Maple Ice Cream and CONTEST #3!

unnamed-22Happy Friday! I’m enjoying my morning coffee and having fun reading through all of your blog comments yesterday. So many of you are carrying on family legacies in your knitting/quilting/sewing/crocheting. I know future generations will be the lucky recipients of some of your beautiful work. The winner of yesterday’s blog contest is Melanie in Utah who wins this mega bundle of Wonderland  Yarns Messenger Hat Kit! (The pattern is on the inside of the label, and this bundles makes two hats. It’s a sport weight yarn and there are 516 yards in the bundle.) Melanie, we’ll get this shipped out to you today, and I hope you enjoy it! Remember, we’re celebrating our Eighth Anniversary with eight blog contests over the next week and a half. See the end of today’s post for the details on Contest #3 and get entered.

Today’s recipe is one that our Office Manager Lynn shared with us. Her family makes this every year at Thanksgiving. We tried it this summer and it was delicious. It has a great caramel/maple taste, and we used maple syrup from the Arnold Family Farm (cousins!). I’ll bet it would be awesome on pecan pie, or with a few pecans sprinkled on top.

SONY DSCLynn’s Maple Ice Cream

6 large egg yolks
1 cup pure maple syrup (the darker the syrup, the stronger the taste)
2 tsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup half and half
1 1/2 cups light cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat the egg yolks with the maple syrup, flour and salt. Set aside.

Bring the half and half to a simmer in a heavy saucepan. Then slowly beat the hot half and half into the eggs and maple syrup. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard begins to thicken slightly. (Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble.)

Remove from heat and pour the hot maple custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow to cool slightly, then stir in the cream and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.

Stir the chilled custard, then pour it into your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. When finished, the ice cream will be soft serve, or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2 hours or more for firmer ice cream.

Today’s Contest Question: Do you have a favorite family recipe that you make at just certain times of the year? (And if so, why not make it more often? Or would it be less special that way?) Leave a comment below and we’ll randomly draw a winner to receive our next great prize. Watch for the prize and winner on Monday’s blog post, along with Contest #4. Thanks for helping us celebrate eight years of fun!

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  1. I make my version of a pasta dish whenever the kids come back. It’s called Olio and Aglio. Love it, as do they.

  2. Every year at Christmas, I make peanut clusters for my family. They are everyone’s favorites and I make A LOT!!! We use them as hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, church friend gifts, teacher gifts, etc. I don’t make them at any other time of the year as they just wouldn’t be as special then. Also, they are my husband’s favorite and he wouldn’t stop eating them if they were around year-round and I want to keep him around for many more years, so I only make them at Christmas!!

  3. We make linguini with sausage and leeks, but only at birthdays–my whole family has fall/winter birthdays, so this creamy pasta is a special, cozy birthday meal.

  4. My mother and father make handmade pierogi for christmas eve dinner. It would absolutely not be christmas eve without them.

  5. I make Kringla, a Norwegian cookie every Christmas. It’s my family’s favorite and if it isn’t on the cookie tray I’m in big trouble.

  6. No dish is that special in my house that we save it – if we like it, we make it other times. Now, when we were growing up, we were glad that my mother reserved Oyster Stew for New Year’s…. would have been just as glad to have her save it for the Turn of the Century!

  7. No one bakes like my dad! His sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies are something our whole family looks forward to every Christmas. Sometimes we’re lucky and he bakes the sugar cookies for other holidays, too. I am the decorator and do a lot of the decorating with royal icing – so simple, but looks very elegant!

  8. Snickerdoodkes at Christmas. I suppose I could make them more often, but it’s just a cookie I associate with Christmas.

  9. I have a couple of pie recipes that have been handed down. If I made them too often, they wouldn’t be nearly as special.

  10. Honestly, I can’t think of any special recipes that only get made at certain times of the year in my house… except for maybe Christmas cookies. And given that they’re “event food,” it only makes sense for them to only be around then.

  11. I make pecan pies at Thanksgiving. I don’t think it would be less special to make them at other times of year, but even if I’m not at home with my parents, it makes me think of my mother and me working together in the kitchen, which is definitely a holiday feeling!

  12. My favorite family receipe is Kringla. It’s supposeedly Norwegian, but when never found it outside of Dad’s side of the family. It’s a type of sweet shortbread. And a double batcg has been known to vanish within a hour even though their were only 3 of us eating and chatting. I won’t relate what that many cookies did to my blood sugar.

  13. Old fashioned cut out sugar cookies with colored sugar on top. Made much sweeter and crispier by rolling the dough in powdered sugar rather than flour.

  14. I make Special K bars at holidays. My aunt made them for us and now I carry on the tradition. It brings back warm memories.

