Gone are the days of manually whisking a frozen bowl every two hours or worrying about nasty preservatives or additives. The KitchenAid ice-cream attachment not only looks good but is really easy-to-use. It can be a hit at children’s parties, spice up cocktail gatherings or even just be used to serve up a treat on a hot summer’s day.
As appliances go, it can become a bit overwhelming to get your head around all the bits and bobs. However, in this case, the road to delicious, home-made ice-cream success, is paved with these helpful tips.
Just like anything else, it’s good to know the basics and what you have to work with. It’s important to know what this KitchenAid ice-cream attachment comprises of:
- Bowl – This unique, double walled unit, houses a liquid, which helps to evenly freeze the mixture when churning. And, in order for your gelato to knock your socks off, this part of the attachment needs to be frozen.
- Dasher – To ensure that your mixture is steadily freezing, this part scrapes, spreads and mixes the batter in the frozen bowl. It’s specifically designed to not leave any bits behind like with standard KitchenAid beaters or machine whisks.
- Motor head extender – This piece is meant to work in conjunction with the dasher. As the fitting cannot be accommodated on the original motor, this piece slides in easily to ensure constant contact between the elements.
Method for Results
Whether you’ve purchased this attachment already or are just thinking about it, knowing how to run it and become the master of ice-cream in your social circle is easy. So, in order to do so, you simply need to follow these guidelines.
- Prep work – Making your ice-cream should start a day before by simply putting the bowl in the freezer for at least 15 hours. The unit is lined with liquid which needs to freeze in order to churn properly.
- Batter – Whether you’re making sorbet, frozen yoghurt or ice-cream, the mixture requires to be cooked, heated or dissolved over heat, specified in your recipe. Once done, it needs to be completely cooled down before adding to the machine.
- Assembling – The three parts of the attachment fit perfectly onto the base, inside the bowl and on the motor head itself. Ensure that your stand mixer is plugged in and the pieces are connected properly before commencing.
The Final Phase
Once those three steps are accomplished, it’s time for the magic to happen by pouring the cooled batter into the frozen bowl. Take note, the dasher should be churning on the first setting while you pour the entire mixture in at once. Doing so ensures clean, even freezing and a creamy consistency.
The mixing should take approximately 20minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the dasher begins slipping inside the bowl and the batter has turned into a soft serve consistency. From here, it’s ready to be dished for guests, or packed into an air tight container for further freezing.
Whether you like your ice-cream with sprinkles, in a cone or simply in a bowl, there’s no denying the satisfaction in making your own delicious flavours. If you want to contribute your ideas or see what others are doing with their KitchenAid ice-cream attachments, enter the #MySummerScoop competition – you could win the KitchenAid mixer, valued at R7,990.