Making ice cream can be a fun activity for the entire family. However, you usually need special equipment like an ice cream maker to accomplish it. This can be expensive. Thankfully, there is a way to make ice cream just using a standard piece of kitchen equipment -- the stand mixer. You'll save money and get to enjoy fresh, handmade ice cream.
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Things you need
- Stand mixer
- Ice cream maker attachment
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tsps. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups double cream
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk attachment
Place the freezer bowl that comes with the attachment into your freezer. It should be chilled for about 15 hours before use. The freezer bowl is normally plastic and will be the bowl you make the ice cream in when using the stand mixer.
Heat a saucepan with 2 1/2 cups of milk until it's just about to boil. As the milk heats up, put eight egg yolks into a mixing bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Mix together completely until thick.
Pour some of the heated milk into the sugar and egg yolk mix and stir. Pour the sugar/egg mixture into the saucepan of hot milk and stir some more. Make sure the heat is controlled as you don't want it to start boiling. Once the mixture is heated back up, pour it into the mixing bowl and set aside to cool -- this is the ice cream batter. Stir 4 tsp vanilla and 2 1/2 cups of double cream into the ice cream batter.
Take the frozen bowl out of your freezer and attach it to the standing mixer. Set your mixer to its stir setting. Start the stand mixer. Pour the ice cream batter into the mixer bowl as it's running. Allow the ice cream to mix for about 20 to 30 minutes until it has thickened.
Scoop the soft ice cream from the mixing bowl into an airtight container. Place the container of ice cream into your freezer so it can harden to your preference.
Tips and warnings
- Chocolate chips; fruit; crushed cookies or nuts; extracts like mint; and any other add-ins you want can be mixed into the ice cream batter before Step 4.
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