Video:Homemade Ice Cream With an Ice Cream Makerwith Gretchen Siegchrist
Homemade ice cream has a fresh taste that you can adjust with whatever flavors you desire. Learn how to make this delicious dessert at home with an ice cream maker.See Transcript
Transcript:Homemade Ice Cream With an Ice Cream MakerHi, I'm Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to be showing you how to make ice cream in an ice cream maker.
Freeze the Ice Cream Maker BowlMake sure that the freezer bowl portion of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for plenty of time before you begin to make ice cream. Usually, you will want it in for at least 24 hours so that it can get cold enough.
Ice Cream IngredientsFor this recipe, we are going to use:
- 2 cups cream
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
Prepare Ice Cream FillingsFirst, we will break the candy up into pieces. I find this is easiest to do if you just leave it in the wrapper. Then you can open it and dump all the pieces into a bag. Place the candy in a baggie and put it in the freezer. This way, when we add it to the ice cream later on, it will be the same temperature as everything else.
Create an Ice Cream MixtureBegin by cracking the eggs into a bowl and whisking them. Next, whisk the sugar into the eggs. Add the cream and the milk and whisk these together. Or, use an electric mixer if you have one handy. Now we will add the vanilla and give everything a final stir. If you are not ready to make the ice cream right away, store this mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Add the Mixture to the Ice Cream MakerTo make the ice cream, pour the cream mixture into the frozen bowl of your ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for freezing the ice cream.
Adjust the Ice Cream's ThicknessIce cream made at home is generally much thicker than that you will buy at the store. Store bought ice cream can be up to 50 per cent air. If you like your ice cream light and fluffy like this, try only filling the ice cream maker part way. This will leave more room in the container for air, which will mix in with your ice cream, making it lighter.
Add in Ice Cream FillingsAdd the candy about five minutes before the ice cream is totally frozen. If you add it too early, it will just sink to the bottom, and will not mix in well with the rest of the ice cream.
Adjust the Ice Cream's ConsistencyFresh ice cream is generally pretty soft. If you like yours a little bit harder, keep it in the freezer bowl a little while longer before serving. Or, put it in the freezer and wait until it gets to the desired consistency. Store any ice cream that you do not eat right away in an airtight container in the freezer. It will get pretty hard in there, so you will want to thaw it a little while in the refrigerator before serving.
You can adjust this basic recipe with any kind of flavorings or add-ins that you want. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the Web at food.about.com.
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