This is a post I have been so excited about putting together. Last year for our anniversary we decided to get a "couples" gift. (ie: something we could both use and enjoy and something that might otherwise be a bit frivolous/we didn't "need.") We opted for an ice cream maker! When mike went to cooking school, ice cream was his favourite take-away (lucky me!) but the trick to really good homemade ice cream (or so he tells me) is a good ice cream maker. So almost a year ago we ordered one and it arrived on our doorstep. But, as is the case with these sort of appliances, it sat in the box.... until this summer! It was a tad bit intimidating to tackle, but now that we have the hang of it, we've made ice cream a couple times and the fear is gone. Good for my appetite, bad for my postpartum bod goals but eh, I'll take the ice cream ;)
So if you haven't had homemade ice cream, there is absolutely hands down a difference. It tastes like heaven. So far we've made a Vanilla-Banana flavour and Blueberry (using the blueberries June and I picked last summer - I still had some left in the freezer!). The vanilla-banana one came out pristine, almost too perfect for our first ever batch. The blueberry one was a bit heavier but absolutely just as tasty.
The other bonus to making your own ice-cream: you control what goes in it. I developed this crazy weird allergy to anything with "natural flavour" in it last summer before I got pregnant (I won't go into it now but natural flavouring is in *everything* and it's actually not as "natural" as it sounds!). And then when I got pregnant it got 150,000 x worse. So all winter as my ice cream craving amplified (thank-you for that Flora!) mike would set out looking for an ice cream without natural flavouring in it - harder then it sounds. Anyway, we did find a couple hagendaz varieties without natural flavouring but the perk of this ice cream from scratch is that it is a pure as it can get (with a boat load of sugar of course. Ha!)
The video I put together above is a compilation of us making the blueberry batch a couple weeks ago on a super hot day. The foundation to making your own ice cream is creating a "creme anglaise" (English Cream) over heat by mixing separated egg yolks with whisked sugar and your fruit. A few pictures to give you an idea:
Anyway it's kind of a complete circle since our anniversary is next week I wanted to mark the occasion! Hopefully we can try out some more flavours before the summer is over. I'm also thinking Apple Pie flavour would be good this Fall.... or pumpkin spice? Ok I need to stop now.
This is the ice cream maker we have: Whynter 15LS Ice Cream Maker, Stainless Steel, Black