Have you ever made ice cream in a bag? This is a fun one for kids, and so tasty, too!
I have a great recipe to share, but before I do, I want to point you in the direction of a cookbook for a cause that a friend of mine’s then five year old son has put together. So many people love to cook, and not only for themselves. I personally love bringing the wee ones into the kitchen with me and letting them help me out — and they love it, too. Little Miss can already break an egg into the bowl by herself after a lot of practice.
So go check out the Kids Feeding Kids cookbook. It’s a cookbook with recipes from various children, as well as some from celebrities, including Oprah and Chris O’Donnell. It’s not only recipes they love to make, but also recipes they love to eat. For $20, you can get this adorable cookbook with over 800 recipes.
And that $20? It goes to support the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The proceeds from each book are able to buy 100 pounds of food for the food bank. With the economy the way it is, more and more people are relying on the food bank, and this is a great way to support it.
Hurry though. There are fewer than 500 cookbooks left, and once people get their holiday shopping going, I have a feeling they’ll sell out quickly. (I’m pairing it with an apron to give to several children I know who love to cook — and a few adults, too!)
In honor of the cookbook, I’m choosing a recipe this week that is one of the wee ones’ favorites — and one I enjoy too!
How to Make Kids’ Ice Cream in a Bag
1/2 c whole milk (don’t use skim)
1 t sugar
1/4 t vanilla
6 T rock salt
1 pint size Ziploc
1 gallon size Ziploc
Fill the large bag half full of ice, and add the rock salt. Seal the bag. Put the milk, vanilla, and sugar into the small bag, then seal it. Place the small bag inside the large bag, and seal again carefully. Shake up the mixture until it is ice cream, about five minutes. Wipe off the top of the small bag, then open it carefully and enjoy!
I love that this is totally portion controlled! You can also add flavors — put in some chopped up cherries or strawberries. Add a little honey (warmed with the milk). Try mini chocolate chips. Swirl in some caramel or some fudge with a spoon after it’s turned into ice cream. Add a couple drops of peppermint extract. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.
And the wee ones can totally do this themselves. Whoo, more ice cream for Mommy. Is it wrong to use their innocence to my advantage?