Well, after my disappointing experience with the Aldi Ice Cream Maker I considered my options, should I a) give up and buy commercial ice cream? b) spend a heap more money to get the type of maker which has a freezing mechanism or c) try another brand of the (much) cheaper sort of ice cream maker (with the inner bowl you need to thoroughly freeze before use). Given that makers of type c exist, I figured they must work, right?
I found a “Homewell” brand maker in a local shop, by accident when browsing, it only cost $19.95, so I thought I’d buy it and try it. I’m glad I did. It works!
I got everything as cold as I could. The inner bowl had been in the freezer for a week. I think it’s found a permanent place there. I chilled the outer bowl in the fridge, I even put the paddle in the freezer. Then I placed the ice cream mix (recipe below) in the freezer for 20 minutes, just to ensure success (given that it’s summer here and quite hot). Within 25 minutes the mixture thickened up and the only issue I had was that I heard a clicking noise and didn’t know what it was until I removed the ice cream from the bowl. A quantity had frozen very hard against the inner bowl and the paddle was scraping against it. All up I let it mix for about 35 minutes.
The resulting consistency was good, and definitely “ice cream”.
The simple no egg recipe is as follows:-
- 300ml of milk
- 1/2 cup sugar – I used caster sugar
- 600ml of thickened cream
- 1 teaspoon of best quality vanilla essence
- Place milk in a bowl, add sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved (no need to heat)
- Add thickened cream and mix, add vanilla essence and mix.