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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Making Homemade Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a bit of a family tradition-- we definitely made it when I was growing up in the summertime. Since I'm leaving the country very soon (!!!) and my father has an ice-cream maker attachment for the KitchenAid, we decided to make some ice cream before I leave. Well, it came out amazing.

The trick to good ice cream is to use good ingredients, and not to be afraid of butterfat. Rich ice cream contains quite a lot of it, and besides, if you're making homemade ice cream you probably weren't trying to be healthy anyways. My family loves Penzey's Spices, and we always make sure to "spill" extra vanilla into whatever we're cooking. \

We made vanilla malt chip ice cream from the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream book. I'm not sure when the book was published, but it's been around for as long as I can remember. I thought the malt powder looked cool in the ice-cream base. 

Of course, when measuring chocolate chips to go into the ice-cream machine, always make sure to have a heavy hand. In this case, there were enough chocolate chips to keep the book open. 

When I was a kid, we had a hand-crank ice cream machine that wasn't too bad, but definitely was a bit of a workout. I remember going to a lawn party once and being assigned as the lead ice-cream churner of a group of children... a pretty good way to keep little ones busy! Since moving back to America, we got the ice cream maker attachment. I think it makes a more airy ice cream than the hand-crank one, though it's been so long I don't really remember. 

Almost finished product! While it's tempting to eat the ice cream right out of the maker (and you technically can, I mean, I'm not stopping you), it's best to let it set up in the freezer for a while. This was the second container of ice cream, because the first one was already in the freezer. The recipe was supposed to make a pint, but I think it yielded more than that. It might be due to the increased amount of air in the ice cream, or because we don't know how to measure. Who knows.

Unsurprisingly, it was fabulous. If you've never made homemade ice cream, definitely give it a go!

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