trouble with grainy ice cream
Posted: 24 November 2007 04:33 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I recently made the Triple Vanilla Ice Cream from the Pie and Pastry Bible, with the creme fraiche variation, and the ice cream turned out really grainy - not ice crystal grainy, but it was as if the custard was grainy (though I don’t recall the custard being very grainy before I froze it). This has happened before with this recipe, using the creme fraiche variation ( I omitted the Cobasan, and didn’t put in the requisite amount of alcohol - which I have done before in other recipes, and not had a problem with the texture).

Any ideas? It seems to be related to using the creme fraiche (home made), but I am not quite sure yet. Has anyone else experienced this same problem?

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Posted: 24 November 2007 05:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I do strain it before freezing it. It doesn’t feel grainy after I strain or cool it, but it does turn grainy after freezing. It’s so weird!

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Posted: 25 November 2007 08:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Is the custard cooked?  Might it have to be pulled off the heat a bit earlier?

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Posted: 25 November 2007 01:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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sounds like you’re right about the creme fraiche being the culprit…  but , one more thing, is that the alcohol would keep it from freezing.  Maybe what you’re seeing as grainy,is that it’s able to freeze more solid, without the addition of alcohol.??

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