I have decided that I am never buying ice cream again, not after discovering how simple and delicious this was, and it will be easy to do a whole variety of flavours as well as add interesting things like fruit or chocolate chips or Smarties or.......yes....well......we could get carried away here.....
Anyway, this is not my recipe, I'm not that clever, I got this out of a brilliant new book I have about simple living which is called 'Down to Earth' by Rhonda Hetzel, an Australian woman who has a blog of the same name, and lives a lovely simple life.
The recipe called for 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of cream (I used thickened cream, which I think the gelatine in this helped it with the freezing process), 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (you can also use 1 vanilla bean),and a 400ml can of sweetened condensed milk.
To make the ice cream you put the milk and the cream in a saucepan and warm it over a medium heat, then add the vanilla extract or vanilla bean seeds. Bring it to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Remove the vanilla bean (if using these!), then add the condensed milk and stir it all up. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool, once it's cold put it in a clean ice cream container, whack on the lid and pop it in the freezer.
This is where you can use an ice cream machine, so you wait until the mixture has started to form ice crystals and then you put it in the machine and start processing. However I just used old fashioned arm power, which turned out great. I waited until it had started to form ice crystals (so it was a bit slushy) then took it out of the freezer and churned it up a bit. I stuck it back in for a couple of hours (because I forgot about it...), then took it out and gave it another mix. I put the lid back on and didn't see it again until the morning and it was fine. YUMMY!!!
This batch was a bit of a trial, but it worked out beautifully. It is not creamy like store bought ice cream, but it is a bit creamy and icy at the same time, which is fine and it tastes lovely. I think you definitely need to take the time to stir it a few times as I think it is the mixing process that gets the air in there and fluffs it up to make it creamier. Just try not to forget about it like I did!
Give it a go...you'll love it!