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Make your own ice cream

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  • For those who don't want to use cream and/or sugar, I find Elmlea Double Light and Sainsbury's SlendaSweet make excellent substitutes in homemade ice cream..
  • We do make icecream and always have some in the freezer, but i also make lots of frozen yogurt, which you can scoop up and shove in a cone, which means the kids love it and I let them have pretty much as many as they like on a hot day cause it's so much healthier (bar the sugar!):

    our method

    Tip one big pot of natural yogurt into your food processor
    Tip in one cup sugar or less
    Tip in one punnet of whatever fruit is cheap and ripe

    Whizz, stick in icecream maker, freeeze:

    Eat lots knowing it's low fat and full of fruit!

    hehehe
  • Ezmondino
    Ezmondino Posts: 404 Forumite
    Has anyone had a go at just blending frozen fruit on a cutting blade, like raspberries, and butter milk? Suppose to be like an instant ice cream.
  • Justamum
    Justamum Posts: 4,727 Forumite
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    Sparky67 wrote: »
    Is an ice cream maker worth the money? Or do you get a good enough result doing it the old fashioned way??

    I was lucky as I found an ice-cream maker at the dump. It works so I just gave it a good clean and it looks almost new. It's an automatic one so has saved me a fortune in buying one. I haven't actually made any ice-cream yet as I want to find some vegan recipes.
  • OMR
    OMR Posts: 29 Forumite
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    This is a really cheap ice cream & we all like it, but you have to have a tin 'done' already...

    Lge tin evaporated milk
    6oz icing sugar
    Flavour (see below)

    Cover an unopened tin of evaporated milk (not condensed) with water & simmer for 15 mins. Take out & when cold, chill (still unopened) in fridge overnight, or for a few days or weeks!
    Open tin & whisk (like egg whites) 'til really stiff.
    Add 6oz sieved icing sugar.
    Whisk until blended, but don't overwhisk.
    Put in container & freeze. No need to whisk during freezing.

    Flavourings
    COFFEE: Add a paste (cold) made previously with 2 or 3 teaspoons of instant coffee in boiling water.
    CHOCOLATE: Ditto using cocoa.
    VANILLA: Add a few drops of vanilla essence.
    FRUIT: Add strawberry, apricot, raspberry or banana pulp.
    CITRUS: Add juice to taste.

    I simmer several tins at once & keep them in the fridge. You could make some half boxes, then the next day put another layer of a different flavour on the top.

    I have an icecream maker, but I tend to only use that for freezing shop-bought fruit yoghurt for a quick pudd.
  • Seakay
    Seakay Posts: 4,265 Forumite
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    Tofu ice-cream

    450g tofu
    half a pint of fruit juice (or diluted fruit syrup eg grape diluted 4:1 makes a sweet pink ice-cream, apple diuted 7:1 makes a sweet white ice-cream)

    optional flavourings: carob syrup, cardommom powder, nuts and raisins etc.

    Liquidise the tofu with the fruit juice (or just water and sweeten to taste), add any flavourings you fancy and freeze.

    Remove from the freezer 25 minutes before serving.

    Taken from "Tofu and it's uses" published by the wholefood cookery school.
  • rosepink
    rosepink Posts: 33 Forumite
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    ;) If you have a basic vanilla ice cream you can make a delicious brown bread ice cream ! Much nicer than it sounds!

    Use stale brown bread to make breadcrumbs. Sprinkle onto a baking sheet and scatter over some brown sugar. Bake in a hot oven until the sugar has melted and the crumbs are even browner! Let it cool then stir thru your ice cream and freeze again. It is like a praline ice cream.

    Also try mixing in some mincemeat , which you would usually use for mince pies at christmas. Freeze again . This makes a lovely ice cream which my family prefer to Christmas pudding!

    You can also melt mars bars or after eight mints in the microwave for quick sauces for a plain ice cream!
  • mum2one
    mum2one Posts: 16,279 Forumite
    Xmas Saver!
    These sound gorgeous.......x
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • Someone asked for a Christmas ice cream - I have a fantastic version I've used for years. Sometimes I follow it to the letter, sometimes I cheat, everyone loves it whatever. Use either a good home made vanilla ice cream or cheat and use a shop bought one. Soften enough to allow you to fold in fruit, nuts, cherries etc. spices and brandy/sherry whatever you like - in fact all the things you put into a real Christmas pudding, then freeze it in a pudding basin. I started this as an alternative pudding but my family all expect it now, we have a black traditional pud and a white ice cream pud, both with holly on the top. Looks great!!!

    An even easier version to cheat with is just bought ice cream with mincemeat and cherries stirred in. Once its tipped out like a pud no-one even notices!!!

    love everyone's recipes - thanks
    Elizabeth
  • jumblejack
    jumblejack Posts: 6,599 Forumite
    Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van
    covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped
    himself.
    :A Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!:A
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):£30.50/£40
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