One week ago Boyfriend gave me such a beautiful present, my very own Kitchen Aid. I cried when I received the present from him and I still cannot believe it. But there it is...standing in my kitchen on his very own place.
So, I finally have the perfect assistant in the kitchen! And it came with an ice cream maker attachment. I have used it already three times (!!!) in one week and I have to say, it is wonderful. I made Pasta Brisee with the machine, vanilla ice cream and this lovely focaccia of this very lovely blog about Italian food. And all three turned out very good.
The most exciting experiment was, needless to say, the vanilla ice cream. As I have always wanted to make my own home-made ice cream. Maybe, if I would still have lived in Italy I would not have dared to make my own ice cream. But here in the Netherlands, with mediocre ice cream, it is certainly not a luxury. And it turns out that home-made ice cream tastes different different than the store-bought one. Or the vanilla ice cream at least...I think the home-made ice cream tastes more real, more pure and it was so creamy and the taste of real vanilla was heavenly!
If you have an ice cream maker at home and you are just a beginner in making your own ice cream I can really recommend you to start with this easy recipe. I made a small batch to start with, and that is just fine for three to four people. But if you want, you can double the ingredients.
Vanilla ice cream, based on the recipe by Tessa Kiros in her book Twelve:
- 250 cl heavy, full-fat, cream
- 125 gr sugar
- 250 cl full-fat milk
- 1/2 or 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tbsp of Vin Santo
Pour the cream in a freezer-safe bowl and add the sugar. Beat until the sugar has dissolved and the cream is a bit fluffy. Add the milk and beat some more.
Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds out of it. Add the seeds to the mixture in the bowl plus the tablespoon of the wine. Beat just a little bit more. Cover the bowl with plastic foil and put in the freezer for one hour.
After that one hour pour the mixture into your ice cream maker according to the instructions of the manufacturer (read careful the instructions before start using your ice cream maker for the first time!).
After you creamy ice cream has been eat it immediately or put it in an airtight container. The ice cream goes perfectly with fresh strawberries or with these cookies.