Friday, September 14, 2012

Oatmeal Ice Cream with Maple Brown Sugar

An alternative title for this post could be... The time we almost became blog famous.

Perhaps famous is a strong word. But the short story is we entered a food contest and almost won.

Long story here goes.

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There is a food blog called Food52. The site has many contests. A little while back they had a best homemade creative ice cream contest. Ding ding ding! We happened to have made up a recipe for a unique ice cream flavor about 6 months ago. It was just in our head technically so with this contest we knew we had to really create it. I've never really made up a recipe before (hint: you don't always win the first time around) but figured with my luck for winning things I'd be fun.

Yes I've won many things in my life. Mostly small. I can call one 'big'. As a child I won the grand prize in a Blue Peter art contest. For all those not familar it's a long time running kids/family afterschool TV show that does educational & fun stuff. It's was (is?) a national hit. I drew a poster that got plastered all over the London underground (subway yep), the Paris subway and in magazines. I got a free trip to Paris and was on TV.

Back to Richmond.
Our idea was oatmeal ice cream. I'm not sure who came up with the idea first. Tony or I. We decided to cook the oatmeal in the milk that would become the ice cream. Then in a final genius moment decided to make a maple brown sugar swirl. It's just like the breakfast meal except in ice cream form. Sound good?

We've made homemade ice cream plenty of times so that part wasn't hard. We use Jeni's Splendid Ice cream base recipe from her book. In fact part of the draw to this contest was that Jeni was going to make the winning ice cream into a limited edition release for her brand! My dream.

Here is the recipe we came up with. We posted it online the last day the contest was open.

This recipe makes about 1 quart
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup traditional oats
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
  • 1 1/2 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 
  • 1/2 milliliter maple flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Bring the milk to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Add the dry oats and cook for 5 minutes, then strain the cooked oats out and measure 2 cups of oatmeal-y milk. Cooked oats are not needed, go ahead and eat them!
  2. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the oatmeal-y milk with the tapioca starch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry. Whisk the cream cheese in a separate medium bowl until smooth.
  3. Prepare an ice bath: Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  4. Combine the remaining oatmeal-y milk, the cream, 2/3 cup of brown sugar and corn syrup in a 4-quart saucepan, bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to a boil to slightly thicken for 1 minute.
  5. Whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese. Do this a little bit at a time so that you can whip out any lumps of cream cheese. Pour the hot ice cream cheese base into a Ziploc bag and seal. Submerge in the ice bath until very cold.
  6. Cut the corner off the bag and pour the chilled bag into the ice cream machine with the machine running. Drizzle in the maple flavoring. When finished, transfer to a storage container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
  7. Meanwhile. In a small bowl, combine the remaining brown sugar with maple syrup to make a sauce. Once ice cream is done, pack with maple syrup mixture into container. Alternate layers of ice cream and sauce to create pockets and a swirled mixture. Pack quickly into a container, cover with parchment paper to seal out air, and let the flavors bloom while it hardens in your freezer for at least 4 hours.
Then we waited... I actually hadn't read the contest process so had no clue what we were doing. There were almost 200 entries. We ended up not winning, but got a 'Community Pick'!

I'm going to call that 3rd place! There were actually 9 that made it that far but whatever. We made it to the 3rd round! Ours was community tested by readers but not a finalist. See the entry here:

Photo compliments of Tony. Overall I'm glad we got as far as we did with a Community Pick, but bummed we couldn't win the whole thing.

The contest is still going on so you can vote for a winner here. Bet ya can't guess who I voted for?!


If any ice cream companies wants to contact me about taking our ohsospecialuniqueflavor idea. Email me.


  1. YUM!!!!! (And you got to go to Paris from an art contest?! I'm so jealous!)

    1. Yep! I was 10 years old, I went with my mom. It was a blast.


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