How much do we love Orange is the New Black series on Netflix? I watched the entire season in two days. The writing, the acting are both superb. The characters are so wonderfully brought to life by an incredibly talented cast, I just can't wait for season two to start. The series is funny, terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time. It's perfect.
I had the opportunity to chat with Laverne Fox a few weeks back at an event in NYC several of the cast member attended. She was gracious, fun and stunning in purple.
The characters are all so good, I can't decide which character I like best in the series, but Crazy Eyes is definitely up there. I thought of her when I was creating this ice cream and knew, even though it was for a Halloween post, I had to dedicate this to her and the cast of Orange is the New Black.
Periodically when I have the time and inclination I make eyes out of leftover royal icing. For a past halloween treat, I dumped a bunch of them into a Monster Eyes Oreo Bark.
Recently, there seemed to be an unusual amount of these eyes staring at me from my pantry. It was time to put them to use. I used a fair amount up on ghost and bat cookies made for a UN Spouse Bake Sale at UNICEF last week, I still had way too many left over as well as lots of royal icing already ramped up to make new ones.
So. What's a girl to do with too many eyeballs? Throw them in a festive halloween ice cream of course! I threw together some orange flavored ice cream, tinted it with food coloring and decorated the finished product with crazy eyes.
In a departure from making my usual icky Halloween treats, these are not too scary or gross. Definitely more kid friendly. Here's looking at you.
Orange is the New Black Crazy Eyes Halloween Ice Cream
For the Orange Ice Cream:
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups cream
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- Orange paste food coloring - optional
- In a medium saucepan heat milk, cream, sugar and extract until sugar is dissolved. Add food coloring if desired.
- Whisk egg yolks together and slowly pour the cream mixture into the yolks whisking quickly to temper the eggs.
- Scrape the tempered mixture back into the pan and reheat stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens a bit, coating the back of a wooden spoon.
- Remove from heat and strain.
- Cover with plastic wrap, making sure the wrap touches the top of the mixture.
- Refrigerate for at lease 3 hours or over night.
- Place in ice cream maker and follow manufacturers directions.
- Transfer the ice cream to a container and place in freezer until it hardens.
- Scoop the ice cream into bowls and decorate with royal icing eyes.
For the royal icing spooky eyes:
You will need:
- Parchment paper
- Your favorite royal icing recipe (or use left over icing). I use this one from Bake at 350.
- Paste food coloring (black and then any other color eyes you want to make aside from white)
- Disposable pastry bags.
- #1 tip
- #2 tip(s)
- Fit the bags, one with #1 (for the black icing), the rest with #2 tips.
- Divide icing into however many color eyes you want to make.
- Make sure the consistency is not too watery. You need thick icing. Adding sifted powdered sugar will thicken it.
- Color one portion black and fill the #1 fitted pastry bag.
- Fill the other bags with the #2 tips with the other icing colors.
- Pipe several dots out onto the parchment paper (I make several different sizes.)
- Then use the black icing to make a dot in the middle of the previous dots.
- Repeat until you have as many eyes as you need.
- Let dry overnight.
- Store in airtight containers or zip lock bags.
Here are some posts that made me smile, eek or boo this past month:
Sugar Hero's Brain Cupcakes
Alien Chestburster Macarons as shown in Fooddiggity
Alana Jones-Mann's Barking Bad
And last but not least, Til Death Do Us Part Wedding Cake at Foodiggity