*By Megan Deppen*
It’s the unofficial start of summer, which means warmer, longer days are upon us and when it gets hot out, I can’t wait to cool down with everyone’s favorite summertime treat…ice cream!
A few years ago, a friend gifted me an ice cream maker for Christmas, and ever since then I’ve been making homemade ice cream. Since making my own ice cream, it’s hard to go back to store bought, because it just does not taste the same.
If you or someone you know is an ice cream lover, it’s totally worth purchasing an ice cream maker. You can purchase one similar to mine from Cuisinart for less than $100 on Amazon. The machine is easy to use and takes about 25 minutes to whip up a batch of creamy, delicious ice cream. It comes with a recipe book that includes not only ice cream flavors, but sorbets and frozen yogurts as well. Below is the recipe for a simple vanilla ice cream, which is my favorite. If you enjoy ice cream as much as I do, I promise that this will become your favorite new kitchen appliance!
Simple Vanilla Ice Cream (recipe courtesy of Cuisinart)
*Makes about 14 – 1/2-cup servings
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/8 cups sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
Add the whole milk and sugar and in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, mix until the sugar is dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
Next on a slow speed, incorporate the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract and mix for about 1 minute.
Then take your ice cream mixer bowl (you will need to freeze your bowl for at least 8 hours or overnight in the freezer), and pour the ice cream mixture into the bowl. Insert the mixing paddle and put on the lid. Next, turn the machine and set your timer for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes, check your ice cream to make sure it’s a smooth and a semi-thick consistency. Turn off machine and remove the bowl from the machine and scoop out ice cream into an airtight container.
Finally, freeze the ice cream for 2 hours or overnight, but if you like it a more creamy consistency, you can eat it right after you make it.
Do you make homemade ice cream? Leave your comments below!