I was very fortunate to receive an ice cream maker for a gift this year, and boy is it a fun “tool” to have. I do joke with the family that it is an item which needs to be used “responsibly”! The one I got is a Cuisinart ICE 30 A and if you are in the market for an ice cream maker I would recommend this model, it works wonderfully well. Homestead hubby found this one on sale for only $99 (RRP was $179) on the internet. I think it was the end of the purple stock, as the other colours were still full price. I don’t mind the purple at all and I love a good bargain! Anyway, of course an ice cream maker is not an essential tool for the kitchen, it is a lovely luxury, but if you do happen to own one I thought I would share this wonderful ice cream recipe. If you don’t own one maybe you can save for one over time, I made do with a $12 one from KMart for years. This is just the base recipe, you can jazz it up with whatever you like, such as chopped up chocolate bars, nuts, chopped up fruit or anything you like really.
Ingredients for Ice Cream Base
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 600 mls (2 1/2 cups) cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- Place eggs in a large mixing bowl.
- Beat eggs until they are fluffy, roughly 2 minutes.
- Add sugar a little at a time, continue to beat for about 2 minutes.
- Add cream and milk and mix together with beaters.
- Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow directions for your ice cream maker.
- My ice cream maker takes about half an hour to achieve soft serve consistency.
- At this point I add any extras such as choc chips.
- Scoop out ice cream and place into a plastic container with a lid, place into freezer for a further hour or two to achieve a firmer consistency.
You can add any extras to this recipe that grabs your fancy. Our family favourite is a chopped up block of milk chocolate along with about 1/2 cup of premium peanut butter. I add the extras in the last couple of minutes of mixing in the ice cream maker. I drop small teaspoons of peanut butter in, one spoon at a time and then tip in the roughly chopped chocolate.
Although you can use any type of extras that you like, just be aware that it you use liqueur you only need a tiny amount and it will prevent the ice cream from freezing as well.
Have fun experimenting and of course use your ice cream maker responsibly!!!