Nothing makes my heart happier than snow, except when my grandson Jacob spends the night. When both things happen together...well, I'm ecstatic! Such was the case last week. He wanted to play in the snow.
We talked about how there is magic in snow and how that is what you see sparkling in the sun. (It's a grandmother's job to perpetuate magical myths, right?) I asked him if he had ever eaten ice cream made out of snow. He had not. I promised we'd make some as soon as sledding was over. Took a while, because sledding is just way too much fun and I hope all of my tropical climate friends get to try it at least once in their lives!
Before we came in, we gathered about 6 cups of clean, fresh snow and left it out on the back deck until we were ready.
We rounded up our ingredients.
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. Half & Half or cream
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
And now...6 year old Jacob will show you how easy it is to make!
Pour it all in a bowl.
Stir it up until the sugar dissolves.
Bring in your 6 cups of fresh clean snow and add it in one cup at a time.
Stir it up some more. Stirring is serious business. When you're done it should look kind of like this....
Throw it in the freezer for a few minutes and get your bowls and spoons ready.
Fill them up, adding the toppings of your choice. Believe it or not...Jacob is a purist and likes his ice cream and his snowcream plain. (All of those toppings like coconut, chocolate chips, whipped cream and a cherry, were for me!) Now...take a taste.
A good chef will savor the flavor and wait just one moment before giving his review.
Chef Jacobs opinion of his first ever snow cream?
Wonderful! There is magic in snow. You can even taste it!