Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Ice cream may be my favorite food. It's sweet, it's cold, it's creamy, it's not good for you. What more could I want?
To make it on a whim. A few weeks ago I was working at the cafe, and I was incredibly hot and sticky, but it was payday, Liz handed me my money and I was off to Linens and Things to buy my ice cream maker. I'd done plenty of research online and found the Ice-20 by Cuisinart to be reliable, fast and relatively quiet.
Here is my baby. She's fully automated, i.e. no hand cranking or ice or salt! It has a gel-filled bowl that needs to sit in the freezer for at least a day before you can take it out, pop it on the machine, turn it on and add the ice cream base. But once you do that, it's only about 25 minutes to soft serve status.
I made a basic vanilla ice cream to start.
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
I whisked together the sugar (I only used half of what the recipe suggested, so 1/4 cup)and the milk until the sugar was dissolved. Added the cream and vanilla to taste, I think it was around 2 teaspoons, and then parked it in the fridge to get super cold. When it was, I put the machine together, turned it on, and poured in my chilled mixture.
Seriously, 25 minutes later, you could tell the ice cream was ready to come out because the machine started making considerably more noise against the strain of the thick mixture.
I had a few spoonfuls right away, and it was great. But as much as I like soft serve, I wanted to add toppings and then put it in the freezer to get hard ice cream. I chopped up some peanut butter cups, mixed them into the soft serve and put it all in a plastic container to freeze up. Sorry for the blurry picture, but to be honest I couldn't take the time to photograph nicely when I wanted this ice cream in my mouth!
Ice cream is better with friends, so Healy and Matt came over to help me eat it up. Look how happy it made them!
More flavors have been concocted in my freezer since this initial try. I made banana frozen yogurt with walnuts, mint chocolate chip, and caramel toffee. More to come!