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Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Querencia Dec 29, 2007 06:46 PM

I have just acquired a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. Does anyone have advice or recipes besides what's in the documentation? Thanks.

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    Oh Robin RE: Querencia Dec 29, 2007 09:57 PM

    It works great but it's really loud. I recommend it for slushy margaritas. Get the Cuervo pre-mixed variety and get your grown up slurpee on.

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      DeborahB RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 06:41 AM

      I recommend buying a copy of The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. I've tried multiple recipes from it and all of them have been terrific. You get rich, smooth, creamy ice cream that is packed with flavor. It's exactly what homemade ice cream should taste like!

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        ziggylu RE: DeborahB Dec 30, 2007 07:13 AM

        I ordered The Perfect Scoop last month...I've made the basic French Vanilla Custard a few times wtih variations. I have some cinnamon custard chilling htis morning to churn up later today. The ice cream maker has been buried in our "gadgetorium" (guest closet turned kitchen storage!) for the last couple years not used much but we've been really giving it a workout the last couple months. There's lots of delicious looking recipes/ideas in this book we're looking forward to trying.

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          dolores RE: ziggylu Dec 30, 2007 12:12 PM

          I made two batches of the Vietnamese Coffee ice cream today. Sadly, I only ended up with two quarts. Well, almost two quarts, minus the tasting.

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            Anne H RE: dolores Dec 30, 2007 05:23 PM

            could you provide a recipe for the Vietnamese coffee ice cream, sounds yummy! TIA.

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              dolores RE: Anne H Dec 31, 2007 06:39 AM

              Here you go, Anne H.


              I made a few modifications -- I used a 14oz. can of condensed milk and a full cup of half and half to make 4 cups of liquid and 1 quart of ice cream. I made the coffee from Cafe Bustelo instant coffee, and made it very strong to my taste.

              It gets a little icy when frozen, I imagine because it is not custard based, but given a little time to thaw, it tasted reallllly good to me.

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              ziggylu RE: dolores Dec 30, 2007 06:05 PM

              Alas I wasn't paying attention and didn't realize my husband had put the custard in the outside freezer to cool...next to the canister for the ice cream maker! D'oh! So no cinnamon ice cream today. Planning to try again tomorrow with the refrozen bowl!

              The Vietnamese coffee has caught my eye and is on my list to definitely try!

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                dolores RE: ziggylu Dec 31, 2007 06:41 AM

                ziggylu, it was my first attempt and worked out well, I have to admit.

                I want to try a custard based ice cream in the future. I bought both the Ben & Jerry and Perfect Scoop books, they both look like good resources.

                Have to watch it, though, homemade ice cream appears to be a dangerous thing to have in the house.

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              Old E. RE: ziggylu Jun 2, 2010 06:06 AM

              I just made the malted milk ball (or whatever the actul title is) ice cream from the Perfect scoop. Fantastic! The avocado was good too. I was dying to try it after seeing Alton Brown make it too. The whole family was skeptical, but ended up enjoying it. My toddler loved it too... no preconcieved notions.

              Next up is the sweet potato... only b/c I have the ingredients lying around.

              I make it all in my Cuisinart IC maker. I only have one bowl left after I dropped one and the guts started leaking out. :(

          2. jfood RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 07:40 AM

            jfood normally sticks to the Ben And Jerry's Book. Planning on some banana ice cream this afternoon.

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              HillJ RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 10:53 AM

              one bloggers love affair with homemade ice cream.
              We acquired a Krups Ice Cream Maker a few moons ago and rarely go a month without creating some creamy concotion. Enjoy the gift!

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                jfood RE: HillJ Dec 31, 2007 05:53 AM


                Here's some blind faith in you from jfood. and faith well placed

                Just made the banana #1 and it is by far the best banana ices cream jfood has ever eaten. He made the base last night and into the fridge. Used 3 nice and ripe bananas and into the cuisinart. One head's up that the amount does not fit as one batch in the Cuisinart. Needed to make it in two batches. No biggie, just a head's up and more ice cream for jfood.

                This is outstanding and recieves a 10 on the jfood scale.

                Thank you so much and have a great new year.

