Weekend News Bulletin With A Scoop Of Ice Cream

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cover Girl

This is just a quick news bulletin of sort as I have been busy preparing plenty of sweet treats for Bill's birthday. It's not until Monday but we are celebrating all weekend. The man deserves it!

First, you might want to update your readers, feeds, urls, links, etc...as Tartelette is now a .com, as in www.mytartelette.com , complete with a new header. Woot! I have confirmation from my team of engineers that all the redirects are working fine but might as well update the link.

Now, if you are looking for great and tasty recipes to make this weekend, check out the latest issue of Desserts Magazine. Inside the online magazine for which I photographed the cover picture (shameless note to make my mom proud!), you will find a plethora of recipes for all things chilled, cold and frozen. I have already bookmarked a dozen and the ice cream maker is ready to roll.

The ice cream on the cover shot is a tasty strawberry vanilla ice cream I made a couple of months ago that is now on rotation at the house. We just can't get enough of it but here is the recipe in case you get sidetracked flipping through the magazine! Hope you enjoy it too!

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you will join me on Monday to wish Bill a very happy birthday and maybe help me convince him to shave the beard he decided to grow this summer!!

Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream


Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream:

4 egg yolks
1 cup (100gr) + 2 tablespoons (25gr) sugar
2 cups half and half
1 vanilla bean, split open and seeded
1 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and one cup of sugar until pale and thick. In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring the half and half and vanilla bean to a simmer, without letting it come to a full boil. Slowly pour the hot cream over the egg yolks mixture while whisking to temper the egg yolks. Pour the whole mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the cream coats the back of spoon. It should register 170F on a candy thermometer. At this point you have made a custard sauce, also known as "creme anglaise". Let cool completely, strain and refrigerate until cold.
While the custard cools, prepare the strawberries. Place the quartered strawberries and the remaining measurement of sugar into a small heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook just long enough for the strawberries to soften and to release some juice. Remove from the heat and let cool. Once both the fruit and the custard are cold, process the custard first according to your ice cream maker manufacturer's instructions and toward the end of the churning period, throw in the strawberries.

40 comments:

♥Deeba @Passionate About Baking♥ said...

Happy birthday Bill.Please shave your beard off, pretty please.Congrats on the Dessert Mag issue Helene! Fabulous cover picture & well done. I am overjoyed to have a recipe of mine in the mag too...it's a lovely issue!

maybelle's mom said...

like the new header and happy birthday bill. (BTW the redirect worked for me.)

Barbara said...

Strawberry ice cream! Yum. And I have all the ingredients in my fridge. What could be simpler and more delicious?

Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday Bill !
WOW ! What a beautiful photo of that ice cream. OUTSTANDING !

Great Job..and CONGRATULATIONS on the cover !

Kindest Regards,
Kary

Engineer Baker said...

Ew, facial hair :P I'm with you on that - Bill, no facial hair! Especially in the summer - isn't that incredibly hot and itchy? Oh, and Google Reader redirects quite nicely as well, so I don't even have to update my RSS feed! Oh, but ice cream sounds wonderful. While I don't have that flavor around, I'm thinking my riesling ice cream with strawberry swirl sounds really good right now...

Doreen said...

The second I get an icecream maker I'm going to chill out with some strawberry vanilla ice cream! Great recipe, it looks deliciouss!

Doreen said...

The second I get an icecream maker I'm going to chill out with some strawberry vanilla ice cream! Great recipe, it looks deliciouss!

Natashya said...

So lovely!
Happy birthday to Bill, no doubt you will have the best birthday treats in the world!

Sunshinemom said...

Congrats on becoming a dot com! My links to yours are working fine:). After all those online appeals I am sure the beard is already shaved off!! Happy Birthday, Bill:)

A Life In Focus Photography said...

Happy Birthday to Bill, he is a lucky man. looks yummy~

Jen Yu said...

updated! and a very happy bday to B :) you make ice creams look so dreamy. mmmmmm!

Y said...

Great cover photo, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!!!!

cindy said...

updated, too! love your new header the ice cream looks sublime. happy birthday, bill!

Cucinista said...

Looks amazing! Yet another reason I NEED an ice cream maker. Though, come to think of it, that might be the slippery slope to ruin. Though why something so good can be so bad is one of life's mysteries. Or tortures...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Yay! Double cool for the .com and for the new issue of desserts magazine! Awesome cover, your mom WILL be proud!

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Happy Birthday to Bill! We're almost twins. It's my birthday today (Sunday). I was actually going to make some ice-cream shortly for a family BBQ. Will definitely check this out. How fortuitous! :)

Alexandra said...

WHoooooo!!! congrats on your .com move! Your meyer lemon baked alaska looks sensational! The ice cream, and its chunks of berry splendor are deliciously divine! as always, simply beautiful

Alexandra said...

I forgot to add, congrats on the cover photo!!!

Tej said...

Great pic Helen! This strawberry ice cream has become my go-to recipe for both vanilla and strawberry ice creams. I get rave reviews every time I make it (which is a lot given how easy it is!). Thanks!

sarahe said...

oh my goodness...i did not know this magazine existed! i must subscribe now!

shaz said...

Happy birthday to Bill ! (What a great idea to celebrate all weekend) Great pic...looks very tempting, may even convert this apathetic ice-cream eater :)

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Congrats on your move, congrats on your cover shot, and happy b-day to your man! What a happy weekend for you!

veron said...

Happy Birthday, Bill! And please, do shave your beard
. :) ahh, delicious ice cream photos! And yay on
your new domain name and header!

Char said...

congrats!!! you have arrived

K and S said...

whoo hoo! congrats!

misspecs said...

Heartiest Congratulations on the Dot Com!

Love your site and am a regular reader, if not commentator. Keep up the good work!

Kat said...

congrats on the beautiful cover!

Florence said...

Hey!
Your ice cream looks really good! I tried making vanilla ice cream today, and no matter how long I've freezed it for, it's still mushy! ):
I wish I had an ice cream maker!

Maybe said...

Gorgeous photo (love the pink spoon), delicious recipe, happy birthday Bill !

ChichaJo said...

Happy birthday Bill!!! :) Hope you enjoyed and are enjoying all the sweet surprises you lucky guy you! :)

Congratulations Helene on the new domain and on the beautiful cover photo!

Patrizia said...

Looks awesome. I have a ton of blueberries in the fridge, what do you think?? :)

Tartelette said...

Tej: thanks for the testimonial

Patrizia: blueberries would work great with this. Handle them the same way I did the strawberries.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I really need some ice cream looking at these pictures. Yummy!

Kristen said...

I love your new look - it really makes your photographs the centerpiece in all the beauty!

Chez US said...

Congrats on the new site - I love the look!!

Tartelette said...

Kristen and Denise: only the header is new. The re-design should be comin shortly!

SteamyKitchen said...

Oh I looove it! The new site! The feature! The ice cream!

congrats to you - big hugzzzz

Simone said...

Oh, my mouth is just watering..

By the way, what is half and half?

Thank you!

Tartelette said...

Simone: half and half is a typical dairy product in the US (half milk and half cream already mixed). For the recipe here you can easily do 1 cup whole milk and 1 cup heavy cream instead.

Thank you everyone!

Rabeeya said...

this looks amazing. can u tell me what to use instead of vanilla pod? I have vanilla essence/extract. How much should i add if I am using that instead? Thanks!

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