this week! It’s been hot. I don’t want to turn on my oven, and I honestly want to eat ice cream all day, everyday. So here we go!
I feel like we all have a favorite ice cream, and according to a recent study, the percentage of people who like vanilla ice cream is just about equal to the percentage of people who like chocolate. I found this interesting, and I can honestly not remember where I read this statistic, but I do remember reading it! I blame the housework blues. In honor of this, I made chocolate and vanilla ice cream mash-ups this weekend.
What is a mash-up?
Well it’s exactly what it sounds like. I took ice cream. I folded in a bunch of yummy ingredients, and I mashed it all together. Therefore, we have an ice cream mash-up!
I tried my best to keep this recipe simple. To make a true churned ice cream is no easy matter. It can actually be rather annoying. This time, I shared my chocolate ice cream recipe with you, but I also noted that you can totally use store-bought chocolate ice cream instead.
I think this mash-up idea can turn a store-bought ice cream into a gourmet treat in an instant!
You are totally not locked in to using these specific fillings. You can use anything you want! I personally am loving berries and dried fruits and nuts in my ice cream lately! Get creative!
I feel like I’m being totally haphazard with my dialogue today. Again, I blame the housework blues. I’m going to go drown myself in a pint of ice cream.
Let’s talk beer!
Brewed By: Otto’s Pub and Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Description: I feel like I am always pairing with beer that you find out here in the western states. I don’t do this because I am only devoted to beers in the west, but because that’s the beer we have available to us! Sure, we have your Dogfish Head and other delicious brews from the east coast, but because distribution laws vary by state, we can’t get EVERYTHING. We do however stock up when we head back east to try to keep things even. A good friend of ours brought Jolly Roger to us just a couple of months ago. I’ve had Jolly Roger before because I lived in State College, PA for a couple of years, and it has always been one of my favorites. I chose an imperial stout for this ice cream for obvious reasons. Honestly, you could go ahead and drown the ice cream in this beer to make a beer float, and I would be in imperial stout, chocolate ice cream heaven. Jolly Roger is the perfect imperial stout. You get hints of molasses and a deep sweetness, but it is by no means cloyingly sweet. It’s great with desserts, especially this ice cream. Now, I know many of you won’t be able to get your hands on a bottle of this, so your favorite imperial stout will do the trick just fine.
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here is the recipe!