Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

    As I was looking through my recipes to post to the Recipes page, I found the recipe for homemade ice cream that I used to make all the time when the kids were growing up.  It came from my Mom who got it from her brother, Harold.  Although it has raw eggs in it, I did not worry about salmonella--that's something we hadn't even heard about when I was a kid.   Now with so much publicity about it, I think twice about making ice cream with raw eggs for company because I don't want to be responsible for making little kids sick--even though I have not heard of one instance of someone getting sick from eating homemade ice cream, except when they ate too much because it was so good!  :o)  The media has taken a lot of fun out of eating, haven't they?
    Anyway, I have found a couple of other recipes that we like, too, which either don't use eggs, or the mixture is cooked before it is frozen.  So besides adding them here for reference, I posted them all on the Recipes page under Desserts.
    The main reason I'm writing this, though, is to recommend the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.  Our daughter gave us one for Christmas a couple of years ago and we love it!  Since it only makes 6 servings, she also gave us an additional Freezer Bowl so we can make 12 servings per day.   It works with no ice or salt, but by freezing the bowl for 20 hours--hence the reason for 2 freezer bowls if you want to serve more than 6 people at a time.
       I have modified the basic ice cream recipe from their recipe booklet and use it most of the time because it only takes cream, or half & half, milk, sugar, and vanilla--all ingredients I have on hand most of the time.  (I have also reduced Uncle Harold's recipe to fit the machine, too, when we get nostalgic.)  We like homemade ice cream so much better than that bought in the store and it only takes about 20 minutes to freeze, so I just pull out my machine and make it whenever I want--or need--ice cream.  This little machine is so convenient to have on hand!
      Here is a link to it on Amazon, if you're interested in more info:  Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Grandma’s Ice Cream
   For 6 quart freezer
8 eggs
3 c. sugar
3/8 t. salt
1 ½ T. vanilla
3 c. whipping cream
2 qts. milk
     Cream eggs, sugar, and add remaining ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
    For 4 quart freezer:
5 eggs
2 c. sugar
¼ t. salt
1 T. vanilla
2 c. cream
1 1/3 quarts milk

   For Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
2 eggs
¾ c. sugar
1/8 t. salt
1 c. whipping cream, or Half & Half
2 c. milk
½ T. vanilla

Cuisinart Ice Cream
2 ½ c. chilled milk*
¾ c. granulated sugar
1 c. heavy cream*
½ T. vanilla extract, or to taste
dash of salt
     Mix together and add to ice cream maker to freeze.
* I sometimes use 2 c. half & half and 1+ c. milk

Vanilla Gelato
12 egg yolks
3 c. sugar
8 c. whole milk
1 qt half & half
2-3 T. pure vanilla extract
1/8 t. salt
   Combine egg yolks and sugar in large mixing bowl.  Beat at med-high speed till very thick and pale yellow.
    In large saucepan heat milk to simmer.  Add half of milok to egg yolk mixture, whisk till blended.  Stir in remaining milk.  Cook over low heat stirring constantly till mixture coats back of spoon.
    Remove from heat; stir in cream.  Pass mixture through a fine strainer into a large bowl set over and ice bath to chill.  Stir in vanilla.
    Freeze in an ice cream maker.

Gelato For Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
3 egg yolks
¾ c. sugar
2 c. whole milk
1 c. half and half
½-1 T. pure vanilla extract
dash of salt
    Prepare according to above instructions.

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