Ok, maybe I should have said slow cooker bourbon vanilla ice cream base. Or slow cooker custard for ice cream. But I got your attention didn’t I? And read on, because of course you’ll need your freezer, but this is the easiest “proper” ice cream you will ever, ever make!
So you know how you’re browsing Pinterest and you see this mouth-wateringly amazing looking ice cream? Or you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed and words like creamy, rich, glorious ice cream spring up at you? Then you open up the link and see the dreaded ingredient… eggs. Which means custard, which means warming up stuff and pouring it into the eggs and praying that you don’t see white bits floating around. Then it means standing over the stove for what feels like hours till you see the mixture coating the back of the bloody spoon… Well, the word “eggs” doesn’t have to mean these things anymore. Now eggs are first on your shopping list, just so you can whip up some custard, whether you freeze it afterwards or not. Because as you know custard is fabulous poured over apple pie. All you need is a slow cooker and a pudding basin. You’re welcome.
Slow cookers cook at low temperatures. I think we all know this by now. Which means they are kinder on our over-sensitive eggs. A slow cooker won’t shock an egg into a curdled scrambled mess. It will cook it gently, without our constant attention, into a silky, gorgeous, thick, yummy custard (crème anglaise). I am very proud of my brain for making this leap. I’ve already made chocolate custard in the slow cooker for this pie, but it didn’t dawn on me until a few days ago that hey, proper ice cream is made with a custard base. So why not? And here we are. Slow cooker ice cream. I even googled it and I can’t see anything similar… Could I really be the first? I’m sure I’m not, but it feels good to have an idea and not find that another twenty people have blogged about it before me.
So here we have a classic vanilla flavour, which I jazzed up by using homemade bourbon vanilla essence. Due to the large quantity you do get a very slight hint of the bourbon, but if you don’t want that just use regular vanilla. I was going to try using a bean, but discovered my beans had gone mouldy so it was a no-go. I can’t talk much about that, I’m still getting over it…
So there you go. The easiest way to make “proper” ice cream with eggs, is by using your crockpot. Because other easy, eggless ice creams are great, like this peanut butter one, or this lemon cheesecake one, but sometimes you want, need even, the real thing.