ISO ice cream recipes
So, now that I have my KA ice cream maker attachment, I've made some of the Cook's Illustrated vanilla (I figured that was a good start) and wil probably try some chocolate next; however, does anyone have any good ice cream recipe sources to suggest?
When I had an Il Gelataio machine I used to make very nice pear sorbet using canned pear nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a pear liqueur called Pear William---and just a drop of red food coloring to give it a slight blush. Also, an eggnog ice cream using commercial eggnog mix, cream (half whipping and half coffee cream), rum, nutmeg, and a little chopped candied fruit. Also, fresh bananas & cream ice cream using just bananas pureed in the Cuisinart, cream (half whipping and half coffee cream), and sugar. Also, raspberry ice cream using nothing but frozen sweetened raspberries and cream (half whipping and half coffee). Also, kiwi sorbet (add lemon juice and simple syrup to kiwis pureed in the Cuisinart).
For Thanksgiving I made pumpkin, cinnamon and a maple-walnut ice cream. I also had good luck recently with a coconut ice cream. All these recipes I got off the internet or from the many (!) books I checked out of the library. I was amazed at the number, just on ice cream! Save yourself some money and try that first.
I highly recommend "Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book" (Amazon has it for 9.99). It offers all sorts of ideas, talks about fat content (i.e. using whipping cream vs. half & half), adding alchol,fruits and what freezes well etc. Even if you don't use it for the recipes - it is an excellant guide.
I just used our new ice cream maker tonight. It's a Cuisinart 1 1/2 quart. I made what I called an Almond Joy ice cream. Here it is:
2/3 cup flaked coconut
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup xylitol (you can eliminate this and use all sugar if you want; I was just trying to cut the sugar a wee bit)
1 cup lite coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 (scant) cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup skim milk
1/3 cup half & half
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
Put all ingredients from coconut through cocoa powder into a blender and blend for about a minute. Pour in the milk and half & half and blend it for about 15 seconds. Add the cream, and only blend (on low) for 5 seconds.
Pour it all into the ice cream container and process as your machine directs.
I would have done toasted chopped almonds, too, but I was in a hurry. :)