Making ice cream at home is a great way to have delicious desserts that will keep you cool and happy in the hot summer days. If you do a quick search online, you are likely to find thousands of different recipes, some of them delicious and tasty, while others downright weird; and if you think that purchasing truly expensive ice cream maker is the only way to go, then you are mistaken – you can make delicious homemade vanilla ice-cream with nothing more than the right ingredients, ice, rock salt, and two strong plastic bags. However, if you want enough ice cream for your family and guests, then you can certainly find an ice cream machine that is affordable and makes delicious frozen desserts and drinks.
What ingredients do you need to make ice cream at home?
You will need a dairy product, usually milk or cream, sugar, artificial colorings and flavorings, and some recipes call for yolks, fruits, chocolate chips, nuts, and other additional ingredients.
The easiest way to make very simple ice-cream like dessert is to simply mix cream, caster sugar, and vanilla and leave it in the freezer; take out the mixture every half an hour and stir it with a spoon or fork in order to prevent the formation of ice crystal – after you have done this for three-four times, leave back the mixture to set for yet another hour and you are done. This is a method that does not require you to use any ice cream making machine and all you need is the ingredients, good freezer, and a simple container.
The traditional custard base vanilla ice cream is made of heavy cream, milk, sugar, yolks, and vanilla pods. Place the egg yolks and the sugar in a bowl and whisk them until the mixture thickens; at the same time pour the milk in a saucepan and heat it up to boiling point, but do not let it boil. After turning the stove off, you should place the vanilla pots in the saucepan as well and let the milk cool for twenty minutes; at the end of the 20 minute period, remove the vanilla pods and start pouring the milk to the yolk and sugar mixture while constantly stirring. Transfer the new mixture to the saucepan, heat it gradually and keep stirring until the custard thickens, then remove the saucepan from the heat when the custard is ready (when it starts to coat the back of a spoon) and let it cool. Once the custard has cooled, you can add the cream (some variations call for adding the cream to the milk before heating it up) and then transfer the whole mixture to an ice cream maker and let it freeze for four hours or as long as it takes.
Another spin of the custard vanilla ice cream recipe is using skim milk powder and in the high calorie version you will need cream, skimmed milk powder, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla, while in the low-calorie version, the cream is replaced by milk. Replacing the cream with skimmed milk helps to lighten the texture of the vanilla ice cream and the technology is pretty much the same as making the regular custard vanilla ice cream.
Egg-mousse base vanilla ice cream – the necessary ingredients are egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract or seeds, and whipped cream. In order to make the syrup, place 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan and pour one cup of water; dissolve the sugar, turn the heat on and leave it on until the syrup thickens. Then, beat two yolks until they are fluffy and start pouring the syrup on to the yolk, while constantly stirring by hand. After that, you can add the vanilla and continue stirring until the mousse is ready and finally fold the whipped cream into the mousse and place the mixture in the freezer.
Making vanilla ice cream with a self-freezing ice cream maker: this is the fastest and the easiest way to make homemade vanilla ice cream in no time. For best results, you should refer to the recipe booklet that is likely to be included with your ice cream maker and once you have made good ice cream a few times, you can add your own twist or start experimenting. Typically, when you make vanilla ice cream with an ice cream maker, you will need milk, yolks, caster sugar, vanilla, and cream or skimmed milk. Once you have all the necessary ingredients, you can proceed the same way as if you are making custard-base vanilla ice cream only the ice cream machine will do most of the work for you and will speed up the whole process considerably.