Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

We've been wanting soo badly to use our ice cream maker that my grandparents gave us, but we just haven't had the time to set it up and make it. So of course when my mom visited, she said, "OMG We HAVE to make ice cream!" and thus the process began.

Except we didn't really know how to use it and it took a long time for the freezer bowl to freeze properly and many messes were made. But then last night we tried one more time and it worked!

ice cream

It didn't turn out perfectly - the bowl still could have been a little colder, and due to the low-fat nature of the ice cream it probably wasn't as thick as it could have been. It also melted very quickly. But it was yummy! Especially since our machine does mix-ins! I mixed-in Heath Bar pieces and Butterfinger pieces, and they mixed-in mini M&Ms. We put it all in a waffle cone bowl and topped it with caramel. Yummy!!!!

The recipe is obviously made for the machine but could easily be adapted to any ice cream maker. It's very yummy and does not taste low fat at all! We enjoyed it.


Simple Vanilla Ice Cream
Lower Fat Variation
From the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet that came with the machine

1 cup reduced fat milk (2%)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups half-and-half, well-chilled
1 to 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, to taste

Place milk and sugar in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer (about 1 to 2 minutes on low speed) or a whisk to mix until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the half-and-half and vanilla to taste. If not making ice cream immediately, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Turn on ice cream maker and pour in ingredients. Allow to mix and freeze until desired consistency is reached. Begin checking consistency after 12 to 15 minutes of freezing. If ice cream is not thick enough, pour back into the freezer bowl and continue mixing/freezing until desired consistency is reached, checking every few minutes.

Serve in cups or cones, adding mix-ins while dispensing ice cream.

Yield: About 10 1/2-cup servings

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