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I really do scream for ice cream – and sorbet, and fro-yo, icy treats are my jam year-round. If I could survive on just that, I would most definitely try. I’ve made strawberry ice cream, even bribing a girlfriend that if she came back from Prescott with pine needles (I wanted to use them for garden bed mulch) I would give her a quart of my home made creation! She couldn’t pass that up and she took home amazing friend award!
The Breville Smart Scoop is the first ice cream maker to automatically sense the hardness of the mixture based on your selection and keeps it ready until it’s time to serve. I love it because I tried to make ice cream before in a different maker but it’s too soft that I then had to freeze it and wait which is not pleasant when you want it right after you made it. With this compressor ice cream machine you can serve up soft-serve, sorbet, ice cream, gelato, you decide!
There are 12 hardness settings with pre-sets and it pre-cools itself for the right temperature keeping the ice-cream cool for up to three hours after you make it. I love that I don’t have to pre-freeze this, like most ice cream makers you have to leave the bucket in a freezer and it takes up room!
There was a time when I was an ice cream making machine myself, I bought a dozen plastic quarts from Amazon for my cold treat creations which also make thoughtful gifts by the way – even for dinner parties or hostess gifts. I think I’m onto something, maybe even gifts for guests after parties!
And let’s face it – if you’re on a health mission and want to do away with the extras with store-bought ice cream or sorbets, making your own is your best bet.
Sometimes I favor a mix between fro-yo and a frosty like consistency – but you can take your pick and the machine will magically help you get there!
I made ginger peach sorbet from Oprah Winfrey’s cook book because I’m a peach lover – I love all stone fruits – and the recipe only called for 6 ingredients and one of them was water. I’m laughing because you know that makes for the ideal recipe for me to do it. Another ingredient was sugar, and that’s just peachy if you ask me – easy peasy peachy recipe. It was effortless – just blend all the ingredients and pour it in the ice cream machine.
Then the ice cream machine does the rest. The Smart Scoop holds up to 1.5 quarts of ice cream and has a pretty LED display and transparent lid with a large opening for add-ins (like sliced strawberries or fruit that needs to be added half way through churning process).
There were 5 sorbet recipes in her book, all which I want to try – like the coconut lime sorbet and banana sorbet – dreaming of a sorbet party next. Oprah’s cook book is packed with healthy and easy recipes – recipes shared created by Oprah’s favorite chefs!
If you make your own ice cream I’d love it if you’d share some of your recipes with me! And if you have a recipe for rainbow sorbet, let me know that’s one of my favorites from childhood.
Photography by Julianne Marie Photography.