Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

Quite possibly my all-time favorite kitchen appliance is my ice cream maker. My friend, Mandy, got one when she got engaged and made the most delicious, amazing ice cream with it. Once I tried her cookies and cream ice cream, I knew I had to have an ice cream maker! And...I couldn't even wait until we got married to registers for this. I purchased this baby about a month after we got engaged!

Clearly, I know my priorities.

Aka: I really love ice cream. I've been making the basic vanilla ice cream recipe that came with the maker for years now. It's the best, easiest, lightest recipe of the whole bunch. I've made it so many times, I can practically make this with my eyes closed. And it goes with anything - dress it up, dress it down. This ice cream is the perfect after dinner treat on a warm Spring or Summer day.

With the freezing temperatures and freakish snowstorm we got the other night, I was yearning for at least a semblance of Spring Season. So, I whipped together the first vanilla ice cream of the year. One of many more batches to come I'm sure.

Did I mention I love, love, LOVE my ice cream maker?!

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream
This "skinnier" version is adapted from Cuisinart:
Recipe by Laura
This easy, and light vanilla ice cream will have you singing 
"You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!"
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup 2% Milk
  • 2 cups Light Cream
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
Directions
  1. Whisk together sugar and milk until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the light cream and wisk until incorporated.
  3. Whisk in vanilla.
  4. Add to ice cream maker for 30 minutes. Transfer to container and freeze for a few hours before eating.
  5. Variations: In the last 5 minutes, you can add anything you want to this to make a sweet treat: crushed oreos, m&m's, reese pieces, melted peanut butter, marshmallows. The possibilities are endless.

I found these Ice Cream Containers from Amazon.com to be the best way to keep this in the freezer and to also personalize if giving as gifts.

Or you can be like my husband and create QUITE the ice cream sundae!

16 comments:

  1. That looks delicious!! Now I want ice cream and it is only 9 am, haha!

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    1. Haha! I hope you were able to move past it....and at least wait until after lunch ;) I myself can't wait to get home, have dinner, and have ice CREAM!

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  2. I've been wanting an ice cream maker! Yep, I'm going to have to get one!

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    1. Haha, Glad I could help with the decision. You won't regret it - It really tastes so different - I don't even enjoy regular old carton grocery store ice cream anymore...I'm def. an ice cream snob now. Haha. Let me know if you get one!

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  3. I love this! I have been trying to decide whether to get an ice cream maker, but I think you have me convinced. :)

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    1. Glad I could help you reach a decision. My particular maker wasn't that expensive, and it def. has been a worthy investment. Happy Ice Cream Making!

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  4. I love this!!! my husband always want an ice cream maker, and seing this I think we must have one!! I also love your blog and the name you gived to it, congratulations! I haveou seen you on wedding bee! :) I would be very glad if you stop by on my blog and tell me what you think about it! www.aplacetogetlost.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Stefani, I love your blog!

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  5. Haha, my husband has been dying for an ice cream maker for the longest time. But then again he also wants a deep fryer!! I think an ice cream maker would be healthier, right? :)

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    1. Yea I think so, I mean, at least you know what's going into your ice cream and you make frozen yogurt and sorbet and stuff with it too. We have both, but I def. have gotten my money's worth with the ice cream maker!

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  6. now that's something fun to have around the house!! looks yummy!

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  7. Oh my goodness that looks DELICIOUS!!

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  8. the vanilla beans make it LEGIT! i can tell it's good based on that alone.

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    1. Haha yes!! I guess I should have mentioned in the post that I use Vanilla Bean Paste from William Sonoma (pricey but SO worth it - I put it on my christmas list every year so I don't have to pay for it, haha!)
      http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/nielsen-massey-vanilla/

      It's awesome!

      Have a great weekend!

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