Making your Own Ice Cream
Peach and Raspberry Ripple anyone? The really great thing about making your own ice cream is the opportunity to create your own exciting flavours. Once you've got the basics, you can add any number of ingredients to make your dream cream. It's a great topic for a Cookery Group Masterclass and, if you borrow a churning machine, you could even make some for the group to test.
Research and PresentationFor this Masterclass, you don’t really need a guest speaker. A little research and a willing Presenter, and you can explore the exciting world of ice cream at Cookery Group. This is a topic with enormous potential. Ice cream isn’t just easy to make, it’s also easy to adapt, once you’ve grasped the principles. And they’re not hard...
EquipmentYou don’t need that much to whip up some Mr Whippy! A big bowl, a saucepan, a whisk and a freezable container, and you can make pure frozen bliss. However, churning the cream yourself as it freezes (removing it every couple of hours) can be slightly hit-and-miss, especially if you forget about it. And, if you want to make some ice cream at this Cookery Group Masterclass, you need a quick-freeze option. For this, you’ll need an ice cream machine. There are two types of ice cream machine:
- Counter-top Ice cream Machines. These sit on your counter and freeze ice cream while churning to produce a soft consistency. These are the more expensive models, starting at around £250. They’re also faster, producing soft scoop ice cream in as little as 20 minutes.
- Freezer Ice cream Machines. These come with a bowl that should be frozen before being filled with ice cream. The battery-powered churning mechanism sits in the freezer, churning the cream as it freezes. These models start at about £30, but there can be drawbacks – if your freezer is at the wrong temperature or it’s too full, you can end up with icy ice cream anyway.