How to make ice cream with or without an ice cream maker
How to make fresh cream?
When you are making ice cream
either with or without an ice cream maker, the process is the same.
A homemade ice cream recipe is
made in two parts. The first is the cooking or mixing part, the second
part is the freezing and ice crushing part that forms the texture of the
To make homemade ice cream by
hand is not difficult and you can make ice cream in an afternoon.
With these ice cream recipes
you will soon be enjoying all your favourite ice cream flavours.
if you use an ice cream maker or an ice cream machine the time taken can
be reduced considerably.
how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker
225ml whipping cream,
375ml whole milk,
5 egg yolks,
120g caster sugar
1½ vanilla pods or failing that about ¾ of a teaspoon of vanilla
Heat the milk and cream in a pan to just below boiling point and allow
to cool a little.
Beat the eggs yolks, sugar and vanilla pods or vanilla essence together
Add the warm cream and milk slowly to the yolk mix stirring gently
Put this back in a pan and heat gently until it begins to thicken.
The right thickness of the custard can be tested by leaving the spoon in
the mix and waiting until it coats the back of a spoon.
When this thickness is achieved pour it into a suitable freezer
container and freeze immediately for 4 hours.
When the 4 hours is up take it out of the freezer and stir it with a
fork until it becomes like slush. Put it back in the freezer.
½ an hour later repeat this process.
½ an hour later repeat this process again.
½ an hour later repeat this process again and this time put it back in
the freezer for an hour.
Your ice cream is ready.
This ice cream recipe works fine it looks and tastes great but it’s a 2
part process and to be honest it can take nearly a day to make. Unless
you live in the kitchen you might forget to crush the ice every ½ hour
and this makes the texture unappealing to most. People tend to be pretty
impressed when you serve them homemade ice cream and I’m sure the
opposite reaction is equally possible.
Enter the ice cream maker!
How to make ice
cream with an ice cream maker
An ice cream maker or ice cream machine will speed things up
considerably, churning away for half an hour while you create ice cream.
By the time this is done it presents you with a pint of lovely smooth
You still have to cook the custard mix which takes about a half an hour.
You then just put the mix into the ice cream maker and half an hour
later you have ice cream.
It is best to put the container from the ice cream maker into the
freezer 24 hours before you use it as this will really improve the
quality of the resulting ice cream.
When the ice cream machine is finished, the ice cream should hold its
shape when scooped with a spoon, but you can freeze it to the texture
and firmness you want.
Adding flavours to
your ice cream
If you want to make flavoured ice cream you can add it into the ice
cream maker after about 12 to 15 minutes, when the ice cream is starting
to solidify, but before it gets to your desired consistency.
If you don’t use an ice cream maker you can add the flavours when the
ice cream mixture starts to solidify from freezing.
Liquid flavours can be added before freezing.
If you want to add some fruit to the ice cream you should put a little
sugar over it before adding it to the ice cream.
If you want to make chocolate chip you can drop little amounts of melted
chocolate into the freezing mixture and it will solidify on contact.
Candied peel, sweets, nuts and chocolate pieces can be added without
doing anything to them.
It is best to add really small pieces when making ice cream as this
tastes better. As a guide the flavours you add to your homemade ice
cream they should be no bigger than a chocolate chip.
When serving ice cream it is best to take the ice cream out of the
freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before serving to reach the right