Ice cream is a frozen food eaten as a snack or dessert.
Ice creams are usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Generally commercial ice creams are sweetened with sucrose, corn syrup, cane sugar, beet sugar, and/or other sweeteners and flavoured and coloured they also have added stabilizers. The mixture is stirred to incorporate air spaces and cooled below the freezing point of water to prevent detectable ice crystals from forming. The result is a smooth, semi-solid foam that is solid at very low temperatures (<35 °F / 2 °C). It becomes more malleable as its temperature increases.
Historically China had a frozen mixture of milk and rice around 200 BC. Apparently they knew about freezing mixtures of salt and ice.
In the Middle East the Arabs used an ancient type of ice house, a yakhchal, in Yazd, Iran. The major ingredient in the production of ice cream was milk and sweetened it with sugar rather than fruit juices. It was flavoured with rosewater, dried fruits and nuts.
In the Persian Empire, people would pour grape-juice concentrate over snow, in a bowl, and eat this as a treat. They used snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as "yakhchal", or taken from snowfall that remained at the top of mountains by the summer capital Ecbatana. In 400 BC, the Persians went further and invented a special chilled food, made of rose water and vermicelli, which was served to royalty during summers. The ice was mixed with saffron, fruits, and various other flavours.
The Roman Emperor Nero (37–68 AD) had ice brought from the mountains and combined it with fruit toppings to create chilled delicacies.
Closer home in the sixteenth century, the Mughal emperors used relays of horsemen to bring ice from the Hindu Kush to Delhi, where it was used in fruit sorbets.
In Europe Italian duchess Catherine de' Medici is credited with introducing ice cream into Europe in the 16th century.
Whatever the history we will all agree that ice creams make the blistering heat bearable and the lady of the house will agree that it keeps her out of the kitchen and the heat for some time.
Anyway if you are interested try reading Wikipedia that is where I have copied all this from.
For today I have tried making this Icecream from the Tupperware Booklet. Needless to say it was yum and all the ice creams that I tried after this one got compared with this one.
All of them were declared flop.
So much that one I threw out and the other was made in a smoothie. After it was over hubby tells me why that was delicious. Anyway I have no pictures of it.
Chocolate And Coffee Ice Cream
Recipe Source: Tupperware
- 1 tropical twin whipping cream
- ½ tropical twin condensed milk
- 2 tblspn un-sweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tblspn instant coffee mixed with hot water
- Whisk whipping cream until you get soft peaks and set aside.
- Whip condensed milk, coffee and cocoa powder till well blended.
- Fold gently the whipped cream and condensed milk.
- Pour on aluminium containers overnight.
- Serve topped with nuts or grated chocolate.( Mine had customers before the scoop was out so I did not add anything).
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