Friday was the first big snow storm of the year. I love snowstorms which is a good thing considering I grew up in Canada and we used to get a lot of them! So on Friday at 2 a.m I was so excited, unable to sleep I told Neil I had to go out and be in the snow. It was still coming down, the city was covered in a wonderful perfect white blanket. This is the best part about snow, once people start shoveling it and walking in it all the magic disappears and becomes slush.
Last year Perennial Plate did a video I posted about making Ice Cream in the snow which I posted here and then last week in the days before the storm arrived my friend Michael told me about how his Mom used to make Snow Ice Cream and was even nice enough to write her and get her recipe(thanks Michael!):
2 cups milk, 2 beaten eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp vanilla, Lg bowl of clean snow. Mix all ingredients (except snow) until thoroughly blended. Add snow & stir lightly until well mixed. Do not add snow all at once into mixture.
Sounds really easy – I haven’t made it yet, for Saturday night’s dinner I made regular old vanilla ice cream, but love the idea of this recipe so much. Of course in my head I ponder how clean the snow is and do you really want to eat it? I also look at the recipe and wonder if you were to use a traditional custard base if that would work as well? And don’t get me started on flavors. What is brilliant about this recipe is how simple it is and what a fine idea to make ice cream from fresh fallen snow? Hot chocolate anyone?