Ice Cream Maker

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Liz Moulder

Ice Cream Maker

I have been thinking about buying an ice cream maker with a compressor partly because I have a small freezer but also because I quite like the idea of making it without having to plan ahead. However... I have "googled" a few recipes and it would seem that you need to make a custard at least 2 hours before, preferably the night before. This rather takes the spontaneity away. Is it worth it?

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Tompeters

Ice Cream Maker

Not all ice creams are custard-based. The waiting time is to let it cool; you can cool it faster using an ice-bath, for example.

You can also make sorbets and frozen yoghourt.

I tend now only to make the ice creams you can't buy in the shops - or those that are very dear in the shops. For example, 'proper' chocolate ice cream is quite unlike shop bought.

Compressor machines are expensive, heavy and take a lot of counter space. I have the small Cuisinart which has a bowl that needs to be frozen overnight. I only put it in when I intend to make ice cream so it doesn't use a lot of freezer space. Being smaller and lighter it is easy to lift to the top and back of a kitchen cupboard where it generally lives next to the George Foreman grill for most of the year.

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Honey

Ice Cream Maker

My maker is like yours Tomps, sits at the back of the cupboard most of the year. I'm like you, I make the ice-creams that are more unusual. Mind you, my favourite of all time is probably coffee ice-cream. Never made a chocolate one though.

I keep thinking I will get one that plugs in as I've had two now that have started to weep and I've had to replace them. It would have been cheaper to buy the more expensive one in the first place. I know a couple of people who have them and say they're great. Not cheap, but they do a good job. I might splash out one day.

H x

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Tompeters

Ice Cream Maker

Hi Honey, I used to love Fortnum's coffee ice cream but seldom go up these days. Really deep, rich flavour. Can you share your recipe?

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Honey

Ice-cream maker

Hi Tomps, I've not been so lucky as to try the Fortnum's ice-cream. But I do like one with a lot of flavour and so I'm always heavy handed with the coffee. I don't have a favourite one but a very easy cheats one I've made (you don't have to start with a custard) is Nigella's One Step No Churn Coffee Ice-cream (I use my Kenwood) that's made using instant espresso powder and that gives quite a good flavour. I've also done Huge Whatshisface's one too. I'll give you the link to Nigella's (risky I know, hope Noreen isn't watching!) as I don't think Delia has a coffee ice-cream on here and so I hope I'm forgiven (if there is, I can't find it)! There is a video showing you how to make it. ;o) Just don't slop it everywhere like Nigella did, mucky mare. :o) Delia would never do that!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/one-step_no-churn_coffee_88525

H x

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Kayb

Custard Ice Cream

I saw James Martin making ice cream on a programme yesterday, using a machine, and he poured the still warm custard into the machine, not sure that it did it much good although it was one of those expensive professional jobs.
You can also make ice cream with beaten single cream, or thick greek-style yoghourt.
Hope this helps
Karen

 
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