Making Ice Cream at Home
I've watched so many shows on the Food Network where they make ice cream, including Chopped and other shows. And every time, I would think, man, I want to make ice cream that easily (no salt, no ice, no cranking).
Well, while watching a show recently, I hopped on the computer and started checking out machines. When I realized I could get one for about $50, and saw all the positive reviews, I ordered it.
We decided to make a simple chocolate ice cream for our first try.
**Note! You have to plan ahead. The bowl has to freeze for about 24 hours before you make it. Plus, once you mix the ingredients, it has to go in the fridge for about 2 hours.
Recipe taken from the included Cuisinart manual.
3/4 cup sifted cocoa powder (I used part dark and part regular cocoa)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar (I only had light brown)
pinch of salt
1 cup whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whisk together cocoa, sugars and salt. Add the milk and mix on low (hand mixer or whisk-I used whisk) until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Cover and put in fridge for 1-2 hours (or overnight).
In this particular ice cream maker, you start the the container, then add the ingredients. Then 15-20 minutes later...
Voila! This tasted yummy, like a thick Frosty from Wendy's!
Since I used the heavy cream and whole milk like the recipe called for, this left a bit of a greasy film in my mouth. I think next time I'll try only whole milk, or maybe even use some skim milk.
Do any of you have an ice cream maker? Do you do the old fashioned crank kind?