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Rumor has it that Thomas Jefferson, the third American president invented ice cream.
Well, he was a principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he was an American Founding Father and president between 1801-1809 but he did not invent ice cream.
He did, however, write the Thomas Jefferson ice cream recipe and popularized ice cream in America.
He wrote the ice cream recipe, his most popular, at the back of his savoy cookies recipe to be served alongside the dessert.
It’s surprising when I meet people who do not like ice cream since this is easily one of our top choice desserts to have at any given time.
America comes second after New Zealand as the world’s highest consumer of ice cream.
According to the World Atlas, New Zealand tops the list with a consumption of 28.4 liters annually per capita followed closely by the United States with a per capita consumption of 20.8 liters.
The most consumed flavor is vanilla ice cream, which explains why it’s a common and favorite flavor.
It’s followed closely by chocolate mint. Americans consume the highest amount of ice cream from March through to August during summer.
Being the best-preferred flavor, it’s without a doubt that we will enjoy making the Thomas Jefferson Ice cream, a dessert with rich flavor and an even richer history.
Surprising benefits of eating the Thomas Jefferson ice cream
The Thomas Jefferson Ice cream has been a favorite food for decades.
It’s that one dessert that goes with anything; whipped cream, fruits, sundaes and even pies. Ice cream is the ideal comfort food for any mood or occasion.
While ice cream may not be the healthiest food on the table, it has benefits that will surprise you, so don’t feel guilty for having that one or two extra scoops.
● It makes you happy- this is why we all reach for a tub of ice cream after a long day or when feeling sad. It has a way of brightening every situation.
● Healthy diet and assists in weight loss- Sounds crazy, right? Ice cream and weight loss in the same sentence? Truth is, being a dairy product, ice cream is rich in calcium. Calcium keeps the body strong and boosts metabolism.
● Good for strong teeth and bones- being a dairy product, this delicacy is made from milk which is a known rich source of calcium. Calcium is key in keeping our teeth and bones strong and healthy.
● Contains nutrients that boost the immune system- the milk and cream in ice cream are a good source of vitamin A and D, phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, selenium and zinc. The vanilla beans in the Thomas Jefferson Ice cream also have antioxidants and small amounts of iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
● Gives you energy- Ice cream contains sugar/ glucose which is a quick source of energy.
● Stimulates the brain- the vitamins and nutrients in the ice cream boost the brain and keep you alert.
Points to note about the Thomas Jefferson ice cream
Like every good thing, ice cream should be eaten in moderation.
To avoid the problems stated below, you can alternatively go for low-fat, low sugar ice creams available in a wide range in the markets and stores.
● Lactose content- Being a dairy-based product, ice cream has lactose, a milk sugar. People who are lactose intolerant lack the enzyme lactase needed to digest lactose. The solution is to substitute ice cream with other frozen products or take a lactase supplement.
● Allergies- ensure that you are aware of dairy, animal or lactose allergies you may have to avoid digestive issues.
● High-fat content- Ice cream has high-fat content and therefore should be taken in moderation to avoid high cholesterol build up.
● High sugar content- intake of too much sugar can cause weight gain, dental cavities and high cholesterol issues.
●To reduce sugar and fats in your ice cream, use low fat ingredients, in this case, low fat cream or low fat milk and replace the sugar with a sugarless substitute like sweeteners.
●When buying the ingredients, always ensure they are fresh and be sure to maintain hygiene during preparation to avoid contamination.
How best to serve and store the Thomas Jefferson ice cream
●Ice cream is best stored at temperatures between negative five degrees Fahrenheit to ten degrees Fahrenheit.
●To serve the perfect scoop, the temperatures should be between six degrees Fahrenheit and ten degrees Fahrenheit.
●Exposing the ice cream to temperatures above ten degrees Fahrenheit changes its flavor, texture and safety. Once melted, it does not go back to the same consistency when refrozen and therefore will not taste as good as before.
●Always store your ice cream in an airtight container in a freezer at the right temperatures.
Half a cup of the Thomas Jefferson Ice Cream contains;
● 424 calories
● 40g fat
● 4g protein
Preparation time: 20 mins plus chilling time
Cook time: 30 mins per batch plus freezing time
Makes: 2 ¼ Quarts
●2 quarts of heavy whipping cream
●1 cup sugar
●1 vanilla bean
● 6 large egg yolks
If you do not have the vanilla bean, you can substitute this with vanilla extract.
Replace the vanilla bean with 1 tablespoon of the vanilla extract.
Stir it into the cream mixture after the ice water stage (Instruction no. 6).
1.Combine the whipping cream and sugar in a large and heavy saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds and add the bean into the saucepan.
2.Over medium heat, heat the mixture until bubbles form around the pan. Keep stirring to dissolve the sugar.
3.Scoop a small amount of the hot mixture into a small bowl with the egg yolks. Put the yolk mixture into the saucepan and keep whisking constantly.
