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Ice Cream Maker

MeddyMeddy 638 replies42 threads Member
I bought one. Yay! Anyone else? I'm planning on making sorbet, too. Does anyone have any recipes for ice cream or sorbet that they love?
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 3441 replies78 threads Senior Member
    We bought an ice cream maker for DD's science project six years ago, and we haven't bought store bought ice cream ever since. The homemade version is just so much better.

    My favorite plain vanilla and plain chocolate recipes came from the manual that came with the machine. I tweaked the chocolate recipe to include 1/2 cup regular chocolate cocoa powder and 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa, which gives it a very rich and fudgy texture. I also stick vanilla beans in my sugar jar, which adds to the flavor.

    I got an excellent coffee ice cream recipe and a maple walnut recipe from the book printed by the Serendipity Parlor in NYC. I forgot the title, but you can search online. My library actually has the book as well as others on ice cream making, so I would start there. Experimenting is part of the fun.

    Along with your ice cream maker, I would invest in spatulas of varying stiffness and, if you are going to make gelato, a candy thermometer to help keep you from curdling your eggs.
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  • HImomHImom 36022 replies396 threads Senior Member
    edited May 29
    My S has been making small batches of ice cream in a small ice cream maker we got for Christmas decades ago. Vanilla and haupia sorbet have been the favorites so far. It’s an old cuisineart, where you freeze a section that has antifreeze to keep it cold while it churns. His batches serve up to 10 at a time.

    So far, he’s been relying on the booklet that came with the machine and tweaking here and there.
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  • cellomom2cellomom2 722 replies9 threads Member
    My H and I have had an ice cream maker since we were engaged. We went through 2 manual Donviers and now have an ice cream maker attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer. We have always used the Ben and Jerry's recipes: https://www.amazon.com/Jerrys-Homemade-Cream-Dessert-Book/dp/0894803123
    It has a great recipe for mango sorbet and the homemade cherry garcia is amazing!
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  • gosmomgosmom 2040 replies58 threads Senior Member
    Our Family Fave: https://allshecooks.com/copycat-ben-jerrys-cherry-garcia-ice-cream/

    I agree that some of the best we've made is when we toss in what we have. Banana Walnut was great, strawberry banana very good. Mint Chocolate chip too.

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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3332 replies47 threads Senior Member
    I love having an ice cream maker. As a kid, we made homemade ice cream at my grandma's house every summer, all the kids taking turns cranking the hand crank makers. My grandma made vanilla and peach - I can still taste that peach! It was always fantastic.

    I've had two Rival makers with the wood buckets. I use one of the vanilla recipes in the manual. We really love vanilla and add toppings more than add-ins to the ice cream itself.

    Enjoy your ice cream maker! Nothing says summer quite like fresh churned ice cream!
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  • HImomHImom 36022 replies396 threads Senior Member
    edited May 29
    Yum—just sent son the Cherry Garcia copycat recipe. It sounds amazing!
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  • MeddyMeddy 638 replies42 threads Member
    edited May 29
    I purchased a Cuisinart and the bucket insert is freezing now. I will be scanning this to see what great ideas to add to list.
    @gosmom That Cherry Garcia copycat will be at the top of the list!

    @Groundwork2022 Serendipity has been on the list of must eats whenever we finally make it to NYC. I will check that out.

    @cellomom2 Oh wow. That Ben and Jerry's book could get me in serious trouble :) because there's a fat chance I would have more willpower than @ChoatieMom , especially when @HImom just mentioned Haupia sorbet. I never knew what I was missing!

    Thanks @psychmomma I am hoping it becomes part of good memories from the summer of Covid Summer :)


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  • yauponreduxyauponredux 820 replies27 threads Member
    David Leibovitz has great ice cream recipes on his blog and in book form. https://www.davidlebovitz.com/category/recipes/ice-creams-and-sorbets/
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 3441 replies78 threads Senior Member
    Oh yes! And you could soak a couple vanilla beans in a cup or two of vodka for a homemade vanilla extract.
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  • TdoesCollegeTdoesCollege 162 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Or is it that any type of ice cream improves alcohol?
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  • ConsolationConsolation 22898 replies184 threads Senior Member
    IME you have to be really careful adding uncooked alcohol to ice cream, because even a little too much and it won't freeze.

    I have the Ben and Jerry cookbook, and a Donvier. Somewhere in the house is an old electric one of the traditional type where you use salt and ice.

    I made this at Christmas because two people sent us amazing pears and I had to use them up. It is pretty amazing, but mine was a little too salty.

    https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/01/pear-riesling-and-ginger-sorbet.html

    I had wonderful, pure pear sorbet at the Cafe des Artistes in NYC years ago that I managed to duplicate back then...I think a vanilla bean was involved. Something great to make when fresh local strawberries are in season is a strawberry sorbet with a little fresh basil. Just puree the berries and a few basil leaves in the food processor and add simple syrup.

    I wish I could find a really good recipe for ice cream or sorbet with no sugar.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 10833 replies588 threads Super Moderator
    We have a great ice cream maker. It’s by Cuisinart. Highly recommend.
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  • thumper1thumper1 78295 replies3528 threads Senior Member
    From Dr. Google search...
    Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of vodka to the mixture just before starting the churning and freezing process. Vodka is a good choice of alcohol because it is clear and has no taste so it will not affect the appearance or take away from the taste of the ice cream.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41295 replies479 threads Senior Member
    Good to see you, @Consolation !!

    Re: alcohol. Chemist here. :) The typical booze has alcohol content of 40% or below. A few splashes of that will not prevent the ice cream mix from freezing.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 41295 replies479 threads Senior Member
    This is a dangerous thread!!! :) Ice cream 🍨 is my dessert of choice.
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  • MeddyMeddy 638 replies42 threads Member
    edited May 30
    When I drink red wine I tell the family it's heart medicine. Now I can tell them when I make ice cream with vodka that it's a science experiment! :)

    @Consolation Basil? Who knew? I just plucked some from the garden and I will have to try adding it.
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