Mishti Doi Style Ice Cream

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My two absolute favorite summer time things are reading for fun (no homework!) and ice cream. Recently, I’ve read two novels by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The Mistress of Spices and Queen of Dreams. Of the two, the latter was my favorite. There was a passage where one of the main characters, Rakhi, is speaking to her father about his life in India and he is listing off all these desserts that he used to make at a small snack job as a teenager. I looked up some of the desserts and came across a dessert called Mishti Doi and I wanted to find out more about what this is. Mishti Doi is a sweet yogurt-like Bengali dessert and it’s traditionally made in an Earthenware pot. Unfortunately, I don’t have an Earthenware pot but I didn’t let that stop me! I think the use of a non-Earthenware pot lead to less than satisfactory results at first (too watery), so I put on my thinking cap and thought… and thought… and then eureka! I could use the yogurty mixture to make ice cream! It turned out to be delicious and creamy, a perfect summertime treat. Enjoy! Ingredients:

1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk

1 cup boiled milk

1/2 can (7 oz.) condensed milk

2. tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon water

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Directions:

Pour the evaporated milk and regular milk in a saucepan. Heat them until warm. Add in the condensed milk. In another pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of sugar over low heat until melted to a golden brown, careful not to brown. Turn off the heat and add the tablespoon of water, stirring with a spoon. Add the caramelized sugar to the milk mixture. When the mixture is a bit warmer add the yogurt and blend well. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly on the counter. Transfer the mixture into a freezer safe bowl and cover with foil. Place the bowl in the freezer and in 40 minutes stir the mixture, breaking up any frozen clumps. Continue doing this every 30 minutes until you’ve got a ice cream like texture, about 3-4 hours depending on your freezer and desired consistency. Now it’s ready to eat, yum!

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