  15. I don’t tend to be season-specific with my food, and we don’t really have family recipes. I’ll eat hearty soups in the middle of summer and chilled salads in the winter. From living in Japan for a couple of years, I do feel that Japanese green tea (Matcha) and sweet bean paste candies are a fall treat.

    Back to Project Three!

  16. I have a blueberry cake recipe that I make a couple of times every summer when local blueberries are available. It is something we all look forward to.
    That ice cream recipe looks delicious! I am going to have to give it a try:)

  17. Christmas sugar cookies are a tradition in our family. All the girls get together to mix, roll, and cut out. Then the decorating fun begins. Now it is exciting to have the grandchildren participating.

  18. My husband’s mother use to make an awesome Irish Bread. I make it in the winter when its not so hot and the oven doesn’t heat up the kitchen. The smell of it baking brings a lot of good memories back!

  19. There is a family recipe for Butterscotch Parfait — only time we had it was for family birthdays! And the birthday cake was always Angel Food cake!

  20. Chocolate oatmeal cookies! My mom made these all the time when I was a kid, so whenever I need that nostalgic feeling of childhood, I whip up a batch. Hmmm… maybe I need to make some this week 😉

  21. We make individual nut rolls (either walnuts or pecans) at Christmas and I make extra spicy pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  22. I make our family’s version of dressing. I usually make it only for family gatherings. The only reason why I don’t make it more is that it is just me and hubby at home so it’s just a bit too much.

  23. My family adores pumpkin pie. It is a requirement for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We really need to have it other times of the year!

  24. We have a super secret family recipe (oh, I’m sure it’s out on the internet somewhere!) that my mom would make every summer — Garlic Mint Tomatoes. Peeled ripe tomatoes, cut into chunks and marinated with garlic and mint…the quintessential summer taste! Has to be summer because they have to be great tomatoes.

  25. Every Easter my grandmother who was Slovak made rupka, a very firm custard that you slice to which we might add walnuts and raisins. I usually make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas as it reminds me of her.

  26. For me it not the recipe, it the food, apple pie or crisp in the fall, pumpkin pie for thanks giving and a lot of differnt kinds of cookies in dec.

  27. My mother makes a DELICIOUS rum/fruit cake for Christmas. She makes quite a few for all of children and their families and even a friend or two. Definitely a once a year kind of thing…too special for all year long.

  28. I have an apricot jello salad that I make only at Thnksgiving. The taste and color just seem to add to the feast.

  29. A sour cream sugar cookie recipe that has been passed down for a several generation, is the go to for special cookies, Christmas, Valentine, Wedding, frosted/decorated or plain with just sugar sprinkled on them before they are baked.

  30. Christmas cookies. Many of the recipes could be made year round but the whole collection is special. I did make them last summer for my daughter ‘s wedding.

  31. Ever since I can remember, we have had the same thing for Christmas breakfast. I have no clue how to spell it but it is basically just hot roll mix, that has been raised, then cut into strips and fried in hot oil until brown. Then you either eat them with just butter or jam. I have carried on the tradition with my kids and my oldest two are now doing the same for their families!

  32. In my household we make raspberry pretzel jello every year around the holidays. It’s not that we save it for the holidays to keep it special, it’s just that a whole pan of it isn’t safe with only 2 people in the house 🙂

  33. Latkes for Hanukkah! We could make these more often but they would not be special and we would have to ride the guilt train after eating them!

  34. My great-grandmother’s pecan pie. Thanksgiving and Christmas. Makes it more special when we only have it a couple of times a year.

  35. I make buttermilk pie during the holidays. It’s the only time of year that I make it, and my family looks forward to it when they come to Christmas Dinner.

  36. So many gifts! So far I have knit 14 pairs of mittens (most will be gifts) 6 pairs of slippers, again most are gifts, and I’m working on hat number 4, all are gifts.

  37. I will be working on 5 or 6 gifts, all felted mittens. I’ve made quite a few in the past months and find that since I have the pattern memorized, it is almost mindless, so goes fast. And felting hides a multitude of sins!!

  38. Our family favorite is baked ziti with my homemade Bolognese
    sauce. I do make it at other times during the year and always keep a stash in the freezer, but it is the most requested when all the “boys” (31, 29 and 25) are home for the holidays. See, you can stash more things than yarn – but yarn is the most fun.

  39. Oh curried fruit, thanksgiving and christmas. Also prairie potatoes (the casserole with the hash browns, onions, sour cream and Lays potato chips). nomnomnomnomnom

  40. I made a ton of ice cream, but my largest amount is once a year in July for National Ice Cream Day.

    I also make cuccidatti only once a year for the holidays.

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