We all scream for ice cream!

Jay at Tasty Appetite is hosting a “Let’s Relish Ice Cream” event for bloggers to link up their homemade ice cream. With my brand new plum-colored Cuisinart ice cream maker, I made my first pint of homemade ice cream this weekend! Actually, two pints, but we’ll get to that in a second.

In my excitement, I asked several people what flavor I should make first, and no joke, my friend (Codename: Candelabra) replied, “Maybe you should just start off with vanilla for now.” Uh! Don’t get me wrong. I like vanilla ice cream, but Candelabra’s tone indicated a lack of faith in my yet proven ice cream making skills. Shame on her! Ha! Granted, I might have been jumping the gun a bit in wanting to make ube (Filipino purple yam) straight out of the gate, but that was because my sister (Codename: Chunklet’s mom) had just given me a bottle of ube extract. I mean, how fun is that? Plus, ube is purple, and I’ve extolled my affinity towards purple plenty of times on this blog.

So, I was stumped as to what my first flavor should be. I did settle on a vanilla base, but I needed a bit more flare. I mean, if this initial ice cream making experience was a bust, then my ice cream maker might sit unused for the rest of the summer. And how does that get me homemade ice cream? You’re right; it doesn’t. My other sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist) suggested I make lavender vanilla ice cream. Now that has flare! A quick search uncovered a David Lebowitz recipe for lavender vanilla ice cream. Score!The recipe called for a custard base with egg yolks which required several hours to cool. Okay, no problem. But, I wanted some ice cream a bit sooner. You know, for “comparison” (read: NOW). But, again, the flavor needed a bit of flare. Vanilla ice cream, no eggs, but still some flare. Got it! Grand Marnier chocolate chip ice cream! This was perfect because I always have Grand Marnier chilling on hand and all the other ingredients in the refrigerator. However, I couldn’t find a segmented chocolate orange to chop into the ice cream, so I did the next best thing and chopped up a Godiva bar with mango, blueberry and tangerine.Okay, I can’t even describe how fun it was to check on the ice cream while it was churning (both times!) The lavender vanilla ice cream was so creamy, delicious and had a smooth mouth feel. The Grand Marnier ice cream had a lighter almost airy mouth feel and the cream immediately melted on the tongue. Both were such great successes that I’m definitely making plenty of ice cream this summer. However, I’m on the lookout for homemade sorbets as well because of all the ripe summer fruit in season. I think I’ll start with strawberry…

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three-Cookies
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 17:52:11

    Off to a flying start. How about dulce de leche, salted butterscotch, bacon…I guess you will have plenty of opportunity to test

  2. Maris(In Good Taste)
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 17:57:18

    I would say this was a major success! You made me want a Cuisinart ice cream maker now!

  3. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 17:57:45

    These look so cool, creamy and delicious! I just bought an ice cream maker last night and have the insert chilling in the freezer. I can’t wait to use it! 🙂

  4. Ronda
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 18:01:51

    Yum, I love making homemade ice cream. That lavender-vanilla one looks great!

  5. Ker-Yng
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 18:28:40

    Delicious!! I saw a Cusinart ice-cream maker at Costco today but my husband didn’t want to buy it saying it’s going to be one of those machines that we buy and not use after a while. Oh!

  6. saffronandhoney
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 19:45:41

    So envious of your new ice cream maker:) and what beautiful combinations! Have fun experimenting/playing with it.

  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 19:47:29

    Oh Grand Mariner! Hello! You’re just trying to make get an ice cream maker too!

  8. Karla
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 20:00:20

    LOVELY! I love making ice cream, too. You should invest in David Lebowitz’s book The Perfect Scoop. The possibilities in that book alone are endless and I read it like a novel when I first got it. I think I’ve got a hankerin’ for some white nectarine sorbet now…Yay!

  9. kitchenarian
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 21:07:39

    Oh I need to pull out my ice cream machine and get started. One of my favorite homemade ice cream flavors is peach, but I have made dulce de leche ice cream before and it was amazing. I can’t wait to read about what other ice cream flavors you make.

  10. Eileen
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 21:17:57

    Ooooh, do keep us posted on your ice cream making adventures. I have another dessert cookbook of Lebovitz’s that covers everything, including ice cream, and I’ve always been tempted to buy a machine and test out his recipes b/c they look goo-oo-oood. I need an enormous kitchen with endless cabinet space. Someday…

  11. chunklet's mom
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 21:34:02

    Woo! Congratulations on the ice cream success!! Both of the flavors look and sound delicious!

  12. rebecca
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 21:42:29

    oh wow awesome ice cream I want an ice cream maker :-0

  13. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 22:41:09

    Oh, I am an ice cream addict! I got an ice cream maker last year, but couldn’t use it because I was was breast feeding and had a dairy intolerant baby. Devastating–I know! Now is the time to break it out! Your pictures are always so fabulous. Thank you for the inspiration.

  14. Trevor Sis. boom
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 22:47:53

    I am all about the ice cream. I use the Kitchen Aid attachment and if anyone ever tried to take it from me they would have to put up quite a fight. Like our Dorie, the DL book really serves to set you free and invent your own. (I just conjured up an idea while reading your post!) My cinnamon ice cream post is the number one hit on my whole blog! Yours looks so good. How can you go wrong with Grand Marnier?

