I voluntarily went to a summer camp that taught college level courses twice in high school (once for essay writing, once for etymologies). I used to read during recess. I was in the anime club. As I type this post, I can look up to my bookshelf and see a book on word origins tucked neatly in between a Phillip K. Dick novel and Douglas Adam's Starship Titanic. Cool is not something I've ever claimed to be.
But this weekend, I feel especially uncool. Because this weekend is San Diego Comic Con and the Food and Wine Conference. So as I sit here with my obscure Russian urban fantasy/horror novels (Sergei Lukyanenko's Watch series. Soooooooo good), almost everyone I follow on Twitter is at some kind of panel or meeting some kind of cool celebrity or Instagramming their swag.
And I'm just like, look at this great deal I got on a video game bundle during the Steam sale. No one cares, because there's Felicia Day doing a meet and greet, and there's Wil Wheaton playing Star Trek Catan with fans, and there's all the super yummy food, and there's a picture of John Barrowman hugging Misha Collins, and oh my god, I seriously just want to insert myself in the middle.
Hold up. Oh my glob, Wil Wheaton just tweeted that he FREAKING MET STEVEN MOFFAT AND TALKED SHERLOCK. Excessive fangirling commencing in 3...2...1...
...ahem, in the meantime, I wish my fellow nerds at SDCC, and my fellow #SundaySupper-ers at the Food and Wine Conference a wonderful weekend. And for all of us uncool enough to be stuck at home, drowning our sorrows in some digital retail therapy, I can provide the ultimate comfort food: Oatmeal Ice Cream.
The Foodie Army Wife, and the theme is breakfast for dinner. I decided to bring the dessert, because, well, have you read this blog before? It's sort of what I do. And since the heat wave has yet to break, I decided to go for a breakfast-inspired ice cream. Specifically, an oatmeal-inspired ice cream. The base of this ice cream is a delicious honey and apple jelly combo with just a touch of cinnamon sugar. Then the ice cream is mixed with some plump raisins, some oatmeal cookie chunks, and some oats toasted with a little honey and brown sugar.
And you guys, it's a-frickin-mazing. It tastes so homey and wholesome, everything you'd want in a breakfast. But it's creamy, sweet, and decadent, the way that ice cream should be. It's the perfect thing to eat while playing video games and bemoaning your lack of coolness.
Oatmeal Ice Cream
1 cup water
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. honey, divided
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar*
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
Heaping 1/4 cup apple jelly
1/3 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2-3 large oatmeal cookies, broken into chunks (optional)
In a small bowl, add the water and raisins and let soak overnight. Drain well.
In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs until fluffy. Add the honey and cinnamon sugar and whisk until well combined. In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and the milk over medium-low heat until it just begins to simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. Remove from heat. Add the milk mixture to the eggs 1 ladleful at a time, whisking constantly. When about half of the milk has been added, mix in the jelly, then finish with the remaining milk, mixing well until smooth. Return the entire mixture to the saucepan, and heat on low, stirring constantly, until it reaches 160°F on a food-grade thermometer. Do not let it boil. Cover and refrigerate until fully chilled, about 3 hours.
Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the oats and toast until golden brown, stirring occasionally to cook evenly. Mix together the remaining honey and brown sugar, and add to the oats, stirring until they are completely coated. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely.
Freeze the chilled custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream is a few minutes from being done, add the raisins, toasted oats, and oatmeal cookie chunks. Freeze completely in an airtight container.
*I used a palm sugar/cinnamon blend, which is a bit sweeter than cane sugar. This amount may have to be adjusted if you are using regular white sugar. Taste the custard before freezing it to be sure.
Recipe adapted from Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book
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Normally it would be very socially unacceptable to have wine with your breakfast, but seeing as this is closer to sunset than sunrise, we say go for it!!!
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