Friday, July 13, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

To celebrate the upcoming warm weather, I am anxious to make homemade vanilla ice cream so that I can put together ice cream sandwiches. Homemade vanilla ice cream is much better than store bought and it is quite fun to make. This would be a great recipe to make with a child because it is fun to shake the bag or turn the handle. If you are using an ice cream machine, it is even fun to watch the creamy mixture transform into a solid mass. Feel free to add fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts to this vanilla base once it has turned solid but not frozen.

Mix 1 quart light cream, 1-1/2 tablespoons of vanilla, and 3/4 cup of sugar. First put the cream mixture into the freezer can, set the can in the freezer, adjust the top, and fill in around the can with ice and rock salt in layers. Use 3 parts of ice to 1 part of rock salt. Then turn the handle of the crank, slowly at first, then faster as it begins to freeze. This makes for a smoother ice cream. When you feel that it is becoming harder to turn, you can open it up and see if it is done. You can eat it at this point for a soft-serve ice cream or freeze it until it is solid for a harder ice cream.

Place frozen ice cream between two pieces of devil's food cake or any two cookies to create a sandwich. Make your own paper covering or eat immediately. Enjoy!  

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