The P4 students in my school made ice-cream in class a couple of months ago as part of the Stellar curriculum. On hearing PM Lee’s announcement that the manufacture of ice cream will be halted during the Comprehensive Circuit Breaker period, I asked in the group chat for instructions.
There was a slight problem though. When everyone heard that there’s no more desserts like doughnuts and cakes for the next few weeks, the hoarding frenzy increased in intensity and I couldn’t get hold of the main ingredient, whipping cream.
The hub finally managed to find a 1 litre pack at a totally obscure minimart after weeks of hunting.
Here’s what you need to enjoy homemade ice cream. So far we made 2 batches over 2 days. Ez said these tasted like IKEA’s. Only better. He asked me to tell his teachers that he made ice-cream at home (implying that he finally got to do some stay home activities with me).
- 125ml of whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon of fine sugar (you will get a smoother and creamier scoop if you add in more sugar)
- 2 drops of vanilla essence
- Chocolate chips / rainbow sprinkles / chocolate rice / crushed Oreo / blueberries as toppings
Add in a little bit of whipping cream first to the sugar and mix it well. Thereafter, fold in the rest of the whipping cream and stir some more. Add in 2 drops of vanilla essence and stir before capping it. I used the Avent food storage cups for convenience.
Because there ain’t a freezer in school, the kids had to put the above mixture in an airtight glass container before putting it in another container that’s filled with ice cubes and salt. Keep rolling the container around until the cream solidifies. Putting a dish towel under the container helps tremendously in soaking up the mess.
Science tip: Salt lowers the freezing point of water. When salt is added to ice, energy is drawn the water as the ice cubes melt, making it colder.
We got Ez and Lè meimei to go through the entire process so we could explain this concept. But unfortunately, they didn’t have the patience to continue rolling the container so we stuck them in the freezer and bathe them first instead. Bad idea as it meant they made a huge mess while eating their ice cream in pajamas. I would suggest you get your kids to try this out before nap time. That way, they can wake up to a dessert treat for tea break.
Today, we tried substituting sugar with a quarter sachet of hot chocolate powder to 125ml of whipping cream to get chocolate ice-cream. I think I’m too stingy as the colour is not dark enough. We will be trying other varieties soon. Some suggestions include, adding crushed Oreo to yield cookies and cream ice-cream or substituting the hot chocolate mix with 3-in-1 coffee powder for the adults. So many possibilities for a pack of whipping cream. No wonder it’s OOS everywhere.