Tuesday, August 10, 2010

TWD: Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream


My dad visited this past weekend. It's always fun to have him come, because he knows just the right balance of doing things and hanging out. This is in stark contrast to my mom, who is GOGOGO! all the time. I've seriously sent her out on walks so that I could take a nap on some visits. His visits always revolve around a few things - long chats catching up on life, at least one good run together and food. We plan our visits around what we'll be having each meal. Heck, that's how we plan our lives!


The first time that the fiance visited me in Oshkosh, we sat that Saturday morning eating eggs and toast for breakfast. I looked up at him and asked what he wanted to do for lunch, and I just remember his confusion - why would I ask that now? He'd just started breakfast - he wasn't even hungry for lunch yet! It didn't matter to me; growing up, we always talked about the next meal or two while eating the current one. He's come over to my way of thinking through the past few years, but I have a feeling it's still not a natural thought for him.


But when my dad visits? I pull out all the stops. We had my current favorite wheaty and chewy sunflower seed bread for sandwiches when he first got there, five dining options for dinner that night, and sausage, potatoes and eggs from the farmers market for breakfast the next day. Lunch that day, I figured, we could wing once we got closer. Oh, and there were plans that, since he likes relaxation and downtime, I'd be able to squeeze in baking a test recipe for the wedding cake extravaganza. My dad, I figured, would be a rockstar taste tester.


The weekend went off without a hitch - a quick and easy lunch followed by a nap for him and cake baking for me, walks, an amazing dinner, and cake that night. Unfortunately, the cake was so rich that we didn't manage to try any of this chocolate ganache ice cream, but the fiance managed to squeeze a bowl in the next day without too much difficulty. That day, of course, began with a wonderful run in the early morning, from which we returned sweaty and a bit sap-covered from the weeds on the trail we took. A wonderful breakfast accompanied by LOTS of coffee followed by wandering around Chapel Hill rounded out my dad's visit. Oh, and lunch that day? We used it as an excuse to test-drive a local restaurant that we thought might be fun to go to on random weekdays for a good beer (it will be). A success, all around.


But you probably actually cared about the ice cream, not so much about the random goings-on of my (warped yet still awesome) family. I don't really blame you - this stuff probably would have been killer before it was even churned. The custard base is basically the most decadent chocolate pudding you could think of - my ice cream maker made odd whining noises while it was churning because it was so thick! Not only that, given the high percentage of chocolate, it takes a good 10-15 minutes on the counter to soften enough to eat. You see these photos? I scooped (and re-scooped and re-scooped) after 15 minutes on the counter, shot the photos and handed the fiance the bowl. After all that, it was still incredibly hard. I'd probably put some form of alcohol in it the next time, actually, since I like softer ice creams. The flavor though? Spot on, classic chocolate goodness.


Last Week: Gingered Carrot Cookies
Next Week: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread (killer with dried tart cherries)

22 comments:

Judy said...

It did take awhile to soften. I should have taken photos last night, but the lighting was not in my favor.

I always enjoy reading your stories!

Tia said...

it looks amazing! great texture and color

Y said...

Chocolate ganache ice cream sounds wicked. I think I might like to try that, even in custard form. Funny, my mom is very much go-go-go too. It's my dad who prefers to linger awhile.

Shandy said...

Love your daughter/father foodie camaraderie. Very sweet but I can still see your fiance's confusion (which had me laughing). The ice cream "is" thick and wonderful isn't it? Loved every bite! Your scoop of hard earned ice cream left me smiling too =).

Nickki said...

This ice-cream is really hard to scoop! I love the red background in your pictures :-)

Di said...

Your ice cream looks delicious! I can say from experience that a little rum is great in this ice cream. =) The difference between your mom and your dad sounds like the difference between my family and my husband's. My in-laws are always GOGOGO, while my dad is much more willing to just hang out, which I prefer. =)

Sweet and Savory said...

Your Dad sounds like a Dream Dad, something to be thankful for.

The ice cream looks delicious. I could go for some now. Keep me away from the fridge.

Katrina said...

I love reading about travel logs, especially when they involve food. That's how I roll, too. My husband doesn't get it still and we've been married 13 years. Sigh.

This was definitely hard after freezing. Love the empty spoon at the end. Super rich, but darn hard to not keep eating!

Thanks for churning along with me this week.

Amber Marie said...

Glad the weekend was a success. My family always revolves the days around food planning too! It's one of the joys of being together. No wonder I've got a food blog ;)

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

So glad you had such a great weekend - sounds like a lot of fun! And the ice cream looks fabulous! :)

Paula said...

I think I must be like your mom. Oh dear. Wonder if my kids say the same thing. And my husband would be like your dad. Perhaps I need to give this more thought. Meanwhile, I'll take some more ice cream. :-)

Katy said...

Your pictures are wonderful! I am the same way about planning my next meal while I'm still eating the current one. :) My husband still gets frustrated with me about that! Glad you were able to make the ice cream though!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

you are like me--always thinking about what i'll eat next! next time, i'll add booze, too...it was delicious, but it was hard!

TNLocavore said...

Yes please! That stuff looks like 8 million shades of awesome. And today? Today I would bathe in it.

Pamela said...

Sounds like a nice visit with your Dad and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The pictures of the ice cream look very good!

易強青易強青易強青 said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..................................................................

麗王王珠 said...

獨居時,要反省自己的過錯;在社會大眾之間,則要忘卻別人的過失。..................................................

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Your dad sounds like fun :) :)

The ice cream looks really good!!

thewhimsicalcupcake said...

I'm SOOO glad that I'm not the only one that plans the next meal while eating the first one. It gives you time to plan ahead and have your mental list all ready to go. :)

Your ice cream looks great, nice and frozen ;)

PheMom said...

I have to say, as much as I love all your pictures, I think the last one of the scoop is my favorite - it just speaks of deliciousness already savored. Lovely!

建枫 said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

Beth said...

Looks fantastic -- but I usually like softer ice creams too.