26 April 2009

Baked Apples & Vanilla Ice Cream

This is the easiest ice cream you will ever make.  And when served over Baked Apples, it's one of the best desserts you'll ever eat!

Baked Apples
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book

4 medium apples (Gala were used)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup apple juice

Core apples and peel away tops. Place in individual ramekins for easy serving or a casserole dish. Combine cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, & nutmeg & spoon into the centers of the apples. Pour apple juice into the bottom of the dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, until apples are tender. Serve warm.

Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from The Idiots Guide to Homemade Ice Cream
Yield- 1 quart

1.5 cups half and half
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 cups whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix half and half with sugar until dissolved. Add whipping cream and vanilla, mix well. Cool mixture in refrigerator. Transfer to ice cream freeze and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.