The Hand of Halloween - Monster hand ice cream
A funny ice cream-horrific tribute to the Thing and other horrible hands on the loose in the more macabre parts of pop culture and horror lore. The base? The versatile and easy (even if you have no ice cream machine) Sicilian gelato, made with starch, no eggs and no cream (only milk). In other words, quite a relatively guilt-free ice cream in terms of calories too!
  • 1 simple plastic glove (of the cheap, disposable kind)
  • 700 ml (about 3 cups) whole milk [optionally, substitute some of the milk for cream, which will make the ice cream richer (and fatter). I would only replace 100-200 ml (0.4-0.8 cup), by the way. ]
  • 125 ml (a full ½ cup) sugar
  • about 5 tablespoons of Arrowroot starch [or other suitable starch, but then you lose out on the funny consistency and the glossy finish]
  • (optional) pinch of salt and/or a little vanilla powder or vanilla sugar
  1. Wash and rinse the plastic glove, making sure it has no holes or leaks.
  2. Whisk together 100 ml (about 0.4 cup) of the cold milk with the Arrowroot starch, making sure that there are no remaining lumps. Set aside for now.
  3. Blend the remaining 600 ml (about 2.5 cups) of the dairy, the sugar, (and the optional pinch of salt/the vanilla) in a sauce pan. Warm until steaming hot (not boiling!) on medium heat.
  4. Blend the Arrowroot starch mixture with the rest of the ingredients in the sauce pan and whisk away. Since Arrowroot thickens at lower temperatures than corn starch and also does not react well to overheating, limit the continued cooking to a couple of minutes or so).
  5. Whisk well and let the mixture cool down.
  6. Refrigerate the base for a couple of hours, then churn according to the instructions of your ice cream machine but only to the "slushy stage" (if you have no ice cream machine, just chill the base in the refrigerator and continue from here).
  7. Now, fill the plastic glove with the ice cream base.
  8. Put the hand in the freezer and leave to freeze (if you want to "position" the hand, wait until it is half-frozen, and consider creative ways of leaving it to finish freezing over some suitable object, like a ball under the "palm").
  9. When it is time to serve the ice cream hand, take it out from the freezer and remove the plastic glove (using a knife is highly recommended).
  10. Serve as elaborate as you like. The combination of the Hand with a few blood-red scopes of raspberry sorbet was very popular in our household :-)