    Last week I made the most amazing pistachio so keep an eye out for that.

  15. Yuri
    Jun 05, 2011 @ 23:51:27

    Love the recipe you chose, I think its time for me to take out my ice cream maker!

  16. Jessica
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 00:22:23

    Ice cream is good. I can’t wait to taste the ube flavored ice cream!

  17. Sutapa
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 02:36:23

    Thumbs up for melt in a mouth delicious superb ice cream …. so now you are a proud ice cream creator! Loving it soooooo much and hope more to come!

  18. Jay
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 04:22:06

    wat a fantastic try with awesome result dear…love your perfection…:)
    Thanks for linking this lipsmacking entry to my event..!
    Looking forward more of your yummies..
    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  19. Adriana
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 05:13:29

    Yeah! This is so exciting. I have raspberries that will probably end up in sorbet too, although my favorite sorbets are citrusy.

  20. Parsley Sage
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 07:23:38

    Woo hoo! You are an ‘ice cream machine’ machine! Great twofer recipes. I can’t wait to see the purple yam one. Sounds exciting 🙂

  21. marla {family fresh cooking}
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 07:53:45

    Nothing better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day….looks wonderful!

  22. sara
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 08:19:58

    Love both of these ice creams, especially the lavendar vanilla one – what a great combination of flavors, wow! 🙂

  23. Linda
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 08:23:45

    I bought my 1st ice cream maker the beginning of the year…and it’s still in the box! I was excited to see your post and I am now inspired to try my hand at ice cream making! Grand Marnier Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – oh yum! I love the taste of orange and chocolate!

  24. Mary
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 08:27:31

    OK that’s it – Im buying an ice cream maker – your ice cream looks SOOOOO delicious. GREAT flavors – vanilla lavender has me hooked – lovely photos!
    Mary x

  25. greedy rosie
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 08:31:09

    MMh, wow. That looks lovely.
    I’m not allowed to get an icecream maker (Mr G has become very strict on kitchen equipment lately), but I did make some homemade coconut icecream this weekend, and it looks a bit more rustic than yours, but still delicious!

  26. kitchen flavours
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 09:01:42

    Welcome, welcome, another new ice-cream maker owner! Congratulations! Hehehe! There’s a whole world of ice-creams, sorbet, sherbets, frozen yoghurt, out there, just waiting for you! Happy churning!
    Both your ice creams looks absolutely creamy and delicious! Time for me to make another batch! You are making me craving for some right now, just looking at yours! Have a lovely week!

  27. Katrice
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 09:44:24

    Mmmmm homemade ice cream…with lavender! Interesting..I don’t think Ive ever had anything with lavender in it. I may have to try it.

  28. Anita Menon
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 11:16:10

    wow.. all that description is going to make me scream for plenty of ice cream

  29. Cher
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 12:01:18

    I can tell you are going to have fun with this one. David L’s “The Perfect Scoop” is a great jumping off point – if you don’t have it, I reccomend!
    I am currently sitting in Houston where it is scheduled to top 100F today – and a bowl of this would go great today.

  30. Cakelaw
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 16:43:06

    Fab ice-cream – although not quite seasonal here, ice-cream on steaming hot pud would be fantastic.

  31. Simply Life
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 17:46:11

    oooh that chocolate with the ice cream looks incredible!!!

  32. Liz
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 20:07:23

    Oh, I’m so happy you have an ice cream maker…your first batch sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see what fabulous flavors you’ll come up with over the summer~

  33. Angela
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 20:44:26

    Lovely. I have always heard that vanilla is the most difficult flavor to make because it is hard to fix if you get the flavors off.

  34. erica@fashionmeetsfood
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 20:58:46

    lavender vanilla ice cream sounds absolutely HEAVENLY!


  35. claire Amberson
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 22:42:32

    ive been a bad blogger but i have loved seeing all your posts i have missed! this ice cream looks great-perfect for summer!

  36. Miri Leigh
    Jun 06, 2011 @ 22:45:03

    Yum! Ice cream just never gets old!

  37. chanzdutt
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 04:46:07

    wow ice cream maker….lucky u ..ur family will enjoy home made ice cream.Hmmm the photographs is only making my mouth watery…am sure the ice cream is super duper yummy…..waiting for more ice cream recipes.

  38. Little Inbox
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 04:58:11

    Who doesn’t love ice-cream? Recently I fall in love with frozen yogurt.

  39. sweetlife
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 05:55:13

    Thanks for the lavender link..ahh ice cream is perfect for our current hot temps. thanks for reminding me to pull out the ice cream maker


  40. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jun 07, 2011 @ 09:57:25

    Oh. My. The grand marnier one sounds too good to be true. You are such a clever girl to have used your Godiva bar.

  41. Elaine
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 00:28:53

    What a fun post! Your ice cream flavors sound so delicious. I have to admit that I made vanilla bean ice cream to christen my new ice cream maker, but I am ready to get adventurous. 🙂

  42. Mary
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 06:58:01

    That lavender vanilla ice cream sounds amazing! I don’t eat a lot of ice cream, but I do love to make it. My favourite flavour is roasted marshmallow.

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