My parents got me a Cuisinart ice cream maker for Christmas, and it is amazing. It’s easy to use and makes ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet in 30 minutes. Due to all the leftover candy canes around the house I tried Cuisinart’s peppermint ice cream recipe first. Scrumptious! It tastes so much better than store bought ice cream.
1 cup whole milk, well chilled
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled
1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cup crushed hard peppermint candies
In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer or a whisk to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1–2 minutes on low speed. Stir in the heavy cream, vanilla and peppermint extract. Turn the machine ON, pour mixture into freezer bowl through ingredient spout and let mix until thickened, about 25–30 minutes. Add the crushed peppermint candies during the last 5 minutes of mixing. If desired, allow the ice cream to “ripen” in the freezer for 2 hours.
Top this with chocolate syrup and it tastes like peppermint patties! I bet you could even substitute mini chocolate chips for crushed candy canes to make mint chocolate chip ice cream!
(This recipe would work in an old school hand crank ice cream maker too—it would just take longer.)