So this weekend, I finally got to try out the ice cream maker we found in the basement. (We were cleaning out the repository of junk left by former tenants in anticipation of the electronic recycling day they had at one of the local schools a month or so back. I saw this, quickly figured out what it was, ran upstairs to at least see if would work if I plugged it in, and it did! I'd never buy an ice cream maker, but I won't say no to a free one!)
What really amazes me is that this:
turns into this:
I decided on vanilla bean, because it's extremely versatile, and we already had a vanilla bean, so it's not like it would be a total waste if it didn't come together. (Heck, if nothing else, you can pass non-hardened vanilla ice cream off as creme anglaise...) I used this recipe from David Lebovitz. Heart healthy, it is not, but damn, is it good!
I ended up making this Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, because all good ice cream needs a delivery vehicle. All and all, it was a very satisfying experience, and I've definitely proved the ice cream maker works.