Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Strawberry Frozen Custard with a2 Milk®

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The stars really aligned in our household when we were gifted an ice cream maker around the same time the strawberries in our garden started ripening. It felt like strawberry ice cream was our destiny
The first night we tested the ice cream maker, we had no heavy cream in the house. While we could have run to the store to grab some cream, I wanted to see if we could create something delicious with what we had on hand. Thankfully, we had a carton of a2 Milk® which meant that whatever we made could be enjoyed by even the most sensitive stomachs in the family. 

If you aren't yet familiar with a2 Milk®, it is the only dairy product on the market which contains the A2 protein. All other milk (even organic) contains the A1 protein which causes digestive discomfort for many people. Unlike most chemically processed milk alternatives, a2 Milk® is a natural replacement to conventional milk. 

Feeling determined to make something sweet and frozen, I started thinking about what could be used to give a rich, creamy texture to frozen milk. 

An ice cream parlor in our neighborhood serves a frozen custard that is really spectacular, so I decided to try out a custard recipe. You guys, it turned out amaaazing. I wouldn't call it health food, but it is hard to believe quite how good it is considering it has no heavy cream in it. This is no consolation recipe. This is a dessert superstar in its own right.

Now, you can probably tell that the custard isn't strawberry pink, but more of a "strawberries 'n' cream" mix. I tried it a few different ways and I found this to be the winning mix. Sweet bits of fresh strawberries poking out of a mountain of decadent vanilla. Ah, so good.

I should note that the ice cream maker we used is a Zoku, which means we mixed each serving by hand. If you choose to use an electric ice cream maker, you may need to omit the coursely chopped strawberries or stir them in at the end. Check the manual for your machine to be sure.




Strawberry Frozen Custard (made with a2 Milk®)

Ingredients (for four 1/2 cup servings)

  • 2 cups a2 Milk®
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Hull the strawberries and chop 1/3 of them coursely and puree or mince the remaining 2/3 (I should note that once again, I did this by hand though you can totally use a food processor if it makes your life easier!) and transfer all to a small bowl.
  2. Stir in 1 Tbsp of sugar and allow to stand for at least 30 minutes. 
  3. Pour the a2 Milk® into a medium saucepan and heat on medium heat until simmering.
  4. While milk is heating, put egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until frothy. 
  5. Add sugar, cornstarch, and vanilla extract to the bowl of egg yolks and whisk until mixture is thick and light yellow.
  6. When milk is simmering, slowly pour egg yolk mixture into the saucepan, whisking continuously.
  7. Turn heat to low and stir mixture for about 5 minutes or until it has thickened enough to coat a spoon.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and cool thoroughly in refrigerator. 
  9. Once cool, mix in strawberries and transfer mixture to ice cream maker.
  10. Freeze mixture according to manufacturer's instructions.
  11. Enjoy as soft-serve or transfer to a container and place in the freezer to harden.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Honeydew Bubble Tea with a2 Milk®

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I have to be honest. This recipe is a little self-serving.

First of all, if you don't crave bubble tea to the extent that I do, it may not feel worth it to make all of these components. I mean, I had to plan ahead for this one. There are no giant tapioca balls available in my neighborhood grocery store, for example. Or giant straws which, let's face it, are pretty essential to the enjoyment of bubble tea.

Also, there are tons of ways to make bubble tea. You can certainly find a recipe out there that includes other types of dairy or even powdered tea mix. That exists and you can try it. But this recipe, while not light on sweetener, uses fresh a2 Milk®, brewed tea, and real honeydew juice. Why a2 Milk®? Well, because then you can serve this treat to your guests at your shindigs this summer without fear that you'll be giving them an aching belly. a2 Milk® is the natural replacement to chemically processed alternatives to milk for those who experience digestive issues from regular milk. It is also hormone and antibiotic free and contains no artificial ingredients or additives. It's the good stuff, folks.

Lastly, I wrote this recipe to be quiet. Oh, that isn't important to everyone? We don't all want to make delicious beverages to enjoy while our toddlers nap without the fear of waking them up? Well, if this is not a concern to you, you might as well use a blender or some loud machine that will juice your fresh honeydew for you. As for me, I'm over here mashing melons with a potato masher all Amish-style because shhhh, let's not wake the kid, for goodness sake! 




Honeydew Bubble Tea (made with a2 Milk®)

Ingredients (for two 12 oz servings)

  • 2 Tbsp + 6 Tbsp simple syrup (or 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 green tea bags
  • 1/2 honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup black tapioca pearls like WuFuYuan brand 
  • 1 cup a2 Milk®
  • 2 bubble tea straws
  • ice

Instructions

  1. If you don't have simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir until dissolved, approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool before transferring to a bottle.
  2. Boil water.
  3. Steep 3 bags of green tea for 3-4 minutes. Remove tea bags and chill tea in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Prepare tapioca pearls as directed on the packaging. Combine pearls with 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and set aside until ready to use.
  5. Remove the peel on the honeydew and cut into 2" pieces. 
  6. Transfer to a large bowl and use a potato masher to crush the melon.
  7. Pour melon through a fine mesh strainer. Discard pulp.
  8. Mix remaining simple syrup with 3/4 cup of honeydew juice.
  9. Spoon tapioca pearls into serving glasses. 
  10. Pour 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup iced tea, and 1/2 cup honeydew mixture into serving glasses.
  11. Add ice and straw.
  12. Enjoy!
       



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