frozen summer treats
June 10, 2010 12:20 PM   Subscribe

I just got my hands on a Cusinart Ice Cream Maker. What ice cream/sorbet/frozen yogurt recipes do you recommend?

So far we've made our first, successful vanilla frozen yogurt batch using this recipe.

Now, we'd like to expand our horizons. Given that it's summer, however, we would like to take advantage of using summer fruits.

posted by pulled_levers to Food & Drink (39 answers total) 87 users marked this as a favorite
David Lebovitz offers fantastic ice cream recipes, both on his web site and in his book, The Perfect Scoop.
posted by Perplexity at 12:23 PM on June 10, 2010 [3 favorites]

Avocado ice cream! Unique and delicious!
posted by kuppajava at 12:30 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

I recommend both the Lebovitz book and the Ben and Jerry's book. The orange cream dream from the latter is insanely good.
posted by purenitrous at 12:33 PM on June 10, 2010

Seconding "Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book". Yum. Gotta make some of that soon!
posted by so at 12:42 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream always gets great reviews.

I'm slowly working my way into fruits and would love to hear if anyone has a great black raspberry recipe.
posted by Constant Reader at 12:43 PM on June 10, 2010

I knew someone would already have recommended the Perfect Scoop, but I just wanted to come in and give it another vote. The ice cream category on Smitten Kitchen has a small selection of recipes, but they're all very, very good.

Specifically, the buttermilk ice cream on SK rocked my socks, as well as the kiwi sorbet in Perfect Scoop. I've got a sage ice cream base chilling in my fridge right now to churn tonight; I'll report back if it's killer :)
posted by hungrybruno at 12:43 PM on June 10, 2010

David Lebovitz's recipes will definitely be the best. Although it's not in the fruit category, I also love Barefoot Contessa's chocolate gelato.
posted by bcwinters at 12:45 PM on June 10, 2010

Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream
posted by fancyoats at 12:47 PM on June 10, 2010

I love my ice cream maker! In fact I love it so much, I gained 10 lbs last summer trying out different recipes. My rule since then is to make it for social events, like birthday parties or barbecues. My friends "help" me with eating it, plus the person who brings homemade ice cream to a party is almost as popular as the person who brings the beer.

Besides David Leibowitz, I like the 101 Cookbooks recipe for frozen yogurt.

Other tips I can think of:

* Try making the custard using cream top milk. Trader Joes sells it in the plastic bottle, so it's not quite as expensive as buying it with the bottle. This is how I gained 10 lbs, but it's exactly like the experience of making homemade ice cream where you can tell the cream has risen and frozen on the top layer.

* My experience with making egg based/custard ice cream is to let it sit overnight before freezing. Otherwise you end up with custard + __________ flavored ice cream. Letting it sit allows for whatever flavoring you put in your ice cream to steep and overcome the egg flavor.

* I've been experimenting a lot with simply syrups and adding that to a custard base. The best was making a syrup using rum, ginger, cinnamon & star anise. I mixed up the booze infusion and let it sit for two weeks, then cooked it with sugar for a simple syrup. It went really well into a basic vanilla ice cream recipe and turned into the best ginger ice cream I've ever had.

* Another experiment was making coconut ice cream using coconut milk. It's used a lot in vegan ice cream recipes instead of dairy, so same consistency plus extra coconut flavor for coconut ice cream. At some point this summer, I want to try it with a simple syrup I'm making with rum, vanilla bean & canela.
posted by gov_moonbeam at 12:48 PM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]

This recipe for malted vanilla ice cream is awesome (just cut it in half it makes a ton of ice cream)! It was submitted by Steve Herrell owner of Herrell's Ice Cream in Northampton, MA. To us displaced Western Massers it tastes like home.
posted by a22lamia at 12:50 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Giada De Laurentiis has a Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato recipe that is AMAZING:
posted by MorningPerson at 12:50 PM on June 10, 2010

Oh... and if you use a lot of fresh summer fruit, I recommend mixing a little bit of vodka with the fruit puree. Since vodka freezes at a colder temperature than water, it will keep your fruit from getting rock hard in the ice cream.
posted by MorningPerson at 12:52 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

I made this meyer lemon cardamon ice cream a while ago and it was super nomz.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 12:53 PM on June 10, 2010

