Friday, March 30, 2007

My Kitchen Stuff - Ice Cream Maker

My good friend, Robin, told me all about this, gosh I think years ago. I thought, "Eh, what do I need an ice cream maker for? Easy enough to buy at the store, it's just one more thing to store in my kitchen..."

Once I needed to become gluten free, I decided it would be a good investment. I could make my own flavored ice cream..I was thinking of one with chopped up Snickers bars or anything else decadent. (You could even make your own version of gluten free cookie dough ice cream..think about it...)

So, I bought the one you see down there. Buyer alert: The ice cream is so good, and so easy to make you must be working out or doing something to get rid of all the extra calories you will be consuming.

I love this machine. And the almond ice cream we made and ate. I love that I can reduce the sugar intake for my children. Make sorbets and sherbet..and probably gelato. This will be a delicious summer.

Dangerous. A great addition to my kitchen. And to my calorie intake. Thanks Robin! ;)

Almond Ice Cream
(This ice cream would be fabulous with the flourless chocolate torte below. It is unexpected to have almond ice cream; it would add a nice different mix to the dessert.)

1 ice cream maker
1 cup whole milk, chilled
1/2 cup sugar, granulated (The original recipe called for 3/4 cup;I cut the sugar back by 1/3, and it still tasted great!)
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
2 teaspoons almond extract
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted and then chilled
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)

In bowl, whisk milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in heavy cream and almond extract. Add to machine, and follow machine instructions. Add almonds and coconut during the last 5 minutes. Takes about 25 minutes, total. Serve immediately for soft serve texture, or freeze for a few hours to get hard ice cream.


Karina said...

Oh my, that sounds so good - the almond and coconut combo. I've been thinking about getting that ice cream maker, but have no room in my small kitchen!


Natalie said...

That does sound wonderful! Someone actually gave me this ice cream maker for my wedding, but because of my small kitchen I store it in the pantry. Consequently, I have never used it. This recipe has motivated me to try it though!

Gluten Free Mommy

Slacker Mom said...

Can you store it somewhere else? Just the bowl needs to be frozen for several hours in your freezer before freezer space could be an issue too...but sorbets made of fresh berries might swing you to figure it out! ;)

Natalie..You will love this, especially since you are a mom of young kids too. I already cut out 1/3 of the sugar, and I probably could do more. I think when fresh fruit is here, the sorbets/sherberts...slush (I plan on trying to make the Italian slush of my youth in this..I am hoping to figure that out).

By the way, I am trying to comment on your blog, and I do have a wordpress ID, but I can't. I just wanted you to know that I have been heading over there... :)

kbabe1968 said...

OH MY GOODNESSS!!! You didn't!!!! That looks absolutely divine. I SOOO want an Ice Cream maker. I guess I will absolutely have to get one somewhere now! :D

Slacker Mom said...

I highly recommend the refurbished section. That's where I got mine, at a seriously reduced rate.

It is very good, I have to master pistachio husband volunteered to shell them for me. :)

Natalie said...

I think I fixed the comment issue! I don't think you will need to log in anymore to leave a comment.

That was a great point about the sugar content. My little boy is getting more teeth, so he would appreciate some ice cream this week. I will give it a try!


janelle said...

Brilliant, love the "it is going to be a delicious summer."

I have the same maker, and the same fondness. Isn't it lovely?

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