This week, Colleen's selection was Panforte. A decadent take on the traditional Italian holiday cake.
When I saw the recipe, it seemed like a lot of work and I almost decided not to make it. But the ingredients were just too hard to resist...cinnamon, cloves, honey, almonds & candied orange peel. Christmas in a bowl!
So, last night, I made my candied orange peel and whipped up my mix for freezing.
This morning at 7:00 AM, after a night in the refridgerator, I put the mix in my ice cream freezer.
At 7:11 AM what was left of Hurricane Ike blew through St. Louis and the power went off. (It turns out it was going to be off for four hours.) After I realized that it wasn't coming back on right away, I mixed the nuts and orange peel into the mix and put it in a container for the deep freeze. It was the consistancy of a Ted Drewes custard. Not exactly scoop ready.
The power came back on at 11:40 AM and I got out the ice cream to try to form at least a soft scoop for my photograph.
Then I put the whole mess right back into the container and in the fridge to thaw. I figured I would try a refreeze once my ice cream maker's freezer bowl was solid again.
I started thinking that if it didn't refreeze properly, I'd at least have the base for a killer eggnog! Then I started thinking that I wanted a killer eggnog. So I scooped three ounces out and strained it into a glass, added an ounce of my homemade 44 Cordial and a cinnamon stick.
WHO NEEDS ICE CREAM, ANYWAY ! ! !? ? ?