I love my ice cream maker. I really do. For some reason, though, lately I keep forgetting that I own one and going through phases of craving ice cream (specifically mint chocolate chip) and frozen yogurt (specifically TBCY's white chocolate mousse). No, I'm not pregnant (trust me!); I think it's just this ridiculous heat wave that makes me want frozen desserts.
Since I'm out of lemon sorbet, I thought about buying some Creamsicles, but I only like the orange ones, and they are only sold in a mixed box along with other flavors. Plus, I've still got some Bomb Pops leftover from July 4th.
Luckily, laziness and air conditioning prevailed, and, after a quick internet search and a fridge/pantry inventory, I realized that I could make my own orange dreamsicle ice cream right here at home.
Orange Dreamsicle Ice Cream
adapted from Cooking with Michele
1/2 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups orange juice
Zest of 2 oranges
Combine the sugar, egg yolks & half-and-half in the top of a double boiler. If you're like me and don't have one, you can "southern engineer" one by simply placing a large Pyrex glass bowl atop a saucepot of simmering water, making sure that the water does not touch the bowl. It isn't pretty, but hey, it works.
Whisk the mixture together and cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, or when a thin film sticks to the spoon. DO NOT BOIL. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add the heavy cream, vanilla, orange juice & orange zest. Mix well and refrigerate until very cold; at least 8 hrs. The mixture will thicken up a bit.
Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a plastic container and freeze until firm.