Monday, September 1, 2014

Strawberry Butter

It's the simple things that make life better! As we prepare to welcome a new little lady into this world, her beautiful mama has requested Strawberry Butter for the Baby Brunch - and this Grimmy can't possibly say no!

I learned this recipe from many wonderful meals at Patti's Restaurant in Grand Rivers, is well worth taking home with you or learning to make it yourself!  Enjoy this on fresh baked breads or croissants - it even makes plain old toast taste fancy pants in the morning!

You'll need:

3/4 lb of real butter - I prefer salted (no margarine allowed)
16 oz strawberries (frozen sliced are fine but drain thoroughly)
1 cup powdered sugar

Let your butter come to room temperature - this takes a few hours to really let it soften so set it out well in advance and be patient.  I let mine set 3 hours or so.  Add the butter to your mixer bowl and whip it until it starts to get creamy.  Slowly add the well drained strawberries and blend for a minute or two on low speed (this must be done on low or you'll have a heck of a mess to clean up!)  Slowly add the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until it is all well blended.  Transfer to your Tupperware or butter bowl and chill for at least 3 hours prior to serving.

Hint to cooks that don't measure (like me) if your berries are really juicy and your butter looks runny, add a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar at a time while mixing until your butter gets to a creamy firm consistency. 

Slather this on something warm and I promise your eyes will roll back in your head!  Spoil the people you love with good food - life it too short not to enjoy things to the fullest!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orangesicle Ice Cream

This was a totally off the cuff attempt as I never really found a recipe that I liked.  I just went for it!  I'm making ice cream - not building an engine so the science really isn't all that important!

I started with my standby base recipe then "oranged it up" and it worked GREAT!

You'll need

1 quart heavy whipping cream
4 cups whole milk
4 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 TBL vanilla
2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
1/2 stick melted butter (not margarine)
Zest of 1/2 orange peel
chop the fruit of one medium orange

Melt butter and combine with brown sugar, stir until sugar is well blended.  Add orange juice and white sugar, then vanilla, continue to stir until well blended  Add orange zest and fruit, mix well.  Blend orange mixture with cream and milk, when the orange mix is well incorporated, insert the paddle on your ice cream mixture and put the lid securely in place.  Place your ice cream freezer canister in the center of your freezing well.  Be SURE that your lid is on tight.  Layer an 2 inches of ice then 1/2 inch of ice cream salt and repeat layers until you are at the top of the center cylinder. 

Plug in your freezer and let it churn for approximately 30-40 minutes.  You will notice a distinct change in sound or your freezer will stop churning completely.  Unplug the freezer immediately and pull the center cylinder our,  removing all salt debris.  Scoop or pour the semi-solid mixture into freezer containers and freeze in the freezer overnight to set.

This recipe makes one gallon of ice cream and it is Orange Dream Delicious!  Go Vols and Ya'll Enjoy!!!