Vanilla Ice Cream

 

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Serves 4 to 6

 

It is a well documented fact that Thomas Jefferson introduced Ice Cream to the United States after his return from Europe.  What many people do not know is that the best, the finest Ice Cream you will ever eat has only there, count them 3, ingredients; cream, something to sweeten it and something to flavor it.  No need for stabilizers, fillers, food coloring, additional fat, or eggs.  So, vanilla ice cream should contain, cream, sugar and vanilla.  Blackberry ice cream should have cream, sugar and blackberries.  Honey ice cream should have cream and honey.  You also do not have to have any fancy equipment.  If you are ice cream maker challenged, you can make your ice cream in a container in your freezer.  Sure, it’s a bit tedious, but it ain’t rocket science.

 

6 cups cream

Sugar to taste

Vanilla to taste

 

Combine all ingredients and stir well.  If you have an ice cream churn or an ice cream maker, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not, pour the above mix into a shallow container and place in your freezer.  Check it every hour, and using a table fork, stir it well.  It is necessary to keep the ice crystals that will form, broken up and mixed back into the cream mixture.  Be particularly careful to break up and mix in the crystals that will form around the edges and on the bottom of the container.  Continue doing this until you have achieved the smooth texture of ice cream.  At that point you may either serve it or put it into a container with a lid and store it in the freezer.

 

If you do not keep stirring it during the freezing process you will wind up with a solid block of ice, not ice cream.

 

 

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