I’m pretty sure all husbands know the cardinal rule in a marriage; you do not purchase a kitchen appliance for your wife’s birthday.
Now truth be told, my favourite dessert is ice cream, so he thought he was getting me something I would enjoy using. But isn’t the most fun about eating ice cream is going to the local dairy and picking out a flavour or two, scooped up into a waffle cone?
Our favourite ice cream spot in Muskoka is Kawartha Dairy, with over 40 flavours to choose from, makes for many Sunday road trips in the summer.
Now with an ice cream maker, I can be creative in my flavours. Should I start with basic vanilla or chocolate, or do we consider goodies to add to this creamy treat, right away? You could be so creative in your decisions.
Ice cream is basically a mixture of cream, milk, eggs and sugar, mixed in a freezer bowl to the right consistency. Once you have boiled the cream mixture, creating a custard, adding in your favourite flavours is unlimited.
The recipe book that accompanied the new ice cream maker featured a quick to make -no boil method, so I decided to give it a try and make strawberry ice cream as strawberries are still in season here, and I had some in the fridge from a recent trip to our local farmers market.
TIPS FROM THE PRO:
- The freezer bowl needs to be as cold as possible, store the bowl in your freezer, then it will always be ready when you are ready to make ice cream
- Add larger ingredients, chocolate chips, nuts, etc .. in the last 5 minutes of churning the ice cream
DID you know ..
- Is Gelato the same as ice cream? Gelato uses more milk than cream. It is also churned at a slower speed incorporating less air.
- Tiger Tail ice cream is a Canadian-only flavour: orange flavour ice cream with a black licorice swirl.
- 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Put the strawberries into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. Pulse strawberries until rough/finely chopped. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Stir in reserved strawberries with all juices.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Whisk mixture together again before pouring into the ice cream maker.
- Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl of the Ice Cream maker fitted with the ice cream paddle. Turn unit on. Let mix until thickened, about 40 minutes.
- The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.