I'm hoping it isn't too strange to post an ice cream recipe just as fall is about to officially start. However, I promise that I have some good reasons, and I'll go through them with you if you like.
1) Who doesn't love ice cream even if it's getting a little colder?
2) We need something to serve with the wonderful pies everyone seems to be baking.
3) Ice cream is perfect sandwiched between two fresh cookies.
4) This KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment was one of my birthday presents from my husband this year, and we needed to make sure it worked =)
5) This last one requires a bit of a story. The weather here last Saturday was crappy in my opinion. It was one of those cloudy, gloomy days where it doesn't really rain but just mists all day long. I think the high might have been 61 degrees. Not exactly "ice cream" weather. I worked that day and didn't end up talking to my husband until later in the evening when he called exclaiming, "Sorry I called so late. We were outside swimming. It was 107 here today." Guess maybe it is still "ice cream season" in some parts of the country =)
This recipe was my first experience making homemade ice cream. When we were growing up, mom would make it on occasion, but I don't think I ever did too much to help. After getting each piece of the equipment and/or recipe chilled for the correct amount of time, it really went together pretty smoothly. I love, love that I can keep the bowl in the freezer. That just means that I'm that much closer to ice cream if we get a craving. As far as assembling the ice cream base, I kind of guessed when the custard part was done cooking. It looked like it was steamy, but I'm wondering if anyone knows a temperature that you are suppose to reach? It seems like that would be more of an exact way to do it.
The verdict: We loved the "homemade ice cream" taste! We added chopped strawberries as one of the suggestions in the booklet, but I wasn't a big fan of them in the ice cream after it had set up in the freezer. The strawberries froze harder than the rest of the ice cream and ended up as little ice chunks. Next time I will definitely look for a recipe that calls to puree them if we are going after strawberry ice cream. Nevertheless, the base of the ice cream was very good. I'm not sure if we'll make this exact recipe again soon, but that's more a factor of the number of ice cream recipes I have saved than anything specific about this recipe =) Enjoy!
KitchenAid Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
From KitchenAid Ice Cream Booklet
Ingredients:2-1/2 cups half and half
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2-1/2 cups whipping cream
4 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half and half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat, set aside.
Place egg yolks and sugar in mixing bowl. Attach bowl and wire whip to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 30 seconds, or until well blended and slightly thickened. Continuing on speed 2, very gradually add half and half; mix until blended. Return half and half mixture to medium saucepan;cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Transfer half and half mixture into large bowl; stir in whipping cream, vanilla, and salt. Cover and chill thoroughly, at least 8 hours.
Assemble and engage freeze bowl. Do not pour in the ice cream base before you turn on the crank. Turn to stir (speed 1). Using a container with a spout, pour mixture into freeze bowl. Continue on stir (speed 1) for 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency. Immediately transfer ice cream into serving dishes, or freeze in an airtight container. Ice cream will set up to hard-serve stage after 2-4 hours in the freezer.