I don't have an ice cream maker. Partly because I don't want to sacrifice the space in my cupboards, partly because I don't want to cough up the dough to buy one, and partly because I think that as a general rule of thumb small appliances that only do one thing and rarely get used are pointless hunks of junk.
I've tried making ice cream without an ice cream maker. Basically you mix the stuff together, and then spend the day going back to your freezer over and over again to stir the stuff up with a fork. I don't want to be chained to my freezer, I am a liberated woman! Sort of. But I digress....
Lately I've been making a much simpler version of ice cream that doesn't involve an ice cream maker and technically isn't ice cream at all. It's a frozen yogurt/sorbet like concoction that is simple and delicious.
Problem is, I can't give you the recipe.
I would if I could. But it's kind of a taste and trial sort of thing.
You will need:
- Some fruit, frozen (strawberries, bananas, mango, peaches, whatever!)
- some plain yogurt
- a lime or a pinch of salt (optional)
- some sugar or other sweetener (maybe)
- a food processor
You could easily avoid the use of sugar by using super-ripe, super-sweet fruits, especially bananas. Personally, I figure that even with a little bit of sugar this is far better for my family than anything I can find in my supermarkets freezer!
Move your frozen treat to a freezer safe sealed container and chill in freezer for at least 5 hours or until scoop-able and icecream-esque. Or however long you are able to wait!
If you try it, be sure to swing back and let me know what you think!