Humble Hibiscus

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Author Notes: I was not a big ice- cream until I started living with my husband, oh my god he is such an ice-cream fan..that now I have also started liking ice cream so much. Although I do not have an ice cream maker, it is on my top list to things to buy. Not that I cannot buy it now. I want to make memories with my first ice cream maker, the memories that we had with my father while making Kulfi. Never realized that a simple task of making Kulfi's can leave back the wonderful and sweet memories with my dad. And , I want to have an ice cream maker in a special way may be as a gift. But, as of now what we do is whenever we are visiting my husband's extended family during weekends, I prep all the things needed to make ice-cream and then we take everything with us and they have an ice cream maker , so we just whip up some fresh ice-cream and then enjoy it before we return home. Bring some back and leave some with them. It is such a fun loving " project" kind of thing for us. we have tried to create so many flavors, laughed out loud when something funny happens and I am sure these are going to be sweet loving memories to share with others and remembered sometime in future. I am a very big fan of hibiscus flavor, so last time when our Uncle and Aunty came to visit us , I made this hibiscus ice cream, of course they brought their ice cream maker with them. Ain't they cute. I love them. PistachioDoughnut

Makes 2 pint jeni's basic ice cream recipe

  • 1/2 cup hibiscus flowers
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 11/2 ounces cream cheese at room termperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon Fine sea salt
  • 11/4 cups heavy Cream
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 or 2 hibiscus flowers in syrup for garnishing ,available on amazon
  1. In a small bowl, mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch to make a smooth slurry. In a medium bowl, add the salt and room-temperature cream cheese and whip all the bumps out. In a large bowl, make an ice bath (heavy on the ice) and set aside.
  2. Pour the cream, sugar, corn syrup, and remaining milk alongwith hibiscus flowers into a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, set a timer for precisely 4 minutes and boil for exactly 4 minutes—the timing is critical. Remove from the heat and let the flowers steep for about 4 to 5 minutes and then strain the mixture and discard all the hibiscus flowers, gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  3. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Do this a little bit at a time so that you can whip out any lumps of cream cheese. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag, seal, and submerge the bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until very cold, about 30 minutes.
  4. Cut the corner off the bag, pour the chilled base into the frozen canister of your ice cream machine, press a sheet of parchment paper directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.
  5. The ice cream is finished at the exact moment when the machine isn’t freezing the ice cream anymore; the ice cream will begin to pull away from the sides (about 25 minutes). If you stop too soon, there will be a thin layer of really dense ice cream on the sides of the canister.
  6. When you remove the ice cream from the freezer, let it sit and relax for 5 to 10 minutes before you scoop and serve it—it doesn’t need to melt, but it does need to thaw slightly. Ideally, serve and eat it while it’s quite firm but pliable and you are able to easily roll it into a ball. Once you’ve scooped it, return any remaining ice cream to the freezer. If the ice cream has melted too much at room temperature, refreezing it will result in an ice cream that is too icy.
  7. Finally , before serving it garnish it with Hibiscus flowers from syrup. The pretty pink color will surely melt your heart.
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