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When the tension of this world swarms itself way overhead, people find their own means to escape. Some catch a movie, some catch some sleep, some take a vacation and some take a trip to their childhood. Exactly! Everyone has at least once been so worked up in his life that his mind reminded him of the simpler times and his mouth couldn’t help saying, “What a time it was!” Today, we plan to bring back that time!

No, we aren’t going to experiment with time travel. On the contrary, we are going to go old school on food and list out some dishes that you won’t be able to help making – simply because they meant so much to you once upon a time. So here are a few dishes whose each and every bite is loaded with nostalgia:

Vanilla Ice Cream

We know you can buy them any second in the market – but store-bought ice creams don’t exactly say nostalgia, do they? The ones our moms used to make with custard powder do! Not exactly the same, but this homemade vanilla ice cream is the closest we can get to recreating that taste. Here’s what you will need:

  • Sugar3/4 cup
  • Milk2 ¼ cup
  • Vanilla extract2 tbsp
  • Heavy cream1 ½ cup

Vanilla Ice Cream

Follow this procedure for the sweet taste of your favourite ice cream:

  • Stir sugar, milk and cream into a saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Heat just until mix is hot and a small ring of foam appears around the edge.
  • Transfer this mixture to a pourable container (a large measuring cup). Stir in vanilla extract and chill the mix thoroughly, at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Pour cold ice cream mix into an ice cream maker, turn on the machine, and churn according to the manufacturer’s directions for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • When ice cream is softly frozen, serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the ice cream and place in freezer to ripen for 2 to 3 hours.

Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Admit it, you returned home from school everyday wishing this dish was waiting for you! Here’s what you will need if the time comes that you once again decide to enjoy their flavour:

  • Baking potatoes4
  • Butter1 stick
  • Cheddar cheese1 cup
  • Milk¾ cup
  • Salt and pepperTo taste
  • Baked Stuffed Potatoes

    This is the recipe you need to follow to bring back that memorable taste:

    • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
    • Wash potatoes and poke a few vent holes in each with a fork. Bake potatoes in oven for about an hour, remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
    • Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop pulp into mixing bowl being careful not to break skin. Mash potatoes with butter, cheese, milk, and chives.
    • Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mashed potatoes back into skins and place in a 9 by 13-inch dish. Return to oven and heat thoroughly.
    • Serve hot.

    Buttermilk Biscuit

    Another one of the treasured childhood treats, buttermilk biscuit is both rich in taste and easy to make. Gather these ingredients to start with:

    • Flour3 cups
    • Sugar3 tbsp
    • Baking powder4 tbsp
    • Salt1 ½ tbsp
    • Baking soda1 tbsp
    • Unsalted butter¾ cup
    • Buttermilk1 cup

    Buttermilk Biscuit

    Follow these directions carefully so that the taste is as impeccable as you remember it:

    • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
    • Using a food processor, incorporate chilled butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
    • Add the buttermilk and stir just until moistened.
    • Using ½ cup dough per biscuit, drop biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet.
    • Bake the biscuits until they are golden brown on top (about 15 to 20 minutes) and serve warm.

    Ice Cream Sandwich

    The early morning treat you used to love! The snack right before and right after you rushed out to play in the evening! Ice cream sandwich was a 24×7 dessert we couldn’t get enough of. Here’s what you will need to bring it back from the depths of your childhood:

    • Vanilla Wafers300g
    • Heavy cream1 cup
    • Confectioners’ sugar½ cup
    • Granulated sugar2 tbsp
    • Cream cheese (softened)225g
    • Lemonade Mix4.5g

    Ice Cream Sandwich

    Finish up preparing this dish by following this recipe:

    • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • Combine heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and granulated sugar in a mixer. Start mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk till the mixture is fluffy.
    • In a separate bowl, whip the softened cream cheese with a mixer until it’s smooth. Add the lemonade mix slowly and mix until combined.
    • Add the cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream mixture and whisk until it’s smooth and combined.
    • Transfer to a piping bag. Pipe a dollop on the flat side of the first cookie. Top with another cookie, set on lined cookie sheet and repeat till finished.
    • Stick the pan inside the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. Serve.

    Go on a munching spree with these childhood dishes to bring back the flavor of those golden days. Trust them to refresh those memories and recharge you anew for the challenges you have to face now. So go now and experience how a plateful of nostalgia tastes!