When I posted this photo of the cookies and cream ice cream on my Instagram, and you guys loved it and wanted to know how I made it.
I had an immense craving for cookies and cream ice cream, so I decided to make it. However, there is both the upside and downside to having an ice cream machine maker. Whenever the craving hits me, I can easily whip up a batch. The downside is that I have absolutely no self-control. Therefore, whenever I get a craving, I make the ice cream and proceed to eat it all. Which means my goal for a summer body continues to slip from my hands – and slide into my belly!
Since the weather is absolutely beautiful, I have been doing TONS of gardening. In fact, we have completely redone our backyard which I am so so so happy about! Gardening is incredibly labour intensive (especially when you are tearing out old lawns, digging holes and picking up trees!) Therefore, indulging in a scoop, or two, or even three, of cookies and cream ice cream, is totally, completely, and absolutely understandable. Do not worry, this is a judgment free zone! 😉
The ingredients are pretty simple, but the flavour packs a punch. I am using my favourite vanilla bean ice cream as the base. Instead of the big boxed Oreos, I used the mini Oreos and found they were easier to crush. In fact, when they are churned with the ice cream they become soft and almost cake-like in texture.
Egg yolks and 35% cream are essential to the recipe. The title of this post is creamy cookies and cream ice cream. Therefore, you cannot skimp out on the good stuff!
Since I am making a vanilla bean ice cream, I use vanilla beans in the mixture. However, I know how expensive they are, hence, you if you want to opt out and just use vanilla essence you totally can.
Looking at these photos is making my mouth drool! Doesn’t this look like a dream! It tastes as good as it looks, and it is super easy to make. Churning the ice cream is a piece of cake.
I use this ice cream maker from Cuisinart. It takes about 20 minutes to churn, and around the 15-minute mark is when I add in my crushed Oreos. It takes me about a day to make ice cream (including churning and freezing). The reason is that I chill my mixture in the freezer for around 3 to 3.5 hours. I am very impatient, so there is no way I can wait a whole 8 hours before I can churn it.
Okay, can we talk about how freaking good these ice cream cones look? I finally wanted to try my hand out making waffle cones. They are actually very easy to make! And these cones photograph super beautifully
Alright, enough with the pictures! As promised, here is my recipe for cookies and cream ice cream.
Cookies and Cream is a match made in heaven. This recipe combines the delicious flavour of vanilla, with the chocolatey goodness of Oreo pieces.
Combine 1 cup of heavy cream, whole milk, and sugar in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil. Steam will begin to rise and the sides will bubble up.
Remove mixture from heat and add in salt, vanilla essence, and vanilla bean. You can add the whole bean in as well. Cover with a lid and set aside for 20-30 minutes.
Bring mixture back on the stove over low heat. Whisk the egg yolks and add them to the mixture. Stirring constantly, you want the mixture to coat the back of your spatula (10 - 15 minutes).
In a large bowl, pour remaining 1 cup of cream and place a fine meshed sieve on top.
Once the mixture is ready, strain it through the sieve. Avoid letting the curdled egg go through.
Stir the mixture and place it in your freezer for 3.5 hours or until mixture is thoroughly chilled. Churn immediately. If you are not planning on churning the ice cream that day, place mixture in the fridge overnight!
Churn the ice cream according to the manufacturers' instructions. Around the last 5 or so minutes, add the crushed Oreos. Place ice cream in a freezer-safe container, and let it freeze for 4 more hours before serving.
Voila! How easy is that? Although there is a bit of a waiting time, I can promise you making ice cream is well worth it. Above all, this recipe doesn’t take a lot of time to make aside from waiting for it to freeze. If you end up making this recipe, let me know in the comments below! Should you have any questions about the recipe, do not hesitate to ask. I would be more than happy to help!
Have you guys ever made ice cream before? What ice cream flavour is your favourite? I am a serious ice cream aficionado, but I tend to keep it classic with my flavours. My favourites are coffee and chocolate 🙂 However, I always love experimenting with flavours when I make ice cream.
If you want to try another flavour, check out my recipe for chocolate pistachio ice cream on my blog.
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Until next time!