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My brother and sister-in-law have had an ice cream maker for several years and loooove it. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a long time, but the other day I was surprised when one arrived on my doorstep, thanks to them!
It arrived perfectly in time for my husband’s birthday, so I made my first batch cookies and cream, which is his favorite. (I say this with the exception of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy, which cannot be replicated and sadly cannot be purchased anywhere but at a scoop shop. If you haven’t had it, you must! It really is therapeutic.)
Here’s how it turned out:
Delicious! I can’t say I’ve ever had better cookies & cream. It was perfect! Rarely do I make anything great the first time, so I have to say I’m very encouraged by my first time using the ice cream maker.
So is your mouth watering yet? Here’s the recipe I used, adapted from here.
2 cups half and half (a pint)
5 egg yolks (I know this sounds gross, but don’t worry, it gets cooked.)
1 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream (a pint)
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
20 crushed oreos (next time, I will use more)
*Note: Even though I cut down this recipe, it still made too much for my ice cream maker and I had to take some out. Next time I would make it in 2 batches, or make a little less.
1. Freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker 24 hours in advance.
2. Heat half and half in a pot over medium heat until very hot, but not boiling.
2. In a bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar until well blended.
3. VERY SLOWLY add the hot half and half into the egg and sugar mixture, stirring constantly. You don’t want to cook the eggs!
4. Pour this mixture back into the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until steamy, but not boiling. (*Note: At this point, I strained the egg mixture through a strainer to get out any tiny yucky bits of egg. I would definitely recommend doing this!)
5. Pour into a clean bowl and add vanilla, whipping cream, and salt.
6. Chill for several hours in the fridge.
7. Pour cold ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker. Turn on the ice cream maker for 20 minutes.
8. While the ice cream maker is going, crush all your oreos in a ziplock bag. A rolling pin can be helpful in this process, but you can also just crush them with your hands.
9. After the ice cream has been mixed for 20 minutes, add the cookies to the ice cream maker until well blended.
10. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours.
As you can see, this is a bit labor intensive, but it is soooo worth it. As long as you plan ahead, you can still do it with a toddler around. My 20 month old daughter enjoyed mixing the egg yolks and sugar, crushing the oreos, and watching the ice cream maker go round and round.
Let me know if you make some!