April 6, 2010

Create a flavor! Win some tickets.

I gave it a valiant effort, but sadly have to file this under fail. After receiving the ice cream maker Kitchen Aid attachment with the wedding loot, I made it my mission to recreate the incredible olive oil, chocolate and sea salt gelato found at fine Atlanta restaurant Ecco.

Sadly, when I attempted to use this recipe, the flavor was decidedly off. [No blame to the recipe maker, you should definitely check out Desert Candy's extensive ice cream recipe listing! Avocado! Sour cream brown sugar! Innovation at it's finest.]

Perhaps my custard was overcooked? Proportions off? Eggs old? Though my dear husband is pointing his finger at the dreaded STORE BRAND OLIVE OIL. [insert dramatic chipmunk]

I should have used the good stuff we picked up at Star Provisions from our local cheese-mongerer. @timthecheeseman allows customers to sample oils from various regions and countries, and bring the bottle back in for reduced price refills. Delicious and sustainable!

Really, to make the olive oil and chocolate ice cream happen, I should have called on Jake for help. That's Jake of Jake's Ice Cream, local Atlanta ice cream kingpin, who is partnering with the annual A Taste of the Highlands benefit event to create a new ice cream flavor in honor of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. You know, for the kids.

So, if you have any winning suggestions (HINT HINT, see suggestion above), please submit your ideas to the Create a Flavor contest by the end of the week. First, second and third prize ideas will win free tickets to the Taste of the Highlands event on May 15, 2010. Go forth and ideate!


AsianCajuns (Lar) said...

What a gorgeous blog! I'm so glad you left a comment on ours so we could see what you do.

Even though your Ecco ice cream creation did not produce the desired results- it still sounds absolutely divine!

ps- my bf and I are armchair foodies (literally: we eat on the couch a lot) so I'm sharing this blog with him asap.

Nic said...

Aw shiz, exceeded my ! limit with this post. Better luck next time.

ELT said...

I randomly found your blog while looking for a recipe for Ecco's sea salt olive oil ice cream. I followed the recipe you linked to with fresh eggs and fancy olive oil. We ate it with chocolate pudding/mousse and it was fantastic! I made the ice cream with my KitchenAid attachment it was by far the best ice cream I have made.


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