Following recipes for ice cream is boring! I wrote this guide the other day to help with the process of experimentation. It's a lot of "I have X ingredient, how do I put it into ice cream?"
posted by soma lkzx at 1:00 PM on June 10, 2010 [2 favorites]

Recently, my boyfriend and I made chocolate cinnamon cayenne ice cream. I don't normally like spicy things, but this was UBER delicious and unique. I can't seem to find the recipe we used, but it was eggless and we melted down a chocolate bar instead of using chocolate syrup.
posted by too bad you're not me at 1:10 PM on June 10, 2010

I have a home gelato machine, make lots of ice cream and sorbets over the warm months. Some basic pointers:

--Pureed fruit generally makes great sorbets, as long as it's got flavor to stand up. Cleaned, pureed strawberries with sugar to taste are all you need to make fantastic strawberry sorbet. The fruit pulp is what gives the sorbet its body.

--Other fruits with weaker flavors don't do as well. Regular blah grocery store peaches make lousy sorbet.

--Some fruits may involve a lot of work if you want a pure sorbet without seeds and such. Raspberries and blackberries separate from their seeds better if you puree them with a little water or liquid. I've spent hours struggling with fresh guavas to get the pulp away from the seeds properly, wasn't worth it. With blackberries, people will accept seeds in the sorbet, with other fruits, maybe not so much.

--Mango pulp can be bought at Indian/South Asian groceries in big cans, cheap. Pour it as it is into your ice cream maker, congratulations, you have mango sorbet.

--Egg/custard based ice creams have a different 'eggy' flavor profile than ice cream without eggs. Sometimes you want that, sometimes you don't.

--For a clean vanilla flavor, I usually don't want eggs. I've seen this called "Philadelphia style" ice cream. I have much better luck with coffee ice cream that has only coffee, cream, sugar, dash of vanilla in it, no eggs.

--Toasted almond, on the other hand, goes very nicely in an eggier, cooked custard base. Toast almonds in a pan on the stove, add to vanilla custard base, there you go.

--Basic caramel flavor, meaning that you take sugar and caramelize it in a pan on the stove, can be the flavor for outstanding caramel ice cream.

--Coconut milk can be a good base for ice cream, be aware that the resulting product will be softer and melt faster, though. As you'd expect, it works well with citrusy flavors like lemon. Not just vegan-friendly, it's also good for the lactose intolerant.

--A little alcohol usually improves texture, a lot could disturb proper freezing. You usually only want the amount you'd use for flavoring, like a tablespoon of rum in a batch that totals 2-3 cups of liquid.
posted by gimonca at 1:18 PM on June 10, 2010 [5 favorites]

Vanilla ice cream base:

2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
2 cups (one pint) heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix together as is, or heat lightly without boiling to dissolve the sugar better, then cool in the fridge. Once mixture is cold, chill in your freezer according to directions.
posted by gimonca at 1:25 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Coconut-Lime Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
2/3 cup lime juice

Mix sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Add the coconut milk and lime juice, beat together slightly until mixed. Add a drop of green food color if desired. Refrigerate until cooled, freeze according to your machine's directions.
posted by gimonca at 1:28 PM on June 10, 2010 [4 favorites]

seconding gov_moonbeam's suggestion of the 101 cookbooks frozen yogurt - SO delicious and ridiculously easy!
posted by kms at 1:30 PM on June 10, 2010

Banana Cardamom Ice Cream
posted by electroboy at 1:37 PM on June 10, 2010

I am so hooked on coconut ice cream. Mind you I do not mean just coconut-flavored, milk-based ice cream, I mean ice cream made with 100% coconut milk. I find it actually tastes richer than milk ice cream because of the crazy amounts of saturated fat. This is the one thing where I prefer the vegan alternative to the 'real' version!
posted by slow graffiti at 1:39 PM on June 10, 2010

My wife made this last weekend and it is astonishingly good:
Mint Julep Ice Cream.
posted by Verdant at 1:55 PM on June 10, 2010

too bad you're not me:

I made Epicurious's recipe for Chocolate Chili Ice Cream last summer using Maya Gold chocolate, ancho chili, Cointreau, and canela.
posted by gov_moonbeam at 3:30 PM on June 10, 2010

No recipe just an idea -- recently tried yogurt and honey and walnut ice cream, and it was incredible.
posted by bearwife at 3:43 PM on June 10, 2010

I've come pretty close to mimicking a favorite of mine - baklava ice cream.

