I love ice cream. It is an obsession that I do not deny. Andrew regularly comments are the amount of ice cream I eat in a single sitting.
I have decided in the past month or so to really cultivate this obsession by starting to make my own ice cream. I have found some fantastic recipes, and not so fantastic recipes, and now I have created my own custard base so that I can make any flavor I want! BRILLIANT!
I do, however, want to share some of these recipes with you because they are worth trying, easy to make, and they result in compliments from others!
**First I looked up recipes and found one for avocado ice cream. I know, it sounds strange, but it is actually very good! This recipe on the TLC website is a good one. I added coconut milk to the milk at the beginning, makes it awesome!
**The ice cream, though delicious when fresh out of the ice cream maker, freezes so solid it is hard to scoop out the next day. After some research on ho to make ice cream that doesn't freeze as hard as a rock I found this recipe for Salted Caramel ice cream. Absolutely amazing. I have made this three times now (once with the pralines and twice without) and each time the comment "best ice cream I've ever had" has been spoken.
**Then I wanted to make a classic chocolate ice cream. The recipe I found is from Food Network, an Alton Brown recipe. Very delicious, remains soft and creamy.
**The next week we had a large carton of strawberries that was starting to go bad. Cha-Ching! Strawberry Ice Cream. The best recipe I found was using a strawberry puree instead of larger strawberry chunks, I love it!
Through all of this I have learned a few things about ice cream making. David Lebovitz's website discusses ways to keep ice cream soft, so that it won't freeze solid. The key is to have ingredients that don't freeze hard such as sugar, alcohol, fat, gelatin and/or stabilizers.
I hope you take the time to try some of these recipes. The Salted Butter Caramel recipe is truly worth it!