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Homemade ice-cream - Delicious!

Updated on November 29, 2014

The healthier option! Ice cream with no additives or Preservaties

A couple of years ago I bought an ice-cream maker, used it once and then put it in the cupboard with all my other "can't live without" gadgets. This cupboard shelf has quickly turned into my equivalent of a gadget graveyard.

It was a great idea. The thought of making our own ice-cream for treats. A quick and easy dessert at the drop of a hat, well a few twists of the bowl at any rate. Wrong. I found it time consuming, messy and hard work. Not a job I enjoyed. Not even a little task my children were willing to help me with. They (and I) found that it was very difficult to turn the handle as the ice cream started to freeze.

Last summer was the turning point for me. I found it more and more difficult to find ice cream that my youngest child could enjoy. He has a food allergy and we can't take any chances with "may contain traces of". I decided to try making ice cream again. This time I went a bit more high-tech. I bought an ice-cream maker that was electric. We freeze the bowl overnight, then make our custard, or sometimes I cheat and buy a good quality ready made fresh custard. We mush up our berries, it all goes into the ice-cream maker and 20 minutes later we have delicious ice cream, with no additives.

A favourite recipe I have used for a dessert for adults consists of mascarpone cheese, caster sugar and mixed berries. Delicious served with a couple of circles of homemade shortbread.

For special treats my children love to add chunks of meringue, chocolate drops or sometimes marshmallow.

Someone at work mentioned making stilton ice cream, which is seemingly delicious with poached pears. I haven't made this yet, not sure if my palate is up to it, but the trick is not to use too much stilton, you want a hint of the taste, not the taste to over-power you. Obviously this is a trial and error recipe that you adjust to your own taste.

You can never have too many recipe ideas

This ice-cream is more of a "grown-up" dessert. I find it best to serve in small quantities, it is very rich, accompanied with a couple of small shortbread circles.

I often freeze berries when they are in abundance in the summer to use with this recipe.

If you don't have superfine sugar then grind some granulated sugar in a clean coffee grinder until fine.

Ingredients

  • 375 g mixed berries
  • 150 ml milk
  • 250 g Mascarpone
  • 75 g superfine sugar

Instructions

  1. Blend the mixed fruit and milk in a food processor until smooth. Sieve the puree until smooth. Set aside. Place the mascarpone and sugar into the ice-cream maker and switch on. Slowly add the fruit puree ot the mascarpone mixture.
  2. Let the machine run according to your machine's manufacturers instructions.
  3. Makes approximately 750ml.
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      Steve Weatherhead 3 years ago from Granada, Spain

      Yes, not half! Looks both simple and delicious.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Sojournstar Media: I hope you enjoy it!

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      Angela Hobbs 4 years ago from The TARDIS

      We just bought an Ice Cream Maker a couple moths ago, and have been happily making Ice Cream since.

      Must try the berry recipe you posted here.

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      I love ice cream! Great lens.

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      fennirose 4 years ago

      Amazing! I should try this out! fits to my healthy living.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @othellos: You are very welcome!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Very helpful for summer ideas. Your recipes open new thinking paths for creation and I also like a lot the new ingredients you suggest. Mascarpone is a cheese that I use a lot in my recipes (i.e. Tiramisu) and with berries I will have a nice pair. Thanks for sharing :=)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The mascarpone sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Enjoy, I must mention that it is a very rich ice-cream, but delicious.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      We used to make homemade ice cream, but I have never tried a Mascarpone ice cream recipe before. Time to pull out the ice cream maker and give it a go :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      I remember an old wooden tub with a hand-crank that sat in our basement when I was a little kid. My sister told me it was an ice cream maker which require rock salt and a lot of elbow grease. I don't remember anyone in our family ever making any homemade ice cream...although I'm guessing we would have if we'd had one of those neat machines up at the top of your lens!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @StrongMay: I agree, I love experimenting with ice-cream making, although I have had some disasters!

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      Mmmm...! Sounds delicious!

      My mom has an ice-cream maker, actually. A friend bought her one for Christmas. Yum, the stuff that can come out of it!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Go on try it, I'm sure you'll love it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm not sure, but it sounds interesting!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah, home made is the best way to go.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @vineliner57: I agree, I prefer using more fruit and less sugar!

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      There is simply no comparison when it comes to taste. Home made ice cream is the best.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @jimporsche86: I'm waiting on the warmer weather!

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      jimporsche86 4 years ago

      My wife and I were just talking this morning about maybe making some homemade ice cream soon.

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      PurplePansy LM 4 years ago

      I've been wanting to try mascarpone for a while now. It sounds really good and I bet it would be divine as ice cream!

      Couldn't help but be entertained by the idea of opening an ice cream shop upon seeing ice cream equipment for sale on eBay. My sister has often played with the idea of an ice cream shop. Maybe someday. :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Elaine Chen: I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      This ice cream recipe sounds delicious. Ice cream is one of my downfalls as I love homemade ice cream. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Bon Appetit! (^_-)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      sure, I plan to apply your ice cream recipe by coming weekend :-) thanks for sharing

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Dusty2 LM: I hope you enjoy it!

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Yummy Lens On Homemade Ice-cream!

      Thanks for sharing the recipe, I love ice-cream very much.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds lovely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Mother had a killer recipe foe Homemade Peach Ice Cream, it even had fresh Peach within the Ice Cream when it was done!! Yummy!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      I would like to try your recipes. Home made ice cream are so much better than the commercially made. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to but I am not a real wizz in the kitchen, but will pass the recipe on to my mom for sure!

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      NostalgicTimes 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I agree. Especially now that we are more conscious of maintaining good health and trying to reduce intake of processed foods.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @kabbalah lm: I agree.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Homemade ice cream sounds yummy. Grocery store ones with loads of preservatives and names of ingredients I can't pronounce are scary today.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @AcornOakForest: You're right, it's a lot easier now.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I have many fond memories of making homemade ice cream when I was a kid. These machines make it look MUCH easier than it was back then!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @DecoratingMom411: Good luck, I hope you enjoy it.

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      I would love to try making mixed berry and mascarpone ice cream this Christmas! It could be a perfect dessert to serve!

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      Sisi-cfield LM 4 years ago

      omg, I am craving, craving.

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      webmavern 5 years ago

      I've never made ice cream but your delicious recipe just might tempt me!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I love Ice Cream, this sound so yummy. I also make my own Ice Cream. Blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      einsteinmoomjy 5 years ago

      When I was a kid we had a hand cranked ice cream maker. I remember that it required salt and the ice cream always tasted like salt. I thought that was normal for a long time! LOL.

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      I make my own ice cream it tastes so much better and the combinations are left only to your imagination. I used to make it by hand but have now upgraded to an electric ice cream maker.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @Rangoon House: I hope you enjoy it.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have an electric ice-cream maker and am very keen to try your mascarpone recipe - wow! I can well understand the small portion requirement.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      We have an ice cream maker that just collecting dust, I might start using it. Your recipe sounds good!

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      Oh, ice-cream - can I get some? :)

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious!