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OK, so it's "Treats" at the moment, and [personal profile] miss_s_b insists I post my new ice cream method here.

Backstory: my ice cream maker is broken and I can't afford to fix it, and I had a cupboard with some ingredients that needed using, so I googled. I have adapted this from multiple articles.

Ingredients:
600ml Double Cream (USians: I believe "heavy cream")
1 tin Condensed Milk (sweetened)—the 14oz tin now sold in metric
Flavouring (eg: 2 tsp vanilla essence)

Put the cream and the milk in a mixing bowl and whisk, preferably with an electric whisk but a hand whisk will do, it'll just take an age. When soft peaks are beginning to form, add in your flavouring and whisk a bit more, making sure that you've got any edge bits incorporated nicely.

Pour into either 2 1-litre tubs or one bigger tub, put in the freezer for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight. Enjoy.

You might find it needs to be removed from the freezer a bit before serving up as it might go very solid.

Variants: Nestle make a 'caramel' condensed milk, use that and, if you want, add a teaspoon or 2 of salt for salted caramel. Any other oil base or highly concentrated flavouring, it's important the water content is low.

This works because condensed milk and double cream are very low in water content, so you don't get ice crystals or similar. Jennie didn't like my salted caramel that I made last night, which, y'know, more for me...
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A couple of weeks ago I made ice cream for the first time. I used the following to make a custard:
350ml double cream
250ml single cream
2 egg yolks
3 tbsp demerera sugar
the husk of half a vanilla pod I'd kept in my sugar

This I know how to do so it came out really nicely.
For the flavouring I cooked down two smallish chopped apples with 2tsp of ground cinnamon. This I mixed into the custard using a stick blender to ensure even distribution. The final mix tasted great and I was very happy with it. After it had cooled, I filled the custard into a small freezer tub and put it into my freezer compartment, hoping for the best. Every half hour or so I stirred the mix with a fork to break up the ice that had formed and after about four hours or so it had reached a consistency that was very close to ice cream. I even managed to make a reasonably looking quenelle:
Apple and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Now for the disappointment: Unlike the custard, the flavour of the finished product was rather weak. I guess I have to pack in more next time. However, as a first attempt, I really happy with it. Any suggestions more than welcome.

Update - A few tips (own experience and others'):
- the initial custard needs to be very strong in flavour, almost too strong to be comfortable when you taste it
- next time I make the above I will cook a stick of cinnamon with the cream and leave to infuse for some time which should intensify the flavour
- use a round container and one is big enough so it's not filled all the way up to make vigorous stirring easier

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