The foot of snow we got at the start of the year has finally melted, but it lasted long enough for us to experiment with a few fun snow recipes. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of this icy ingredient, so file this away and try it when the next storm passes through.
Snow Ice Cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups of snow
Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Send a kid outside to collect 4 cups of clean snow. Pour the milk mixture over the snow and stir for about 2 minutes. Top with some sprinkles and if you are adventurous bundle up and enjoy outside!
Maple Syrup Candy
About 1/2 cup or more of pure maple syrup
Cake pan or pie tin filled with snow
Note: You really can use as much or as little of the syrup as you like. It just depends on how much candy you want to make.
Boil the maple syrup in a sauce pan over medium heat until the syrup is foamy and making slow and big bubbles. I don't own a candy thermometer - but this is about 235 degrees F. While this is boiling (or before you begin) send a kid outside to fill a cake pan or pie tin with clean snow - it's best if it is packed pretty well.
Watch the syrup so that it doesn't flow over the edge of the sauce pan and make sure a grown-up is in charge of the boiling syrup - it gets very hot. When it has reached a slow, thick boil, pour the syrup over the snow. If it melts the snow and doesn't turn hard, then the syrup isn't hot enough. Don't worry, just keep boiling and serve up some maple syrup slush which is also delicious. When the syrup is hot enough, it will turn golden and hard on the top of the snow. Let it sit for a few minutes to cool and then pick up the candy and enjoy.
I hope these recipes are as fun for you as they are delicious. They have definitely helped me during some of the long hours that we were stuck inside!