Ice cream is a favorite dessert around the farm. Actually…we kind of like ice cream any time of day. We’ve even had our homemade stuff for breakfast on occasion. (Frozen milk, vanilla, a bit of unrefined sugar or maple syrup, maybe some fruit…what’s not to love?)
But even in our awesome ice cream maker, it takes time. Each batch requires about 25 minutes from mixing to eatable. It also takes planning–I have to make sure our ice cream containers for the machine are completely frozen. Which doesn’t always happen.
So when I read about blender ice cream here, I knew I had to try it. I didn’t have just plain frozen strawberries like it called for, so I used a mix of frozen fruits. Ours had strawberries, pineapple, mango and peaches.
I used about 4 cups of frozen fruit, 1.5 ish cups of raw milk, and 3 T of unrefined sugar. (Once Simon is over a year, I’ll use honey to make it…). After combining all the ingredients in the blender, I turned it to the ice crush mode for about 5 minutes.
I learned something very important.
You should put the milk in the blender first. Not the frozen fruit. I was shutting it off and stirring it pretty frequently.
I did it right on the second batch. That I made just a few minutes after the first batch. The first got devoured that quickly! It was more of a sorbet texture, but whatever you want to call it, it was tasty.
I’m looking forward to experimenting with other frozen fruits. In fact, I cubed up a watermelon yesterday, and threw about four cups in the freezer. We’ll give that a try today. Except I think I’ll teach Jayme or Jeffrey how to make it. It’s a great treat for kids to prepare!
Simon definitely approved!
Have you ever made ice cream in your blender or food processor? I’d love to hear ideas for other combinations!