We have had our ice cream maker for about a year and a half. In that time we have tried a number of flavors: vanilla, coconut, pistachio, coffee, and more. We haven’t used the ice cream much in the last few months, as winter weather isn’t necessarily conducive to cold desserts. With the arrival of spring and temperatures finally above freezing, it seemed time to take the ice cream maker out of hibernation.
Ice cream is so versatile. Almost any flavoring can be added and a multitude of ingredients can be used as add-ins or toppings. However, last night a more simplistic ice cream was in mind. Not as simple as vanilla but not much more elaborate, peanut butter was the flavor of choice.
Of all the ice creams we’ve made, this ice cream is one of our favorites. The peanut butter flavor is intense. When eating this ice cream there is no question as to what flavor was chosen. Plus, it also has a fabulous texture without additional freezing. Taken directly from the ice cream maker it is a thick soft serve consistency, perfect for immediate eating.
I’m already contemplating whether to have another dish tonight. . .
- 1-1/8 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/4 cup whole milk
- 2 cups light cream
- 1-2 Tb. vanilla
- Combine peanut butter and sugar in a large bowl, mixing until smooth. Add milk and mix for 1-2 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir cream and vanilla into mixture, scraping sides to make sure all is combined.
- Turn on ice cream machine and slowly add mixture.
- Allow ice cream to process for 25-30 minutes, or until thickened.
- If you prefer a firmer consistency, transfer to a sealed container and freeze for 2 hours.