There’s been a new addition to the ModernDomestic household. A new friend has come to stay – one that, I think, will greatly improve my personal and culinary life.
Say hello to my little bundle of joy.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – she’s being such a domestic hypocrite! I’ve railed against ice cream makers in the past – I called them “the height of appliance extravagance.” How can she possibly welcome such a thing into her home?
Well . . . I’ve changed my mind. But I have good reasons! Hear me out.
First of all, that experience I had making ice cream in a plastic bag really brought home the value of a good ice cream maker. Yes, technically what I made was ice cream, but it didn’t have the creamy texture that I wanted. Placing a bag of custard in a salt water/ice mix and massaging the bag until the custard froze worked, technically, but it was messy, splashy, inefficient, and an all-around pain.
Secondly, since I now live alone, I no longer worry about offending anyone with my excess of kitchen appliances. I’m not afraid to take up kitchen counter space with kitchen tools. These days, I welcome new appliances into my life. Hell, I may even ask for a Cuisinart for Christmas, counter space be damned.
And finally, and perhaps most importantly, my parents gave me this Donvier free of charge. It used to be my grandmother’s, and after it passed along to my parents they never used it. Who turns down a free ice cream maker?
I took it out for a test run this weekend, and the results were excellent. The Donvier may be a low-tech, hand cranked machine, but it makes a mean batch of ice cream. I used David Lebovitz’s vanilla ice cream recipe, and the results could have gone head to head with Ben and Jerry’s any day. The recipe calls for no less than five egg yolks, and the resulting ice cream is creamy and silky, without feeling heavy. I used a Tahitian vanilla bean to flavor the ice cream base – and the flavor was so subtle and layered, it was as if I had never tasted vanilla before. I served the ice cream over an apple tart tatin that was . . . well, let’s just say the ice cream was great and leave it at that.
So welcome, little Donvier. I’ve opened a space for you in my heart and my kitchen. Just don’t think I’ll ever love you as much as the Kitchen Aid Mixer.
Get this fabulous vanilla ice cream recipe over at David Lebovitz’s blog.