Well, we got our first really cold temps here in the North Georgia Mountains, and we were blessed with SNOW!
Lots and lots of it!
(okay, 4-6 inches is a lot when you were only used to getting a minuscule dusting in Northern California)
So what does a presumably sane person do when they're freezing their cute little patootie off because of the approximately 8 degrees Fahrenheit temps?
Why, we make SNOW CREAM of course!
I've made it many, many times, but the dear Husband had never had it before, so I took myself outside, risking frostbite and the potential of having several of my digits freeze plumb off,
and I scooped soft powdery snow into a big old metal bowl until I couldn't stand the cold anymore.
(for some reason, I simply can not "do" gloves, and I only resort to shoes when absolutely necessary... which somewhat limits the amount of snow I am actually capable of scooping)
So, once I had the bowl filled, I stuck it in the freezer while I assembled the rest of the ingredients. Or, when it's a mere 8 degrees outside, you can just leave it sitting outside until you're ready.
So here we go with the recipe:
About 6-8 cups of fresh snow
1+ teaspoon of Vanilla extract
sugar to taste (approximately 1/4 cup more or less)
1 can of evaporated milk
Now, with this recipe, nothing is exactly "exact" and you can play with it as much as you like.
Substitute maple syrup / chocolate syrup / or any other favorite flavorings for the vanilla extract if that's what you want to do.
I like maple syrup, so that's what I went with.
And I like sweetened condensed milk, so I went with that too.
Which means that the recipe I just shared with y'all above,
is totally "tweak-able".
Snow Cream is meant to be FUN, so just go with what you have,
Once everything is ready, just drizzle your "flavoring" over your snow, and stir it in slightly. (I use a big metal spoon as shown above)
Then start adding your condensed milk (or plain or evaporated milk), and keep stirring until everything is completely incorporated.
That's all there is to it.
After about 5 minutes of stirring everything in, this is what you end up with:
The heaping bowl of snow only made about 2 good sized bowls, but when it's freezing outside, I really don't want to put very much "cold stuff" in me at a time!
Plus, Snow Cream is so ridiculously simple to make,
that as long as you have access to clean fresh snow, you can stir up more... any time you want!