"Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal"
We have a Father's Day tradition of making homemade ice cream. Breakfast for Mother's Day. Ice cream for Father's Day. A couple of years back I decided to create an ice cream recipe from my favorite childhood dessert -- Strawberry Pretzel Dessert -- or that's what my mom called it. Huge success! The mere fact that I love this ice cream as much as any chocolatey ice cream speaks worlds of it. I think it's those salty pretzels in there (they're candied too).
One year we invented Pumpkin Cockroach Cluster ice cream in honor of the latest Harry Potter release. Candied pecan clusters for cockroaches. Yummy. But, no where near as remarkable as my Strawberry Pretzel Dessert ice cream.
If you're new to homemade ice cream, don't be intimidated. You won't believe how straight- forward & easy it is to use an electric ice cream maker. Your ice cream ingredients go in a metal cylinder that fits down into a bucket you fill with layers of ice & salt. A paddle is inserted into the cylinder, then a motor fits onto the top. The motor spins the cylinder around and around in the bucket, mixing the ice cream with the paddle and chilling the mixture until it's at a soft-serve consistency. When the ice cream hits this stage, our machine turns off (it's designed to). We then mix in the remaining ingredients & freeze the container over night.
Ice cream machines come in different sizes. Ours is 4 quarts, I
believe, and I picked it up at Walmart for $25-$30 a few years back.
They may be seasonal items though, so don't assume you can find one at
Christmastime. The salt can be found in the baking aisle usually, or
on display with the ice cream makers. It's a coarse, gray salt usually
labeled as "Ice Cream Salt" or "Rock Salt."
That about summarizes the technical stuff. Read your ice cream machine's own instruction manual for more specific info.
Onto the fun part. Check out these recipe cards. I must have needed a work break, cuz I had perhaps too much fun with these. I designed the Vanilla Ice Cream recipe card in the style of an old-fashioned ice cream container. And the Strawberry Pretzel Dessert ingredients are on the the floral card.
Click here to download the print-ready pdf. It's a two-page document. Print one side onto cardstock, then flip the sheet over & print the stripes on the back. Then cut out the recipe cards, using the crop marks on the front as cutting guides. The printed area that extends beyond the crop marks is called 'bleed.' It's meant to be cut off. Laminate, if you like.
Once you're familiar with the general ice-cream-making process here,
you can get creative & come up with your own crazy ice cream
concoctions. My Vanilla Ice Cream recipe makes a great base for all
sorts of experimentation. I'm wanting to see what I can do with
brownie mix next time. And wouldn't it be neat to make a batch of ice
cream as a birthday present -- in a flavor that's specific to the
person you're celebrating.
Speaking of, I need to do some research on lactose-free ice cream for my younger brother. He's been missing out on ice cream for a few years now. I'm going to fix that for him. "For you, this year, I give the gift of... ice cream."
What are some original ice cream combos you're dreaming of? Like I said, it's mighty hot here.