When life gives you cream cheese…

19 10 2009

Mini Cheesecakes

Make cheesecake...


And manicotti!

I set out this weekend to make mozzarella, and well, I didn’t quite make it there! I’m not entirely sure where the whole process went wrong, but I certainly didn’t end up with mozzarella. Truth be told, I did ignore the part of the recipe saying not to try mozzarella as your first cheese, but mozzarella was the cheese I had some ideas on how I wanted to use (as opposed to the soft cheese, or basic hard cheese).
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Not quite bread…

24 09 2009
Homemade Purple Basil Ice Cream

Homemade Purple Basil Ice Cream (with balsamic vinegar and eucalyptus honey)

This blog is mainly for bread and other such baking adventures, however, from time to time I will post about some other things I’ve made. Today (as you can see above) is ice cream. This is one of three ice creams I made last weekend. Purple Basil, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry were my flavor choices this time around. The mint chocolate has already been completely eaten so there will be no pictures of it. Both the basil and mint were made the same way, I scalded the milk for the recipe then added the herb leaves and let them steep in the milk for about 20-30 minutes. After the steeping I strained the leaves out of the mint and continued on with the recipe. The basil I left the leaves in and ran the mixture through the blender to get a bit of the gorgeous leaf color into the ice cream. For the blueberry ice cream I cooked the blueberries (about 2/3 frozen and 1/3 dried) in milk over very low heat until they were somewhat more tender, then the whole mixture went into the blender. Read the rest of this entry »