Anytime is the right time for ICE CREAM! I love ice cream but I don’t like all the added ingredients I can’t pronounce in the store-bought brands. Being able to read a list of ingredients and know what they are is nice and homemade ice cream is just that. Customizing the amount of each ingredient for your needs is another awesome thing about homemade ice cream. Our family has their favorite flavors and Peanut Butter Ice Cream is one of them.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
The first time I tried making peanut butter ice cream, I followed the recipe in the book that came with my ice cream maker. It was good, but it didn’t have the little bites of peanut butter I was wanting. The next time, I used the base recipe I use for vanilla and chocolate ice creams. I didn’t mix up the peanut butter as much and the peanut butter cups I added was beaten down into small specks because I added them at the beginning. Still not what I was looking for.
I finally decided to hand mix everything before pouring it into the ice cream maker’s bowl. When I did this, I ended up with what I was wanting. Little bites of peanut butter in each spoonful, it was perfect!
Making homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream is easy. In fact, you probably have everything in your pantry and refrigerator right now. Peanut butter, sugar, milk, and heavy cream is really all you need. Vanilla does give it a nice flavor and the peanut butter cups gives it a nice little surprise with every bite.
Just a thought about vanilla. If you use pure vanilla wait until after the mixture has frozen before adding it. The alcohol works against the freezing and makes it a little harder to freeze. When you pour it in, let the machine keep mixing for about a minute or two. I can’t say what will happen if you use imitation vanilla because I only use my own homemade vanilla.
Just a thought about the peanut butter cups. If you want little chunks in each scoop, wait until the end to add them.
Just a thought about the ice cream mixture. While the book to my maker doesn’t tell you to chill the liquid back down after mixing everything together, my mom’s does. I tried it to see if there was a difference and the only thing I found was that the ice cream was a little harder than soft serve.
Peanut Butter Ice Cream
1 cup peanut butter (not natural)
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 ½ heavy cup cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped peanut butter cups (optional)
Directions: In a medium mixing bowl, mix peanut butter and sugar by hand until smooth. Add the milk and continue mixing until the sugar has dissolved and peanut butter has broken into little pieces. Stir in the cream. Cover and chill for up to 30 minutes in the freezer.
**Follow the directions for using your ice cream maker.**
When ready to make your ice cream, stir the mixture a little before pouring it into the maker bowl. Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the liquid into the bowl. Let mix until thickened about 15-20 minutes depending on your maker. This mixture will be a soft serve consistency, if you’re wanting a hard ice cream, pour the mixture into an airtight container and place in the freezer for about 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove from freezer 5-10 minutes before serving.