Original recipe: accidentally awesome cabin ice cream

One of the best ways to determine whether you’ve managed to really nail the theory behind a process is to successfully generate an end result with it, without referring to your notes. This last Easter weekend, I managed to do just that at a retreat in a tiny cabin on a quiet, sleepy island. The kitchen was surprisingly well appointed and included an ice cream maker, so naturally I had to do something using it. It was clearly a success; one of the cabin-mates proclaimed “I don’t like ice cream, and I love this,” and took a photo to commemorate the event (pictured below), and others ate their furtively to avoid alerting the rest of the group to the presence of the ice cream and having to share.

To ensure a smooth, scoopable texture in the resulting ice cream, I used three techniques: adding a bit of cornstarch while cooking the custard to assist thickening and absorb extra water; adding a little alcohol after the custard was done to lower the freezing point; and thoroughly chilling the custard in the freezer until it was just starting to freeze around the edges to ensure an instant freeze in the churn. I don’t have much in the way of precise measurements, but I’m fairly confident I could make something similarly good again.

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Original recipe: accidentally awesome cabin ice cream
Course Dessert
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
litre
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
litre
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla extract and liqueur in saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool slightly. Stir in vanilla flavourings.
  3. Pour custard into a shallow pan (a baking pan is fine) and chill thoroughly in fridge or freezer.
  4. Churn chilled custard in ice cream machine 15 minutes or according to manufacturer instructions.
  5. Use soft serve ice cream as is or transfer it into a container to freeze hard.
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