Throw in some cinnamon, honey, ground allspice, cardamom, and some nuts. I also made up a few sheets of phyllo dough for some crunchy texture. I wish I could remember the proportions, because I didn't write it down, but those added to vanilla ice cream was AMAZING.

posted by SNWidget at 5:08 PM on June 10, 2010

My favorite use for our ice cream maker (also a Cuisinart; we've been pleased) is to throw in a soda or juice drink and make instant slushies. (Just don't use diet drinks; they don't firm up.)
posted by Sweetie Darling at 5:24 PM on June 10, 2010

No one has ever turned down Baklava Ice Cream
posted by FakePalindrome at 5:26 PM on June 10, 2010

Sorry. Wrong link. Here you go
posted by FakePalindrome at 5:29 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Somebody already mentioned a little alcohol in sorbets (about a tablespoon in the three cups total of fruit purée you put in the machine), which works surprisingly well, but another "smoothing" factor is actually sugar - more than you need, and then "pulled back" with fresh lemon juice. The extra sugar apparently results in a "creamier" sorbet. Oh, and a pinch or two of kosher salt really gives the flavor a big punch.
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 6:44 PM on June 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Hazelnut cookie. It's a gigantic hassle, but totally worthwhile.
posted by novalis_dt at 7:19 PM on June 10, 2010

Campagne sorbet!! It's the best ever. User cheapo Andre strawberry and it rocks (and gets you drunk if you eat enough!)

I can't find the recipe I used to make it online, but it was from a Martha Stewart (Simple Living?) magazine and had whipped egg whites in it to make it super fluffy. It was simple .. seemed like champagne, sugar, and whipped egg whites .. lemon juice maybe? anyway, if you can't find it, I would just put those things in your ice cream maker a nd experiment .. :D
posted by theRussian at 7:43 PM on June 10, 2010

Nthing the Ben & Jerry's book. Used it exclusively with my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker and everything was awesome, especially cinnamon ice cream.
posted by buzzkillington at 7:58 PM on June 10, 2010

Alternate coconut lime
2 fresh eggs, beaten well
1/2 C sugar, beat into the eggs well
15 oz coco lopez cream of coconut or similar
1 pt heavy cream
juice from 1 or two limes

Mix all well. Chill in a very cold fridge, churn into ice cream.
posted by plinth at 8:31 PM on June 10, 2010

The fresh mint ice cream in The Perfect Scoop is spectacular.
posted by une_heure_pleine at 11:24 PM on June 10, 2010

Barefoot Contessa's Caramel Chocolate Pecan ice cream

Heard about it through metachat.

It's been descibed as 'the world's most orgasmically delicious ice cream'. Be sure to let us know if it's true!
posted by sammyabdu at 6:08 AM on June 11, 2010

Definitely try different types of ice creams. You might not be inclined to cook a custard, but it's really worthwhile trying it, because the result is so smooth and silky. As someone else said, vanilla with eggs can taste too eggy (like French vanilla).

Another one to try is semifreddo, an Italian concoction. You fold together a chilled custard and whipped cream; the finished product seems lighter than ice cream, and the flavors come through differently.

Flowers give wonderful flavors -- jasmine is lovely. And rosewater. I don't care for lavender, but you might.

Green tea is popular as an ice cream, but other teas can be very nice, too.

You need a lot of sugar for smoothness, as has been mentioned. But another reason to make it extra sweet is that once it's frozen, the mixture won't taste nearly as sweet as in its liquid form.
posted by wryly at 2:36 PM on June 11, 2010

I love making sorbet. I use the master technique I got from Cook's Illustrated. It uses very few ingredients: water, sugar, fruit, vodka and lemon juice. I've made a bunch of these and they're divine.


(also, if you make the lemon or lime ones using Pimm's instead of vodka and adding a few mint leaves, MAGIC HAPPENS.)
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:04 PM on June 11, 2010 [2 favorites]

Just to say I tried gimonca's amazingly simple coconut-lime ice cream and it was just spectacular.
posted by CunningLinguist at 12:04 PM on June 18, 2010

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