Thursday, April 26, 2012

We Scream for Ice Cream!

_MG_5789.jpgI found this ice cream maker on clearance at the end of the summer for just $20. At that price I knew it would be coming home with me. Our family enjoys ice cream quite a bit, but I've noticed that a lot of ice cream just doesn't taste the same these days. This got me looking at ingredients on ice cream cartons when I visited the grocery store. Some of them didn't even have cream as an ingredient. You can't have ice cream without cream. Now that we have this little gem we've been making our own ice cream and it has been wonderful.
_MG_5782.jpgI'll mix up some cream, milk, vanila, and sugar and stick it in the fridge for a few hours.
_MG_5786.jpgThen, when we're about ready to enjoy some ice cream I pull out the frozen bowl.
_MG_5788.jpgPour your ice cream mix into the ice cream bowl.
_MG_5790.jpgTurn the dial on your machine and watch it whirl!
_MG_5793.jpgThe children enjoy watching this process just as much as I do. It's fun to watch this liquid concoction get thick.
_MG_5795.jpgAnd then even thicker. It takes about 20-30 minutes. That's it and dessert is ready.
_MG_5802.jpgWe decided to make Pepsi floats on this particular day. Floats are a favorite of my Lutheran Stud's. I prefer plain old ice cream.
_MG_5805.jpgFloats are perfect in a Rockies Mason jar. . .if you're a Rockies fan, which we are. Enjoy! Once you begin making your own ice cream there's no turning back. Everything else just doesn't taste right.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 
2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine 1 cup of the cream with the sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the pan and drop in the vanilla pod.  Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream, the milk and the vanilla.
Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is well chilled.  Remove the vanilla bean before churning.  Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Recipe courtesy of Annie's Eats.


Heather said...

Do you have a good root beer float recipe to share???

:P Just kidding. I'm jealous of your cool ice cream maker find.

Gail said...

What a great bargain Jan! So many fun ways to use that thing.
It is also pretty yummy to just throw in a big carton of yogurt and add frozen fruit.
When you make (Starbucks)coffee ice cream, let me know. I'll be right out.

Adriane said...

You have such a fancy Cuisinart. Mine has a hand-crank, 1920s style.