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My happiness machine – the ice cream maker

13 Nov

Ice cream makes me happy. It reminds me that some of the best things in life is affordable and not exclusive. Ice cream is a common food language. Everyone can relates to ice cream. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what language you speak and what food you eat, anyone can speak ice cream.

If ice cream creates happiness then Mr T has brought me a happiness machine – an ice cream maker, more precisely a kitchenaid ice cream extension.

Kitchenaid Ice Cream Extension

He has calculated that this machine will generate 3 years worth of ice cream and that I should never bought any ice cream from the shops anymore. I don’t know how he has arrived to the 3 years figure but I’m really quite contented on making my own ice cream for now, so I didn’t quite care about the rule he has placed on me. Except that I might be tempted by a big billboard of ice cream…

I have tried making 3 kind of ice cream since receiving this happiness machine. In accending level of efforts required – the instant green tea ice cream, lime and coconut sorbet and cookie and cream ice cream with bailey.

Green tea ice cream

The instant green tea ice cream is a cheat. I bought this instant satchel in an Asian grocery shop.

Instant Green Tea Ice Cream Mix

According to the instruction it doesn’t require any machinery in the making. Here’s what it says:
– Pour the satchel in a bowl, add milk and whisked.
– Chill the mixture in the fridge for a few hours
– Enjoy!

I have decided to make a show out of it and I really, really want to use my new KA extension. So I added milk, whisked it and pour into the extension to churn it anyway and freeze it in the freezer for a few hours.

I forgot to take a photo of the end result (oops) but the texture and the taste are similar to the one I had in Japanese restaurants. (They probably use the same mix?) The taste is more like a bitter-tea taste than the milky ice cream taste which some Green tea ice cream belongs to. My personal preference is to enjoy the bitter green tea taste rather than the milky green tea ice cream. I will buy this mix again

Lime and coconut sobert

I was craving for a citrus-y sobert with a tang and decided to research for lime sobert recipe. I came across heaps of lime and coconut sobert I have adapted the recipe from theendlessmeal.

Ingredients

325ml unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 limes, juice and zest
1/4 cup sugar

Methods as posted by Kristen@theendless meal

I halved the sugar which is a bold move as lime can be really sharp. It was almost too sour on the first day but it soon settle in and became milder from day 2 onwards. By day 3 it was just right. If I were to make this again, I will still retain the sugar proportion

Cookies and Cream

Oreo cookies and Bailey

Finally, my proudest creation is the cookies and cream ice cream. A word of warning… watch out for oreo thief!!!!!

Cow with oreo

I have adapted my recipe from Baked Bree

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cups caster sugar
3 cups thickened cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoon Bailey
20 Oreos – not too crush if you want it chunky

Methods as posted by Baked Bree and add Bailey together with the cream and vanilla extract.

On the first day, it was too sweet (again!). But on the 2nd day, the sweetness subsided. On the magic 3rd day, it was just right!

 

 

So here’s the tip – ice cream flavour tone down as is kept longer. So if you ever find your ice cream too sweet, perhaps leave it in the freezer for another day before enjoying them 🙂

Here’s more tips I found for making good ice-cream at home:

10 tips for making good ice cream
How to make good ice cream with Kitchenaid (find the comments here helpful):
How to make ice cream without a machine:

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