Can someone please explain “traditional anniversary gifts?”
Yes, wood. Today we celebrate five wonderful years of marriage. Nothing says I love you like some tree bark. But seriously, the only wooden gift I could think of that seemed fitting was bourbon…an entire barrel of it. So after some research I found a barrel of bourbon is a mere $10,000 so…I went with ice cream. I always go with ice cream.
I’ve mentioned our ice cream wedding cake before, so ice cream on this day only seems right. On our honeymoon in Italy, Jon and I stopped for a nightcap every evening. And by nightcap I mean he’d get Grand Marnier and I’d get gelato. So I combined the two, added some chocolate and ended up with a boozy, creamy, anniversary dessert.
This ice cream comes together quickly. There are no eggs. There’s no heating the cream. Just stir, chill and churn. It’s citrusy and silky with chunks of milk chocolate. It’s the perfect way to say thank you for putting up with my crazy for the past five years. Thanks for not freaking out when you spent an hour putting together a book shelf that I hate. Thanks for telling me you like my hair when I haven’t washed it in three days. Thanks for leaving me the softest pear in the fruit bowl. And most of all, thanks for never giving me paper, or cotton or tree bark. Happy Anniversary! Love you!
Grand Marnier Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup 2% milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
6 oz milk chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
Posted on October 13, 2012