4.Lower the heat and keep cooking until the mixture thickens. The temperature should be at 160c.
5.Keep stirring constantly and when about to boil, transfer the mixture to a bowl.
6.Place the bowl in a bigger container containing ice water. Remove the vanilla bean and keep stirring until the desired thickness is attained.
7.Put the mixture in the desired container.
8.Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
The Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream can be eaten alone or served with;
●Sprinkles- you can choose from a variety of sprinkles varying from texture, flavor and color. They can either be colorful or plain chocolate, chunky or tiny in that they do not interfere with the Thomas Jefferson ice cream flavor.
●Fruits- You can pick a single fruit, for instance strawberries or a fruit salad to go with your ice cream.
●Chocolate syrup- Not only does chocolate syrup look good on a Thomas Jefferson ice cream cone, it also tastes amazing. Drizzle this syrup on your scoop of ice cream for that amazing taste.
●Waffles- Waffles and vanilla ice cream are just heavenly. You can either use the waffle as a cone, put the ice cream between two waffles or just dump the ice cream on the waffle and devour it.
●Biscuits and cookies- You can sandwich the ice cream between the biscuits or cookies or crush them and sprinkle on the ice cream.
●Pies- A scoop of the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream on your apple pie or any pie of your choice will give it zest
●Nuts- Sprinkle your nuts of choice on your ice cream and enjoy.
The Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream also goes well with drinks like the coconut vanilla ice cream rose cooler, pineapple and banana drink or grape and ice cream drink.
The vanilla ice cream gives the drinks a creamy refreshing taste suitable for any type of weather.
It’s also a key ingredient in frozen drinks like milkshakes and smoothies.
The taste is also exceptional when eaten alongside other ice cream flavors like chocolate or strawberry ice creams.
As you wait for the ice cream to freeze, you can make chocolate syrup, a delicious condiment that will go well with the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream.
Chocolate syrup recipe
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
●1 ½ cups of water
●1 ½ cups white sugar
●1 teaspoon vanilla extract
●1 cup cocoa powder
●Pinch of salt
1.Mix the water, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan.
2.Put the saucepan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until it thickens and begins to simmer.
3.Remove from heat. Note that the thickness of the syrup depends on how long you let it simmer, you can therefore make it as thick or as thin as you like.
4.Stir in the vanilla extract.
5.Your chocolate syrup is ready. Serve it warm or refrigerate in a covered, airtight container to be served cold on the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream.
6.The chocolate syrup can last up to a week when refrigerated.
Common mistakes to avoid when making the Thomas Jefferson ice cream
1.Over churning the ice cream- Ensure you mix your ice cream ingredients to a thick consistency before transferring them to a storage container and storing in the freezer. When the ice cream base starts to freeze during mixing, the result is not a firm scoopable treat but rather one with an icy texture.
2.Using low fat milk or cream- To attain that creamy texture in ice cream, you need to use milk or cream that has fat content which is not easy to get with fat free products.
3.Skimping on ingredients- To get good quality ice cream, do not use random ingredients. For instance, do not replace vanilla extract or beans with the essence as the taste will not be as good as it should be.
4.Overfilling the bowl- this creates a problem when combining the ingredients. Crowding the bowl results in spilt contents and ice cream that is not well aerated during mixing.
5.Temperature- ensure you follow the instructions keenly. The right temperatures as mentioned above should be adhered to at each stage. Once ready, store in a freezer and once ready to devour, remove only what is needed and be sure to consume it all. Do not refreeze already thawed ice cream, it does not retain its taste or creamy texture.
There you have it, the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream recipe.
A refreshing treat that guarantees enjoyment with friends and family.
With the variety of choices, you can take your pick on how to enjoy this creamy dessert.
Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream
- 1 sauce pan
- 2 quarts of heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 ½ cups of water
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- Combine the whipping cream and sugar in a large and heavy saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds and add the bean into the saucepan.
- Over medium heat, heat the mixture until bubbles form around the pan. Keep stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Scoop a small amount of the hot mixture into a small bowl with the egg yolks. Put the yolk mixture into the saucepan and keep whisking constantly.
- Lower the heat and keep cooking until the mixture thickens. The temperature should be at 160c.
- Keep stirring constantly and when about to boil, transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Mix the water, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan.
- Put the saucepan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until it thickens and begins to simmer.
- Remove from heat. Note that the thickness of the syrup depends on how long you let it simmer, you can therefore make it as thick or as thin as you like.
- Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Your chocolate syrup is ready. Serve it warm or refrigerate in a covered, airtight container to be served cold on the Thomas Jefferson vanilla ice cream.
- The chocolate syrup can last up to a week when refrigerated.
- Place the bowl in a bigger container containing ice water. Remove the vanilla bean and keep stirring until the desired thickness is attained.
- Put the mixture in the desired container.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.