From May 30th to June 5th is National Ice Cream Week and Fredericks, ice cream giant manufacturers, are holding their third annual event in an effort to promote ice cream all over the country. The campaign kicked off on Monday with a series of promotions from Cadburys Ice Cream and Del Monte Ice and ends this Sunday with a free give away of a Cadbury ice cream in the Sunday Mirror. During the week the public will be asked to vote on their favourite beach in the UK with the winner being announced in the Times on July 7th. But if you have a penchant for all things creamy and frozen then check out our best ice cream makers and why not make up some delicious recipes for your self?
The Cuisinart Professional Ice Cream Maker is a fully automatic machine and very easy to use. You simply add all your ingredients into the large bowl and switch it on. It completes the cycle and then will switch itself off.
A good addition is the larger than average window which allows you to pour or add fruits or chocolate whilst the machine is still operating. This machine is great for home made recipes and delicious healthy frozen desserts. The Cuisinart has a special compressor system which means you do not have to freeze the bowl before starting. Available from amazon.co.uk for £229.00 with free delivery.
The Kenwood IM200 Ice Cream Maker has the latest cutting edge technology to keep the unit of the machine rotating so the contents do not get frozen and allowing the ice cream to remain smooth so no ice crystals form. It also features wide feed tubes that facilitate adding of ingredients during preparation of ice without necessarily stopping the machine first. With a dual insulated canister that can be stored in the freezer ready for use, the bowl should be frozen for at least 24 hours before use. On sale now from £34.99 to £23.99 you save £11 and get free delivery if you buy from amazon.co.uk. The Philips HR2304 Ice Cream Maker with 1.0L Capacity features a powerful freezing system and a 20W motor for gorgeous tasting home-made ice cream. It has a freezing time cooling element of 18 hours and comes with a recipe booklet to help you make up some delicious recipes. And it only takes about 30 to 50 minutes to make the ice cream. This ice cream maker can make up to one litre of soft ice cream or 0.8 litres of hard ice cream. Buy new from £45.96 at the Philips website or amazon.co.uk.
You can still make ice cream even if you do not have a maker. Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon be creating wonderful ice creams without the need of an expensive machine.
Vanilla Ice Cream – Bring 300ml of single cream to a slow boil then add a vanilla pod or essence, leave to infuse for 15 to 20 minutes. Pour the mixture onto 4 beaten egg yolks, whisk well to blend then return to the pan. Whisk over low heat until the mixture thickens perceptibly and coats a spoon. Sweeten to taste with some vanilla sugar and leave to cool. Whisk 300ml double cream until stiff. Gently fold in the vanilla mixture, mixing thoroughly. Pour into a shallow freezer-proof container, cover the surface with cling film and freeze until firm. Enjoy!