Can I tell you about yesterday? Mmmkay.
Yesterday I decided to give up coffee. Which was kind of a big deal because I drink a pot every morning and about half a pot every afternoon. But lately I haven’t liked how I felt after drinking it. Like, it didn’t hurt my stomach but it didn’t feel nice either. So anyway, I decided to quit cold turkey. Got up, drank a 32 ounce bottle of water, and was all “Weeeeee! I don’t need caffeine!” as I walked the kid to school, bought and sent my last care package to the husband (!!), walked back to school (with the dog in tow), and then cooked lunch for everyone.
Then I crashed. Quite literally. Walked to my bedroom for a highlighter and woke up 30 minutes later with a kid poking me in the head asking for a cookie. (Don’t worry, the baby was safe in his crib!)
So at 1:15 pm I was making coffee. Uggghhh. But at that point it was kind of too late and I just stayed in a funk. You know how it is.
The high point of my day was this ice cream.
Every night (well almost…) I look forward to my workout but yesterday someone hid my DVD player remote so I couldn’t do it because Insanity has this stupid music that I can’t turn off without the remote, so I said screw it and did what any sane person would do: got a cheesecake bar. I left it on the arm of the couch while I did who knows what and came back to no cheesecake bar. Sadface.
AND THEN I remembered that I had this ice cream in the freezer and my bad day was forgotten! This ice cream plus DVR’d Pretty Little Liars was just what I needed.
It’s ice cream that’s made with blended up toasted marshmallows! Yeah. And then it has a fudge swirl and graham crackers! Y’all know that I’m pretty much a vanilla only person when it comes to ice cream but this is definitely one of my favorites! I think I could just make the marshmallow base without the add-ins and be happy too.
Nicole made cinnamon rolls! Omgggg! I can’t wait to try them!
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For the Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream:
1 (10-ounce) bag large marshmallows
1 vanilla bean
2 cups whole milk
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped graham crackers
For the Fudge Swirl:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup light corn syrup
6 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
To make the ice cream:
- Heat your broiler. Spread the marshmallows in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place them under the broiler for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and golden. Take them out and, using tongs, flip them over and pop them back under the broiler for another 30 seconds or so, until the other side is toasted. (Alternately, you can use a kitchen torch to toast them right there on the pan.) Set the marshmallows aside.
- Place the milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Split the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape the seeds into the pan with the milk. Set the pan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- While the milk is coming up to a simmer, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and salt in a large, heatproof bowl. Slowly add the warm milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Put the heat on medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon (it should be between 170 and 175 degrees F on a thermometer). Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes before proceeding.
- Place the toasted marshmallows in the blender, then pour the custard into the blender as well. Puree until the marshmallows are completely broken down and the mixture is smooth. Add the heavy cream and vanilla extract and blend again for about 5 to 10 seconds to combine. Pour the mixture into a bowl, cover andrefrigerate overnight.
To make the fudge swirl:
- Whisk together the sugar, water, corn syrup and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble at the edges. Cook for about 1 minute, whisking the entire time. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and let cool. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before using. It can be stored for up to 2 weeks, covered, in the refrigerator.
To churn the ice cream:
- Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. When it’s done churning, gently fold in the chopped graham crackers. Spoon some of the fudge swirl onto the bottom of the storage container. As you remove the ice cream from the machine, layer generous spoonfuls of the sauce between layers of the ice cream, ending with a top layer of ice cream. Do not stir the fudge into the ice cream, as it will make the ice cream muddy looking. Freeze until the ice cream is firm, at least 2 hours.