I mean the real deal, honest to goodness homemade vanilla ice cream, and not Blue Bell’s best selling flavor! *wink* On January 1st, my daughter and I gave our newest toy, a red Cuisinart Classic Frozen Yogurt – Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker (What a mouthful!), a test drive. This baby makes ice cream in 20-25 minutes!
My kitchen’s “red corner”.
I didn’t realize that, given the right equipment, vanilla ice cream is actually quick and easy to make as only 4 ingredients are needed…
…whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and sugar.
1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, to taste
1. In a medium bowl, combine the milk and granulated with a hand mixer or whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla to taste. Cover, refrigerate and chill if time allows (We skipped the chilling part.).
3. Turn the Cuisinart Classic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl and let mix until thicken, about 20-25 minutes.
4. 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 freezer for about two hours. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving.
We wanted a firmer ice cream, of course! So into the freezer went our airtight container. The wait was well worth it!
The result was a creamy, yummy ice cream. The recipe yielded 1.5 quarts, which we, I’m embarrassed to admit, finished in one sitting. :D Vanilla ice cream won’t be making it to our grocery shopping list anytime soon.
In case you’re interested in getting your own ice cream maker, we got this pretty red thing at Sur La Table (Thanks for the gift card, Cousin Rina! ;) )for the very reasonable price of $59.95. (Do I sound like one of those people offering an instant life insurance quote. :P)
We can’t quite decide yet on our next ice cream flavor. It will most probably be Buttered Pecan. Yum!
PS. If you’re wondering about our Blue Bell workers’ hats, we got them at the Blue Bell Creameries, which we visited four days before the New Year. ;)