Ice cream is, by definition, the best comfort food ever created in the history of mankind. Whenever you are in the mood for something sweet and able to cool you down in a hot summer’s day, there is no better choice than the creamy dessert. I have had a lot of ice cream in my life, I can even calculated in tones of ice cream, and the best I think I have ever had is the one made of home. So, as you can easily imagine, I have been trying to make my own ever since. Here is my tested and tried recipe that actually works.
You won’t go anywhere without the right ingredients, that’s for sure. (It is also a lesson I learned the hard way, but I won’t you tire you with this right now.) I personally love vanilla flavored ice cream, but you can try whatever flavor you want. The rest stays pretty much the same, which is why I think ice cream is the best dessert in the world; you can bask in a sea of flavors, while using the same recipes over and over again.
Now, the ingredients:
– Cream – two cups should be enough
– Whole milk – one cup
– Eggs – 6 of them
– 1 cup of sugar (I like my ice cream kind of sweet, so feel free to use less sugar if you don’t have a sweet tooth of the same caliber as mine)
– Vanilla extract
– One pinch of salt
What I also like about ice cream is that you can play a little with the recipe, so you can obtain slightly different results. For instance, more cream will get you a creamier texture. If you like eggs, add one more, and so on.
As now we are getting serious about making ice cream, I will give it to you straight. You need an ice cream maker. I know it’s another cooking appliance to add to the ones you already have, but this will be the one that will not sit around, gathering dust. For me, it just makes my ice cream so much better, that I have no idea how I could live without it before.
Here is how I go about making the actual ice cream. First, I separate the egg yolks from the whites, I whisk the sugar and the yolks to get a mix, and then I add the cream and the milk, until I obtain a uniform result. I mix all these in a bowl that I can place on the oven. Medium heat is recommended, and don’t leave it. Just stay next to it and mix from time to time. Let it form a custard and that is when you know it is done. Strain it and let it cool in the fridge. If you’re really impatient, several hours will do, but letting it overnight would be better.
At the end, use your ice cream maker to churn the ice cream. If you are not serving the ice cream right away, place the bowl in the freezer. My ice cream maker creates such a fine texture that I want a scoop right away. But, when I have guests, I reign in my own greed and let the full ice cream bowl into the freezer, so that the dessert is nice, cool and ready when my friends come over.
So, this is what I do when in the mood for ice cream. I hope my experience will help you and you will fall in love even more with this delicious dessert.