What milk do you use to make ice cream?

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Date created: Tue, Mar 30, 2021 4:04 PM
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A variety of milk products can be used: cream, whole milk, condensed milk and instant skim-milk powder. The recipes stated below proved satisfactory using whipping cream (32-35% fat), table cream (18% fat) and whole milk. The fat gives the product richness, smoothness and flavour.

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Do you have to use whole milk to make ice cream? Don’t worry too much if you don’t have whole milk or heavy cream. