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A new ice-cream maker
We treated ourselves to a big red American Retro
KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer as a joint Christmas
present for 2014, Patricia's Mum's old Kenwood Chef having
finally given up the ghost.
We picked the right time, as KitchenAid were giving away
an ice-cream maker valued at over £70 as part of a
promotion. This arrived a few days after the mixer and I
couldn't wait to try it out.
I looked at lots of recipes for plain vanilla ice cream
and picked one more-or-less at random. Here is what I
ended up doing::
600ml double cream
Move a container to the bottom of the fridge for 1-2
hours. Scoop and add the garnish of your choice (we used
maple syrup for our first test). Eat and be amazed. We
were - the ice-cream had just the right consistency and
was buttery-smooth with no trace of ice crystals.
Rum and raisin for Christmas
I had 470 grams of whipped cream left over from a family
gathering a week or go. It would have been criminal to
dump it, so yesterday I added 130 grams of liquid double
cream and 600ml of semi-skimmed milk (I was too lazy to
walk over the road for whole milk and with all that cream
I didn't think it would make a lot of difference).
Otherwise, apart from reducing the sugar to 200ml and
increasing the vanilla extract to one tablespoon, I
followed the recipe above. I decided to chill the custard
overnight, and at the same time I measured out 300ml of
sultanas in a old photographic measuring cylinder and just
covered them with dark rum.
By this morning the sultanas were wonderfully soft and
plumped up, and the level of the rum had gone down quite a
way - in fact, when I strained the fruit there was only
just over a tablespoon of liquid left. So that went into
the custard, and 15 minutes into the churning process I
spooned the sultanas into the ice-cream maker. The machine
had no trouble mixing them in, and after another quarter
of an hour I decanted the still-soft ice-cream into
containers and put them in the freezer.
Watch this space for a report...
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