Sweet Sandy B. Bakes

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So, let's eat cake!

Notes on my adventure as a mom and baker and life as Sweet Sandy B...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dumped... again...

Thankfully, I'm not dating. And there really is no dumping going on... Unless you count my tattoo artist who doesn't speak to me anymore because his Baby Mama might wail on his behind if he does. Dang...

anyhow I was trolling on Bakerella looking for something creative this week. There were some 'ailments' in my house so I have been home w/ the kiddies up at all odd hours of the day and night w/ them. And then I can't get back to sleep and then I'm on the internet. I figure baking sites are better than FB stalking or some such nonsense.

and I found this nice surprise... a prettier and fancier version of the Dump Cake. Courtesy of Bakerella- although she doesn't like the sound of Dump Cake so she came up w/ a prettier name. Hey- it is what it is. Wear it!
Lets go:

You will need: 2 cans of sliced peaches, 1/2 cup to 1 cup of diced nuts (I used Pecans), 1 box cake mix- Yellow or White is fine, 1 stick of butter (or a little more if your PHAT like me), 1 cup of brown sugar.

Pre-heat oven to 350

Then we start the dumping..

Peaches, in you go. (this is a live and learn comment. take it from me. Use the liquid from only ONE of the cans. Dump the juice from the other can OUT)

Then dump the cake mix on top and spread it out evenly.

Next comes butter, cut into little pieces (sound familiar? we've done this already..)

Here is where the rubber meets the road. Dump the cup of brown sugar on top of the butter. I LOVE brown sugar. Brown sugar and butter... It makes me want to do the ice cream and cake dance.

Then, top THAT with the chopped up nuts and spread about.

Finally we throw in the oven for at least 40 minutes. If you use the juice from 2 cans and use 1 1/4 sticks of butter it will take longer. Trust me.. So, be a good reader and use only the juice of one can and 1 stick of butter.

Then you can get started on this.....

Yup, I went and did it. I made HOMEMADE ice cream. FROM SCRATCH. WITHOUT A MACHINE.
I felt so Oregon Trail... and am kind of proud (really proud) of myself. Plus I used y egg yolks up... genius.

WARNING: this took an extremely long time. Like, up all night anyhow w/ sick kids and what the heck, since I'm up may as well check on this ice cream EVERY HALF HOUR for SEVEN HOURS. not kidding. wish I was.

Here is what you need:
FIRST- a fresh out of the oven Peach Cobbler Dump Cake-

yum, huh?

Then you need these ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 2 cups buttermilk, pinch of salt (1/8 tsp), 2 tsps vanilla, 6-12 egg yolks (depending on how many you have around)

Scald the heavy cream and 1 cup sugar. Meanwhile, mix up the egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar.

Then, sloooooooooowly add the cream to the egg mixture. Once combined and hopefully you havent scrambled the yolks, pour back into the sauce pan and heat on low until you can coat the back of the spoon. (will someone PLEASE give me an estimate of how long this should take? I swear I sit there stirring for at least a half hour)

OK, once you have that spoon coated, pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a metal bowl in an ice bath. Give it a good mix w/ your kitchen aid w/ a whisk attachment, then put in the freezer for 45 minutes.

Whisk it up and then put back in the freezer for another 30 minutes. You are going to keep doing this until the ice cream sets up. I thought this would take 2 MAYBE 3 hours. Not seven. I don't know if it's because I used the Kitchen Aid bowl and it's deep... But seriously it was a mission.

Once you are either fed up or feel like the ice cream is hard enough- take it out, scoop some out and enjoy! Put on top of your favorite Dump Cake, eat it alone, or with some caramel sauce... oh, like that sauce from that Peanut Butter Chocolate Caramel cake! oh wait... I didn't show you that one, did I? next time, next time...

So, will I make ice cream from scratch again? yeah, BUT WITH A MACHINE. This took way too much babysitting. I felt like I had a newborn again and had to feed it every half hour.
But the taste...oh the taste. It was delightful. I wasn't sure about using buttermilk- but it gave it that little tang and for sure tasted homemade. Next time I'm adding different flavors. Strawberry seems to be high on the list today. Strawberries and cream.

I'm off to my friends wedding, hopefully I am feeling better tomorrow and the kids are in tip top shape w/o me for a couple of days.
Have fun w/ this recipe and if you have any other ideas for Dump Cake or ice cream recipes, hook a girl up.