Cook with Books: The Great Brain

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One of my son’s favorite books series we read this year was John D. Fitzgerald’s The Great Brain series, which chronicles the adventures of young J.D. Fitzgerald and his older brothers, Sweyn and Tom–also known as The Great Brain.  Growing up in Utah in the late 1890s, The Great Brain always has a scheme and his plans are definitely entertaining to read about!   The Fitzgerald boys always look forward to Sunday, because it “was the day of the week when we made ice cream, and everybody helped.”  Fitzgerald describes all the work they had to do in great detail, which may be a surprise to kids who are used to choosing from numerous flavors of ice cream in the freezer aisle!  For this book, we made ice cream in a bag, and while it’s not quite as much work as they go through in the book, you definitely work hard enough to burn some of those calories!

Ice Cream Delicious!

IngredientsYou just need a few ingredients to make this yummy treat!

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • egg substitute equivalent to one egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

mixingPut all of your ingredients together in a quart sized freezer bag.  Seal the top (and then double check it so you don’t lose all of your ingredients!) and then knead the bag gently to mix everything together.

ShakePut the quart sized freezer bag inside a gallon sized freezer bag and add ice and rock salt.  Seal it, and then start shaking.

Still shakingShake until you think surely it’s ready.  It’s not.  Shake some more.  Maybe move outside and shake some while you’re there.

Tired of shakingJust when you think you can’t shake any more, you’ll realize your ice cream is getting thick!

FinishedAll that hard work will pay off and you will have a delicious treat–and be glad that you weren’t born 100 years ago!

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