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Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Following on from yesterday's pretend play, today we made some real ice-cream. First we went found a recipe and then we went to the shop to buy the ingredients. Then we came back and started. First we made a custard by just boiling 300ml of milk. We whisked 3 egg yolks and 125g caster sugar together and then added this to the milk. We gently heated this and whisked (well Evie whisked and I held the saucepan). When it had thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, we turned the heat off and let it cool. Then we whisked 300ml of double cream. Evie went into the garden and collected some mint and then she washed it and I chopped it. I also finely chopped some dark chocolate. We then added the cream, mint and chocolate to the custard and stirred it. Then we poured it into an old ice-cream tub and put it in the freezer.
This activity has been good for science (we have talked about changes of state and the different parts of a mint plant), PHSE (washing hands and mint) and literacy (reading and following instructions).