Friday, July 10, 2009

Mr. Hawthorne Just Asked Rosie.

Anyone wanna take a gander as to what this is?
OK. It's a cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream and a reduced berry sauce.
Last Friday, Mr. Hawthorne Just Asked Rosie: "Would you make a blackberry cobbler?"
Rosie: "Sure. Tomorrow. For the Fourth of July. But I'll have to make ice cream first, since that's the only way to eat a cobbler - with homemade ice cream." So I started on my custard-based vanilla ice cream.
My ingredients: 2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk 4 large egg yolks pinch of salt 1/2 cup sugar 2 TB vanilla 1/2 cup milk
First, I beat the egg yolks with the sugar ...
... until it got to this nice pale yellow color.
I added in about 2 tablespoons of vanilla and set aside.
Next, I put 2 cups heavy cream, 1 1/2 cups milk, and salt in a heavy saucepan, and cooked over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture began to simmer. Do not let it boil. But simmer for at least 5 minutes.
I love vanilla, so I added the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean. Set aside for a few minutes to cool a bit.
Then I slowly poured the warmed mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. You do not want scrambled eggs.
I poured the mixture back into the sauce pan and cooked over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickened. When it coats the back of a spoon, it's ready. Remove from heat and pour in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to cool off and stop the cooking.
I transferred the mixture to another bowl and immersed it in an ice water bath, stirring until the mixture was cooled through. Then I put the mixture in the fridge to chill completely before freezing in my ice cream mixer. Chill at least 4 hours, but better yet, overnight. Now, here is where my little plan went awry. (And remember, this was going to be my Fourth of July dessert.) After about 5 hours of chilling, I went down to get my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker insert out of the freezer. And it wasn't there. I distinctly remember putting it in the freezer months ago and I don't remember taking it out. I looked everywhere for the insert. No can find. Anywhere. I went on line to see about ordering one and the insert alone was $45. (The whole machine was $76.) Oh well, it's not thrown out. It will eventually show up. So I took a trip down to the Kitchen Collection store, and bought a 1 1/2 quart Hamilton Beach ice cream maker for $29 on sale. I told the saleslady I had lost my Cuisinart insert and was only buying this so the Cuisinart would show up. You know how that works. And she understood completely. I got home, washed out my new insert, and took it downstairs to my freezer. Then I noticed a stool in my utility room and decided to stand on that, rather precariously, and look on top of the freezer, which sits on cinder blocks, since it's on the ground level and has been known to flood. And yes, of course, there was my Cuisinart insert. And I'm keeping both.
Back to the ice cream:
My mixture had been sitting in the fridge for 2 days, so it was well chilled. Mr. Hawthorne poured the quart mixture into the ice cream maker and turned it on and let it churn away.
And here's my homemade vanilla vanilla ice cream. (Double vanilla - pure extract and beans.) And there's NOTHING like homemade ice cream. Nothing.
Now, on to Mr. Hawthorne's request: Blackberry Cobbler.
Here's my original, hand-printed recipe:
(Click to enlarge.)
First the dry ingredients: 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Sift dry ingredients together.
And here's everything else: sifted dry ingredients 1 cup milk vanilla 2 cups blackberries 1 drained 15 oz. can pineapple chunks 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter in 8 x 8 baking pan
The blackberries, pineapple, and cup of sugar.
I drained the pineapple, reserving the liquid. Mix fruit, add 1 cup sugar, and toss to combine. Let sit at least 30 minutes.
I stirred several times during the 30 minutes.
Look at all the pretty colors.
After the fruit and sugar have imbibed each other, strain, and reserve the liquid.
Sifted dry ingredients.
1 cup milk vanilla
Add the vanilla and milk to the dry ingredients.
Amount of vanilla is up to you. I used 1 tablespoon.
Pour the batter into the melted stick of butter.
Ladle the sugared, strained fruit onto the batter.
And my cobbler is ready to go into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, increase heat to 400 degrees and bake for 10-15 more minutes, until golden around edges. Next, my juice reduction.
Remember I'd saved the drained juice from the pineapple tidbits along with the strained liquid from the blackberry/pineapple/sugar menage a trois. I combined the two fruity liquids.
In a small, tall sauce pan, I heated the fruit jooses, over very low heat, and reduced it, for the entire time the cobbler baked. And to the math-impaired, that time would be 40-45 minutes.
Cobbler is ready for some ice cream.
Fruit cobbler with homemade vanilla vanilla ice cream with a pineapple/blackberry syrup reduction drizzled over top.
Oh my. This kicked ass. 'nuf said.


Hairball T. Hairball said...


You are absolutely right about the superiority of homemade ice cream. People used to fight over Mama Hairball's homemade ice cream.

Sloane said...


Will you adopt me?

Marilyn said...

Don't you just love how that works out - lose something, replace it, find it.

That cobbler looks divine. And now I have a hankering to dig out my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and make my mother-in-law's custard ice cream.

Kathy said...

Sloane - you can't have her. I have first dibs.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Hairball, do you have Mama Hairball's recipe? I'd love it.

Marilyn, it's cosmic order.

Sloan and Kathy, Please don't fight over me. You both can share the wonderfulness of Rosie.

Mr. P said...

That looks yummy. I wish my significant other would make homemade ice cream.