A few years back someone gave me an old beat up “old school” ice cream maker. I was so excited! I had one of these as a kid. I loved making ice cream in the summer months. It was a little bit of magic to see the process happen. I was super stoked to give it a try as an adult.
I got my ice, rock salt and ice cream recipe ready. The ice cream maker I had been given had a motor that would crank and spin the ice cream mixture for you. I was impressed at the technology… Until I started adding the ice and rock salt. What was so much fun as a kid quickly became a loud awful MESSY chore! The ice cream maker began to rock around violently and then it let out a loud angry yetti squeal and died. I was left with a half frozen mess of cream and sugar. Talk about a let down!!
I put it in the freezer hoping it would finish the job. Another thing I forgot about homemade ice cream is that it turns into a rock solid mass of ICE over night! It is next to impossible to scoop it out. After a little research, I found out that you are supposed to let the ice cream dethaw for a bit before serving.
My ice cream dream had turned into an ice cream nightmare.
I hit the internet looking for a better way to make home made ice cream. Turns out they have ice cream machines that don’t require ice or rock salt!! I ordered my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that day.
I never new that ice cream could be so damn easy!! All you do is freeze a container overnight, add ingredients, and then flip a switch. 25-30 minutes later you have ice cream! Wha wha? Yep.
After a few batches, I figured out that if I added a little bit of booze or a liqueur it would keep the ice cream from turning into a rock hard mass. It’s a small amount – so I doubt anyone is gonna get a buzz from it. Not only does it flavor it but it makes it a joy to serve later.
Below is my Easy Ice Cream Recipe. It has a Frangelico – vanilla flavor base. I also add a half of a lemon to brighten the flavor. Vanilla can be a little boring, right? The Frangelico and lemon kick it up a notch or two. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the lemon. It’s weird! I know, but trust me, if you don’t use it you can tell a difference.
You can use this easy ice cream recipe as a base for all kinds of flavors. One of my childhood faves is cookies and cream – just add a 1 cup of crushed Oreos to the mix at the very end. Cookie dough? Yep. Strawberries and blueberries? YAAAS! Experiment and have some fun!