This past Christmas I received my much longed for ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer. Last night we finally broke it in.
We made the standard vanilla ice cream recipe, and in the last few minutes of the freezing/mixing phase, we threw in some diced canned peaches. Oh, mama...
It is SO GOOD. The only downsides to having this miracle device in my home are:
A) We're going to gain some weight.
B) Spontaneity is not allowed. You have to chill the freeze bowl for at least 15 hours before using it, and the cooked custard (at least for this recipe) needs to cool for 8 hours before throwing it in the freeze bowl to mix. So, you basically need a whole day's advance notice in order to whip up some ice cream.
C) The ingredients are pricey. We spent about $7 on the ingredients for this batch. Had we not had our own eggs - this recipe calls for eight yolks - it would have been more.
Having further perused the recipe booklet, it's looking like sorbet will be a lot simpler and cheaper to make, not to mention way less fattening, therefore I see us eating more sorbet than ice cream, but it's nice to have options. I've got so many potential flavors in mind that I don't know where to begin - espresso & Irish cream, tiramisu, huckleberry sorbet... It's a good problem to have.