For the past week or so, I’ve been stalking the weather forecast, hoping for a big snowfall so I could try this little number out from Gimme Some Oven. Luckily, as a Minnesota gal, I didn’t have to wait long for the white stuff to start falling.
The sweetened condensed milk/sugar/vanilla flavor combo and slightly ice-y texture reminded me of the ice cream socials we used to have with our neighbors every winter. My dad would fire up our old ice cream maker and we’d continually pack snow down the sides to keep it as cold as cold can be. Inside, my mom would put out toppings as far as the eye could see with everything from whipped cream to sprinkles to hot fudge to bananas. We’d pack our bowls as high as we possibly could and chow down before it melted away into ice cream soup.
This process is much easier and takes a fraction of the time. I added a layer of macerated strawberries, because I wanted to be fancy, but the “ice cream” by itself is actually REALLY yummy. I can’t stress enough the importance of using FRESH, clean snow. When you’re collecting it, make sure you’re not digging, but instead scooping from the very top layer.
FOR THE ICE CREAM, GATHER: 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed | 1/2 Cup Milk | 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar | 1 Tsp Vanilla | A pinch of salt | 6 Cups FRESH Snow | Sprinkles
FOR THE STRAWBERRY LAYER, GATHER: A Handful of Frozen Strawberries | 1 Tsp Sugar | 1 Tbsp Water
1. Start with the strawberry layer and throw all ingredients in a pan over low, low heat on your stove top. Leave until the berries start to soften and you can kinda mush with a fork. Give a few stirs and pour into a food processor. Give it a few pulses, pour into a bowl and put in freezer.
2. Mix up your ice cream “base”. In a small bowl, combine the milks, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Put in freezer and let cool for 10-15 min.
3. Get a big old bowl and head outside. Fill it with the 6 cups of snow. Make sure you just take the top layer – the fresh stuff.
4. Bring inside and immediately pour the milk mixture on top of the snow and mash with a potato masher. I found it’s easier to mash than stir. The snow tends to stick together and makes it hard to stir.
5. Take out your strawberries and layer strawberries, snow ice cream into a bowl and pour those sprinkles on.