When I was 6 my grandfather bought my grandmother an ice cream maker for Mother’s Day. It was a bulky wooden barrel with a metal crank that made a barely audible scraping noise while my grandfather turned it. I remember watching my grandmother mix the cream, vanilla and raspberries, all the while confused why anyone would make ice cream when they could buy it in the shops. My skepticism was quickly dismissed when her gentle whisking of the ingredients released the sweetest aroma of vanilla and raspberry twirling in her mixing bowl and then again when she poured the batter into her new ice cream maker. Watching my grandfather turn the crank around the world and back again, was painful, especially for him as I must have asked “Is it done yet?” with each turn of his crank. Finally the dry ice and my grandfather’s relentless turning created an ice cream that turned me into the ice cream snob I am today. Ice cream should be rich, filling and melt ever so slowly, and oddly enough, …..I simply won’t eat ice cream unless I can use a fork (yes, I have a few peculiar habits, that is only the tip of the iceberg darlings).
This Mother’s Day we are reliving this memory 2012 style, with ice cream made in around 10 minutes that you can eat with a fork (oh Hamilton Beach you have given me a fabulous Mother’s Day present, thank you!). And with any luck, my memory of those sweet vanilla berries will become my children’s memory, and together we can turn Mother’s Day ice cream into a family tradition.
- 2 Cups of Organic Half and Half
- 1 Cup of Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 Cup of Organic Sugar
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup of Chopped Fresh Organic Raspberries
- Combine the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the berries muddled into the cream. Place contents into an ice cream maker, and serve once frozen. Or, if you are not using an ice cream maker, place the contents into a freezer safe sealed container and allow to rest for 2 hours before returning to stir the contents. Repeat the setting and stirring process until your ice cream is ready for serving.
- Feeling adventurous? Add a few sprigs of fresh mint to your bowl before serving, trust me, it is divine!
The vanilla base recipe is courtesy of Hamilton Beach | housewifebliss.com | 2012
For more great ways to spoil your mother this Mother’s day, visit some of my favorite blogs for a Mother’s Day #HolidayHQ, and then join us tonight for a Mother’s Day special #HolidayHQ at 8pm EST. We are giving away a Hamilton Beach Blender and Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker.
Hamilton Beach has not compensated me for this blog post or for the #HolidayHQ tweet chat.