(Machine-less) Homemade Ice Cream

I’ve recently become obsessed with a website called Pinterest. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s an online resource for gathering and sharing ideas. Sort of a virtual corkboard for pinning your favorite things. My cousin-in-law, Jenna, did a great post on how it works. You can find all sorts of fun things on there spanning several categories. Can you guess which of my categories (besides Halloween decorations) is currently overflowing? That’s right, it’s Recipes. And I’ve found some goodies.

Last night we tried this one (pinned first by Jenna– thanks!). It’s an ice cream recipe that doesn’t require a machine to make it. And it claimed to produce a smooth and creamy texture. Sounds too good to be true? I was skeptical, but had to give it a go.

Seriously, people. You have to try this recipe! It’s not Ben & Jerry’s or even Thrifty’s Ice Cream, but it is goooooood. She gives some suggestions for flavors that sound delish. We went with our own this time: Nutella Toffee Crunch. Take the basic recipe and add 1/2 cup Nutella, 1/2 cup toffee bits, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.

It came out of the freezer looking like this:

It was pretty smooth and surprisingly creamy. The straight whipping cream parts were slightly icy, but not bad at all. For what it was, and how easy it was to prepare, I’d call this a winner.

We enjoyed it for Family Home Evening tonight. Maddie kept saying, “This is my favorite ice cream!” though using the word “favorite” is currently her favorite thing to do. Still. Try it. You won’t be sorry.


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