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Happy Schnappsing - Issue No. 002
February 08, 2003
February 8, 2003 - Issue No. 002




In this issue:

  • Ice Cream - Flavoured with Thyme Schnapps
  • Dandelion Schnapps
  • Lemon Schnapps
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Tormentil Schnapps




Greetings from Denmark.

It's very cold and wet here in my little corner of the world. But days are getting longer, little snowdrops and pretty winter aconites have started popping up in gardens and woods. And some times we even see the sun.

So, springtime might not be that far away and in a month or so we will be able to dig red tormentil and dandelion roots for our schnappses.

The other day a friend served a very delicious ice cream flavoured with thyme schnapps.

The recipe is easy and the ice cream will not crystallize due to the content of alcohol.


Ice Cream - Flavoured with Thyme Schnapps

Ingredients:

3 deciliter whipping cream (heavy cream)
70 gram sugar
2 egg whites
4 egg yolks
2-8 centiliter thyme schnapps

The amount of thyme schnapps depends on how strong your schnapps is and what suits your taste.

  • Whip the cream to soft peaks.
  • Dissolve 40 gram of the sugar in a little warm water. Let the sugar solution cool.
  • Whip the egg whites with the remaining 30 gram of the sugar to stiff peaks.
  • Whip the egg yolks well. Add the sugar solution - a little at a time - while you continue whipping. Whip until thick, creamy and light yellow.
  • Add the thyme schnapps to the egg mass - a little at a time.
  • Fold in the whipped cream and egg whites until the mass is evenly blended together.
  • Freeze.

You can add other flavoured schnappses to the ice cream. Yesterday I tried to make it with lemon schnapps and the result was very, very good.

Since my last newsletter I have added recipes for dandelion schnapps, lemon schnapps, peppermint schnapps and tormentil schnapps to my website.


Dandelion Schnapps
made from the bright yellow flowers has a fresh, aromatic and sweetish acid taste. The colour is yellow, sometimes dark yellow or reddish golden.

A very enjoyable schnapps that goes well with chocolate, chocolate desserts and cakes. Sweeten it and you have an excellent liqueur.

Made from the roots you get another kind of schnapps - dry, spicy and very aromatic with a pleasant bitter taste. The colour is reddish brown.

Serve it with roast meat and more heavy food where you would normally serve beer. Or - enjoy it on its own.


Lemon Schnapps
has a fine yellow colour and a fresh, enjoyable and aromatic taste. Very good as appetizer.

Serve with marinated heerings, crayfish, shrimps, gravlax, sea trouts, lamb, chicken, and many other dishes.

Or add it to soups, sauces, dressings, whipped cream, marmalades, sorbets, ice cream and other desserts. Blends very well with other schnappses.


Peppermint Schnapps
is fresh, mild and very delicate. Enjoy it on its own. Or serve with lamb, fish, vegetables, soup, desserts, many types of cheese and cheese cakes.

You can also use the peppermint schnapps in desserts, dressings, jellies, sauces and dishes where you would normally use this highly aromatic herb.


Tormentil Schnapps
has a magnificent red-brown colour and a delightful bitter and very aromatic and specific taste.

Enjoy it on its own - or serve with more heavy food where you would normally serve beer. Blends well with other flavoured schnappses, for instance thyme schnapps and ginger schnapps.


Happy Schnappsing

All the best,
Vivi Labo

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