Saturday, June 15, 2013

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice cream is a lovely treat any time.  It is even a greater treat on a hot day in the summer.  Several years ago we were given a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker like this one.  I LOVE Freecycle!  People are so generous with their stuff...well, it is always stuff they don't want anymore but they could just put it in the trash.  This lady got the ice cream maker as a wedding gift, used it twice and decided she preferred to buy ice cream.

So yesterday was the day after our anniversary (a day I had planned to make the nice ice cream but was too tired at the end of the day) so I made it.

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk (I used skim but anything will work.  I almost threw in some yogurt I had but didn't at the last minute)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon nice vanilla

In medium bowl stir together all the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Take the cold part of the ice cream maker out of the freezer where it has been chilling  for 24 hours.  (If you are like me, you will just store the clean ice cream maker bucket in the freezer at all times so you can just pull it out when the grandkids come by and need a sugar fix...)  Carefully pour the cream mixture into the ice cream maker and assemble the other parts.  Turn on and eat your meal.  By the time you finish eating and visiting over a nice supper, your ice cream will be ready to eat.
Fresh vanilla ice cream.  Doesn't it look delicious?!

If you are not making this at the beginning of a meal to let the time go by without noticing it,  set your timer for 30 minutes.  Unless you failed to freeze the container for a full 24 hours, the ice cream will be ready in 30 minutes

If there are only two of you eating, there will be leftovers after having a serving apiece.  
Leftover ice cream in a one-quart container.

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