Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 Snow

and

Ice

 

One of the things I used to love about snow days was that quick faux ice cream treat. I don’t know why I used the past tense as I find Snow Cream to be as yummy as it ever was-especially when I tweaked the recipe to personalize it just a bit. The best snow to use is “dry, fluffy and fresh.” My mom proclaimed that to get the cleanest new snow, just scoop it from the top. My dad always used pure maple syrup well, because he was just a purist.

 

 

Snow Cream is just about as seasonal as food gets plus it’s ‘Local’. The traditional yet vague recipes are passed on for generations until they become folklore as is the case with my father who passed it down from his great-grandmother. So you can follow a basic guideline like using maple syrup instead of sugar or heavy cream to replace canned condensed milk. The design is up to you to keep it plain and simple, make a chocolate rendition or top the chilly dish with nuts, chocolate chips, fruit, coconut or candies.  You might want to try some other flavorings: cinnamon, butterscotch, almond, or eggnog mix. The flavored coffee syrups such as hazelnut are also a fine idea.

Maple Snow Cream-authentic and as Local as it gets

 

 

Per bowl

 

  • Fill soup size bowls with snow.
  • Drop 1/4 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract over the snow in each bowl.
  • Drizzle with 1-3 tablespoons of real maple syrup.
  • Pour 4-6 tablespoons of cream (mixed with a pinch of salt) over the top of everything in your bowl.
  • Stir all the ingredients together and enjoy immediately.

Tropical Snow Cream-a non sequitur

  • Fill soup size bowls with snow.
  • Drop 1/4 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract over the snow in each bowl.
  • Drizzle with 1-3 tablespoons of real maple syrup.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of coconut milk (mixed with a pinch of salt) over the top of everything in your bowl.
  • Stir all the ingredients together and top with chunks of fresh pineapple!

Chocolate Snow Cream (more of an eyeballing and tasting thing)

  • Take a large bowl and fill most of the way with fresh snow.
  • Mix some cocoa powder with granulated sugar.
  • Sprinkle this mixture generously over the snow.
  • Add evaporated milk to taste (not too much lest it become too thin — but of course, if it does get too thin, there’s always more snow).
  • Lastly, add pure vanilla extract and stir it all together.
  • Take a big spoon and serve in individual bowls.
  • Now enjoy — quickly.

 
 

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