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                  HillJ RE: jfood Dec 31, 2007 06:29 AM

                  hi jfood, glad you enjoyed it! Our Krups does accommodate the batch; deeper bucket perhaps. After years of freezing over ripe bananas for breads & muffins, I wholeheartedly agree a much *better* use is ice cream. Happy New Year to you and the jfoods!

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                Anne H RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 05:34 PM

                I have been having a wonderful time making sorbets. I started with the lemon sorbet in the booklet that comes with the Cuisinart, very yummy. I believe I made another one from the booklet, and then branched out. I had just discovered a South American grocery that sells maracuya juice and mora juice, and used those to make sorbets just improvising based on the recipes. For Thanksgiving, I made carrot sorbet and red pepper sorbet - okay if you like that kind of thing. As a corrective to too much weirdness, I poured several cups of cranberry juice into the machine (right out of the bottle) and that made a sorbet that wasn't bad, either (better to get a concentrate, it was a little weak, the only criticism I'd make).

                The coffee ice cream recipe in the booklet, the only cream based recipe I made without radically cutting back the cream, is incredible.

                In short, you are going to love this machine!

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                  corgimom RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 05:46 PM

                  Nutella Gelato:

                  1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2007 05:55 PM

                    If yours didn't come with a second freezing unit, get one immediately. They are SO useful!

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                      NYCkaren RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 31, 2007 08:55 AM

                      I would do that if I had room for two freezing units in my freezer. Hmmm, wonder what I should throw out. Because every now and then I decide to serve two different kinds of homemade ice cream, and once I've made the first batch it takes forever for the cylinder to re-freeze.

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                        Phoebegibbs RE: NYCkaren Jul 4, 2010 02:37 PM

                        Maybe not kosher but I just get the just made ice cream right out of the canister and back into the freezer before it has really defrosted (I clean it as best I can although it is freezing the wash water)- ready to use again in much less time!

                    2. mamaciita RE: Querencia Dec 31, 2007 05:49 AM

                      Key Lime Pie is the first--and only ice cream I've made in our Cuisinart. It is heavenly!


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                        TammmyM RE: Querencia Jan 1, 2008 12:24 PM

                        I got mine last Christmas, along with the book Williams-Sonoma Ice Cream. We use it year round. My favorite recipes from the book are the mango sorbet, toasted coconut ice cream, amaretto ice cream and the zabaglione gelato.

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                          kweesee RE: Querencia Jan 1, 2008 04:44 PM

                          there are many many ice cream recipe books and websites out there. some flavors ive made with my cuisinart include:
                          1. godiva dark hot chocolate oreo ice cream (favorite - i made 8 pints and gave em to friends)
                          2. sweet potato ice cream
                          3. coffee ice cream
                          4. apple cider sorbet
                          5. pumpkin spice ice cream
                          6. banana ice cream with peanut butter swirls
                          7. red bean ice cream

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                            julesrules RE: Querencia Jun 1, 2010 06:14 PM

                            Has anyone figured out a trick to making sure the canister is properly frozen straight out of the freezer, as opposed to 45 minutes later, when my ice cream hasn't set and I can hear liquid sloshing when I shake the empty canister?
                            I thought I had found the sweet spot in the freezer, and I know the canister needs 72 hours in my freezer to be safe; I've had lots of successful attempts. But I also had a couple of fails last year. The last time was Canadian Thanksgiving so I know the canister was in the freezer for over a month. But after churning half an hour I could tell the sage ice cream was not going to set, and sure enough when I took it out I could hear the liquid sloshing around the interior of the canister. When I've had successful batches, the canister is still totally frozen after churning, in fact I can't wash and dry the canister properly without letting it defrost a bit.
                            I assume my freezer is not consistent enough. But is there anyway to gauge the canister right out of the freezer? Any other tips?

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                              jsaimd RE: julesrules Jun 1, 2010 08:14 PM

                              Before we got a unit with an internal cooling system we had to sometimes run it in the chest freezer in order to get it to freeze. Helps to bury it in the back of the freezer too.

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                                bella_sarda RE: jsaimd Jul 16, 2010 08:02 PM

                                Has anyone determined the maximum amount of liquid that can be dumped into the machine such that (a) the bowl still turns smoothly and (b) it yields 1.5 quarts? I am tired of wasting liquid that doesn't fit into the bowl. I think they are lying about the capacity.

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