Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sharing our snow with y'all: Snow Cream Recipe

We finally got our snow day! Both of the Sisters have been wandering from window to window all morning, pointing and saying "Snow! Snow! Snow!" SuperSam has been running and shrieking and jumping off furniture. We were finally able to get everyone outside for a bit (as you can imagine, the process of dressing three wiggly, excited little people in snow-appropriate apparel is really something). There is a lot of snow out there, and it's still coming down.

Last night, we made our predictions about how much snow we would get and put out some yardsticks to measure. SuperSam marked each stick with our initials and a line to mark each person's prediction. We put one on the deck, one by the swingset in the backyard, and one by the mailbox in the front yard. This morning, all our markings are covered up. Happily, I think we all underestimated this one.

After coming inside, we made our first batch of snow cream (though I'm sure there will be more batches in the next few days). I have been told this is a "southern" thing, which makes me laugh for two reasons:

  1. I grew up in the South, so I don't know if it's a southern thing or just seems normal.
  2. We don't really get that much snow in the South, so we only get to do this every few years. If I lived in Michigan, I'd be making this stuff all the time.
For those unfamiliar with this special wintry treat, snow cream is really simple to make. Here is our favorite recipe:
This post-it lives in the front of my recipe binder all the time, just in case.

We usually just bring in a big bowl of clean snow and scoop out of there without measuring until the texture seems right. Today, I used about 6 heaping cups of snow to 1 cup of milk. You can scale it as needed (3-4 cups of snow seemed to work well with 1/2 cup of milk).

We used whole milk today. Heavy cream is nice, too, if you have it.

Some yummy variations:
  • Try maple syrup instead of sugar. 
  • Add chocolate milk powder (like Nestle's Quik)
  • Add mashed or pureed fruit (bananas work well)
  • Add cinnamon 

Some people like to add raisins (and rum!), but I've found the raisins always just get really hard, and I don't really like them that much to start with. Some people also add raw eggs. I don't. I just can't get over the whole salmonella thing, you know?

Whatever you choose to use, assemble your ingredients, and fetch some clean snow in a large bowl. Have a second bowl ready for mixing.

Whisk together everything except the snow in the second large bowl until it is well combined.

Add the snow a cupful at a time until the texture seems right to you. (Remember that it will start melting pretty much immediately, so it will be runnier than ice cream.)

Eat it!

Do you make snow cream (or did you grow up doing it)? What do you like to put in it?
Check out SuperSam's snow creations from the afternoon here.