My Ice Cream Making Adventure

My Ice Cream making adventure started because I went back to Somersizing to lose some weight.  For some reason this is the only “diet” that  works for me. For some reason after dinner I need dessert. So since I had to give up my piece of cake, coffecake and cookies, I need something to fill the void. I do love my ice cream and could not find one on the market without sugar or very low sugar I liked. So begins my ice cream making adventure. I did make ice cream long time ago and tossed the maker I had years back. So I researched machines and found the Cuisinart Ice-21 had the best reviews for the price. I got mine at Williams Sonoma it came with 2 bowls for 69.95 plus if you sign up for their e-mails you get 15% off.  Ice Cream Making

So my ice cream making adventure begins! I read the booklet, googled information, got in some ice cream books. So I tried a custard base one, but was ok too many egg yolks. So I found something called Philadelphia Style Ice Cream, has no yolks and no cooking involved! I tried a few different things and found this works the best. Cuisinart says it takes 20 min to make soft serve, hmmmm way too soft serve for me. So this is what I came up with and seems to work well.  You need 3 cups of liquid, I use 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Cream and 1 1/2 cups of Half and Half. I take the heavy cream put it in a bowl add approx a cup of Whey Low Sugar for Ice Cream and some vanilla and mix until the sugar is dissolved with a  hand mixer. Then I add the half and half and 2 tbls of powdered milk mix a bit longer.  After doing my research I found out you need to add a stabilizer, they are a few mentioned some require cooking, so those were out. But if you add 2 tbls of powdered milk to the mixture, it keeps it from getting that freezer burn and give it a nice texture.Ice Cream Making

So I make my mixture the night before put it in the fridge overnight and then the next morning put it in the freezer for about a half hour.  I also keep a bag of ice cubes in my canister in the freezer to keep it really cold.  When I am ready to make the ice cream I put the machine together, turn it on add my cold mixture. I generally let it run maybe 25 mins, after you do this a few times you will know when it is done. It still comes out soft serve, so I out it in an ice cream container (they have these especially for ice cream) and put it in the freezer. Even after maybe 6 hrs it is still soft, but you can eat it, so overnight for me works to harden it up, but it is still soft enough to spoon out.  I do stick to vanilla, this way I can add topping to it to change it up.  So far I m loving this maker and found out that this way of making it work well.






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