I didn't realize how much I was missing my dearly departed Lickety Split (it died of old age) until my friend found me a Rival for $5 at the thrift store. In the 48 hours it's been mine I've made six separate batches of ice cream. Luckily we had houseguests and Biscuit opened her front yard shop--the freezer is emptier than you would think given this ice cream output.
At first it didn't work but Mr. H and I took it apart and put a bit of penetrating oil on the stuck gears and now it works like a charm. The box is damaged and the plastic faded but I'm not sure the Rival was ever used. The original packets of rock salt and ice cream mix were still included!
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
Whisk until sugar dissolves. Put into ice cream maker.
This is endlessly adaptable!
- Peanut butter: add 1/2 cup peanut butter
- Coffee: add 2 tbsp instant coffee granules
- Strawberry: add 1/2 cup chopped and mashed strawberries (for best results mix fruit with sugar and allow to sit for a few hours before proceeding)
- Banana: add one mashed banana (we actually made banana frozen yogurt by adding the mashed banana to 1.5 cups of plain, whole milk yogurt. I added 1/4 cup sugar but it is a bit too sweet)
- Mint Chocolate: warm half and half and put in a handful of fresh mint. Allow to infuse in the fridge for a few hours before straining and proceeding with recipe. Add chocolate at the end and swirl once (chocolate=dark chocolate chips melted with a few tbsp of cream to make ganache)
We also made lemon lime sherbet--so refreshing and definitely lower in fat if that worries you (but higher in sugar...):
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sugar
- zest and juice of one lemon and one lime (plus a little extra juice if you've got it--aim for 1/4 cup each)
- pinch of salt
Next up I'm planning a toasted coconut and maybe some sorbet.....Then maybe an ice cream truck in my spare time ;)