While we were away on our trip I got a very important package that was waiting for me when I got back. Something I’ve wanted for ages – a ice cream maker. I used a friend’s Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker awhile back and LOVED it. I had never made ice cream before and it was truly really simple. Ever since my first ice cream making experience I’ve wanted to have my own. Not only do you save money by making your own but you also use the ingredients that work for your family. I love knowing exactly what is in the food I feed my children, especially sweets like ice cream.
Making ice cream is a fun activity to do with your kids. You can start the process off by taking the kids to the grocery store, farmer market or your own back yard to pick out the ingredients for your ice cream. Once you have all your ingredients you can get started. We actually made frozen yogurt since we had some Stonyfield plain yogurt on hand in our fridge but you can make traditional ice cream, sorbet or gelatos too. Here is our version of Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt.
- 2 ½ cups fresh raspberries
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 4 cups plain, greek or vanilla yogurt – I used regular plain
- ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 10 0z of dark chocolate cut into small pieces
- In a saucepan combine milk, cream, chocolate, sugar and vanilla and let the sugar dissolve and milk mixture get warm – do not boil
- After the milk warm and chocolate is melted place in a blender with the raspberries and yogurt. Blend until smooth
- Add mixture to ice cream maker while the ice cream maker is on. Make sure the ice cream inner container is fully frozen before making any sort of ice cream.
- Let it work it’s magic for about 30 minutes
- You should have a soft serve ice cream, but it’s best to place the frozen yogurt in a air tight container and place in the freezer for about 2 hours before serving.
As you can see it was a HUGE hit with my son. What is your favorite way to spend time in the kitchen with your children?