Vanilla Ice Cream

Saturday morning, my father and I had plans to go to the local flea market. Before we went my father had to run to the bank, I planned to go with him, but he told me to wait at home. Not even 5 minutes later, a Fed Ex truck arrived at my house. The man was carrying a huge box. I had no idea what it was, considering I didn’t think anyone in my family had ordered anything. Boy, was I wrong. Bringing a key with me [as a weapon? ha], I answered the door. He brought in the box that was addressed to me, from Neiman Marcus. I quickly opening it to find a Cusinart Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker! My dad arrived soon after, and told me it was a gift from him, so we can make our own ice cream [he knows how obsessed I am haha]. I could not stop smiling.

The next day, after having froze the bowl for 12 hours, we started making ice cream! We wanted to start with something simple, so we chose the Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe in the book that was given with the maker.

Now although the ice cream didn’t come out exactly right, I still had an enjoyable night with my girls and my parents. They enjoyed the ice cream even if it was melting. Next try: cantaloupe ice cream.

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream:

(Makes about ten 1/2 cup servings)

1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1 to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, to taste [I used 2 teaspoons]

“Place milk and sugar in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer (about 1 to 2 minutes on low speed) or a whisk to mix until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla to taste. If not making ice cream immediately, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Turn on ice cream maker and pour in ingredients. Allow to mix and freeze until desired serving consistency is reached. Begin checking consistency after 12 to 15 minutes of freezing. If ice cream is not thick enough, pour back into the freezer bowl and continue mixing/freezing until desired consistency is reached, checking every few minutes.

Serve in cups or cones, adding mix-ins while dispensing ice cream.”

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