We can’t pass a Marble Slab store without one of the kids shouting for ice cream, or pointing frantically at it in Violet’s case. The kids (and I) love ice cream. For dessert, for a summer snack and for a delicious quick spoonful mid-afternoon, it’s our sweet of choice.
I love it so much that one of the reasons I was so excited to receive the KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas was that we could get the ice cream maker attachment and make delicious, delicious ice cream at-home.
My lovely aunt gifted us the ice cream maker attachment, and we made our first batch of ice cream, quickly followed by our second.
Our first batch of ice cream, cake batter ice cream, was delicious and similar to Marble Slab’s birthday ice cream and took only a few minutes of ‘real work’ in the kitchen, as the mixer did all of the work. The easy, egg-free recipe was simple, and was way under the cost of $9/two cones at Marble Slab, or Purdy’s at Southgate, one of our second places to get an ice cream cone.
The only additional item that we had to purchase (something that’s not regularly in our pantry) was the heavy cream (I used whipping cream, as we had that on hand) and so we were well under the cost of our favorite ice cream store, as I was able to make 1L + of cake batter ice cream with the ingredients.
For the second batch of ice cream, I chose to make lemon sorbet because it’s one of my favorite flavors and I was looking for something a little lighter for myself for that mid-afternoon sweet craving.
Get my recipe for Cake Batter ice cream – it’s simple and a perfect recipe for the kids to help with.
KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment
You have to make sure that the bowl is fully frozen (at least 15 hours in the freezer) before you use it for the bowl to be cold enough, but that’s a breeze since you’re not going to be using it on a daily basis. We used the artisan mixer, and it easily attached to the base at the bottom of the mixer. I attached the initial piece, and it took me a few minutes of reading the instructions that the dasher (what churns the ice cream) didn’t actually attach, it just fits in just-so, to churn the ice cream.
It took about fifteen minutes on stir to achieve soft-serve consistency with the ice cream maker. I let the kids taste test it, lick the spoon and bowl and used a spatula to move the ice cream into a shallow dish, and freeze. In about six hours it was the right consistency but the recipe that I was following suggested letting it freeze overnight for the best results. The first recipe turned out perfectly and the attachment was a breeze to use.
At $100 (currently on sale at Amazon), that’s ten trips to the ice cream store and it makes it simple to create out our own ice cream at-home. It’s an easy way to add something to the list of things that you’re able to make at-home. The instruction booklet comes with easy to follow recipes and there are some great recipes online.