I almost put quotes around “Ice Cream” in the title above. Not because this isn’t a creamy delicious frozen dessert, homemade, in an ice cream maker, it’s just not quite ice cream. It’s a tart sweet confection that earns its name “Firecracker,” that and the obvious association with everybody’s favorite homemade ice cream holiday… the 4th of July. My father makes homemade ice cream every year, you may remember I mentioned our traditional explosive soiree?
In any case this ice cream is the perfect ending to a smoky grilled meal, refreshing, light. I threw in raspberries and blueberries here, I was trying for red white and blue to be festive. However it has just occurred to me that I should make another batch full of cherries and call them “cherry bombs.” Oh the things we must do for research.
I’m eating this on the deck, in fact I don’t think I have ever eaten this particular dessert inside. It’s been a favorite for years, and countless guests have marveled at my devotion to them by making homemade ice cream. I’m about to blow my cover and let the secret out about how ridiculously easy it is. I got the original idea from this lovely lady, but it’s taken on a life of it’s own at my house.
It uses kefir, a deliciously tangy rich tasting cultured dairy product similar to drinkable yogurt or buttermilk. Since the texture is already thick and creamy, you don’t even have to make a custard, like a traditional ice cream recipe!