For ice cream!
A few weeks ago, I splurged and bought myself an ice cream maker:
I love ice cream, so my new ice cream maker quickly became my favourite kitchen gadget. I use it almost daily, mainly for making frozen yoghurt, but occasionally, my kids pester me for the real thing.
I've tried lots of ice cream recipes with all sorts of ingredients. I've cooked custards, whipped cream, and faffed about with quite a few so-so recipes. It was out of desperation that I discovered the best vanilla ice cream recipe ever.
I was digging about in the cupboard looking for something sweet when I found a can of condensed milk. To this I added 300ml of double cream (heavy whipping cream for those of you in the US) and 300ml of single cream (I believe this is similar to half-and-half). I whisked the lot together with a bit of vanilla paste (you can easily use extract), popped it into the ice cream maker, and thirty minutes later had the best ice cream I've ever tasted.
This recipe makes a great base for other ice creams, too. Tonight, we're having it with crushed Oreos. My poor waistline!