Blackberry and Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream and American Gods
If the amount of sweat my pores have been pouring lately is any indication, summer is here with a vengeance. HEYO. Welcome to TMI. And now that summer is here, I want to harken back to summer 2014 (yikes) when I was but a humble junior-to-be, and I started reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman as a part of a book club/competition with a friend. I fell in love with this book and how grown-up it made me feel. Though it was exciting and fresh and full of magic, it wasn't Harry Potter, Harry Potter fanfic, or Percy Jackson. This was a book written for REAL LIVE adults, and I was reading it and loving it! How exciting is that! I felt great about reading and about being an adult reader in that moment (I mean, I read it in my very first apartment that wasn't a dorm or my parent's spare bedroom!), and I'll never forget how excited I was to be excited about reading again. It's a feeling that comes back every summer, and so welcome to the American Gods re-readers club.
The other thing that comes back literally as soon as I can swing it and still be socially accepted is this no-fail, no-churn, no-effort recipe for ice cream. IT IS SO EASY. IT IS CRAZY HOW EASY IT IS. So go nab the recipe for my favorite flavor, blackberry and cookies and cream.
Blackberry Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream
So easy you might have to make it twice.
Blackberry Cookies 'n Cream Ice CreamBy Page & Plate, June 5, 2019
This ice cream is a summer staple in our house, and it's hard to tell who likes it better, Colin or Daily.
Makes: 1 gallon of ice cream
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 15 oz. of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- 1 cup of blackberries, crushed
- 1 sleeve of your chocolate sandwich cookie of choice, crushed
- In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream for about five minutes until you have stiff, stiff peaks. If you whip too hard and somewhat curdle the cream, never fear. You can fix this by being a bit rougher on step two to take some air out of the cream.
- Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk, folding in gently with the spatula. Keeping as much of the fluff in the cream as possible does wonders for making this taste like you churned it for hours. I don't know why! It's a texture thing!
- Add the vanilla next, and fold it in gently per above.
- Finally, fold in the blackberries and Oreos. Or whatever your chocolate sandwich cookie of choice is. Mine was Whole Foods's knockoff, because that's where I was when I decided I wanted ice cream.
- Pour into a 9x5 loaf pan or fancy ice cream container if you have it. (I have it.)
- Freeze for about five hours, then just go crazy.
Plot: This book is an epic story of an ex-con, Shadow, who is released from prison just as his wife dies (spoiler). As he tries to make sense of his grief, he's hired as the bodyguard of a man who turns out to be a god in the midst of a war between the Old Gods and the New. Don't you hate it when that happens?
Thoughts: I read this book the year after my freshman year of college on the Kindle app on my phone and I loved it. Then I re-read it the next summer on the Kindle app on my phone. Then I tried to watch the show and hated it, so I re-read it on the Kindle — okay, you get the picture.
I love this book. A lot. When I read it the first time, it struck me as the first grown-up feeling book that I really, genuinely devoured the same way I did a lot of young adult fiction, and I was proud of that. Percy Jackson is great, but Percy Jackson written for adults is better. When I read it again, it continues to strike me as just a really good fantastical adventure story. I say read in the present tense because this is about to be the book I finish on a flight, just for the record.
I love this book because I'm a sucker for Neil Gaiman, because I will never grow out of loving a really good adventure story, and because this book, above most others, allowed my imagination to run wild in an exciting world that excited me about reading when I was feeling a little lost in the process of growing up.
Verdict: Highly recommend. DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW. Read the book.
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