After over a year of saying, “I really want an ice cream maker,” I FINALLY have one. Thank you so much to Wayfair for allowing me to have this opportunity to own this wonderful piece of kitchen equipment. It honestly felt like Christmas in February! I finally received the service I knew Wayfair had to offer. I couldn’t be more happier and I can’t wait till I work with them again!
I made a batch of vanilla ice cream (recipe via Cuisinart handbook) to break in my new ice cream maker. I figured it is best to start with the basics and then get fancy and create my own versions, like dairy free! I decided to go the lighter route by using 2% milk and half and half. My mixture came out icy and I knew right away it was because I didn’t use fattier ingredients IE. whole milk and heavy cream.
I did some research and many people insisted that the ice cream base should be refrigerated for a few hours before mixing it up. I kept the ingredients out for a few minutes to mix together and they already started to warm up, then I placed them into a really cold bowl to churn the ice cream. That reaction right there will cause the ice cream to not be as creamy. Other than that issue, the vanilla ice cream tasted fabulous! Just what I wanted for some homemade ice cream sundaes. The taste was right on and it even had my boyfriend’s approval. I can’t wait to make gelato and some dairy free ice cream with coconut milk and/or almond milk varieties!
Simple Vanilla Ice Cream
Adapted from Cuisinart
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups half and half
1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the half and half and vanilla. Turn the machine on; pour mixture into the freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes.
The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in the freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.
The best part was making ice cream sundaes at home! My boyfriend had a mixture of banana, dried cherries, homemade ganache and salted nuts. Mine had homemade ganache, dried cherries, shredded coconut and salted nuts.
What are your favorite ice cream recipes? Please share in the comments below!