22 July 2008

Cravings (and a recipe to satisfy, at least one...)

Of all the foods I miss most while we are here in Niger, raspberries and Wendy's chocolate frosties have to top the list. And you know all those comments people tend to make about pregnant women and cravings - well, they can be absolutely true! I've got a friend on vacation in the States who has promised to bring back some freeze-dried raspberries the end of this month. And last week, another friend brought a real treat when she and her family came over for lunch. She brought all the "stuff" to make frosties for dessert - and boy-oh-boy, were they yummy... just ask Elsie Mae...

We've since been told that they are even better if you make them, freeze them overnight and then eat them the next day - that the texture becomes more solid and creamy. I've not verified if that is true or not - they didn't last long enough to experiment, so obviously, we thought they were wonderful just as they were.

With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you the recipe my friend used - in case you get a hankerin' for your own homemade chocolate frosty!

  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups ice water

    1-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk powder

    2/3 cup sugar

    1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 to 1-1/2 trays of ice cubes, as much as you can spare

    2 tablespoons soybean oil OR 2 tablespoons corn oil plus a 5-second squirt of non-stick spray for emulsification purposes

    Place all of the ingredients into the blender, including the oil and the non-stick spray. Use less water for thicker milk shakes and more water for shakes that are easy on your blender motor. The blender should be about 3/4's full. Place the lid on. Process for a full 2 minutes. Pour into cups and serve. Makes 4 - 12oz servings.

    Variations:

    • Add 1 tablespoon of instant coffee for a mocha shake

    • Add 1 very ripe banana for a chocolate banana shake

    • Add a big spoonful of peanut butter for a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake.

    • Add a few broken red and white candy mints for a refreshing Chocolate Mint shake.

    • To make Vanilla Milk Shakes, omit the cocoa powder, reduce the sugar to 1/2-cup and add 1 tablespoon (yes a full tablespoon) of vanilla flavoring. For a french vanilla milk shake crack in an egg too.

We can't get the non-stick spray, but this seems to be a great way to make a yummy frosty and it requires no ice cream - which is horribly expensive here, or requires lots of effort and advanced planning to make. I think we'll be trying this one again - as soon as I borrow a blender. Mine was knocked to the floor a few weeks back, and the pitcher part is broken. :-(

3 comments:

  1. Hurray for ice cream!! Next time you come home for furlough and are around the area at this time of year you will have to sneak over to my parents' house. they have a gigantic patch of thornless red raspberry bushes, and I'm sure they'd share some of the fruit with a poor deprived missionary lady. ;-) Do you think you could grow them there?

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  3. I've heard rumors that they will grow here - as long as they don't get direct hottest time of the day sunlight and get enough water. I think they do well in sandy-ish soil. I'm hoping to bring back some seeds with me next time and see what happens. We are experimenting with gardening a bit now, so who knows? But I may have to see if your parents will let me beg some of those berries off of them next year... my mouth is already watering!

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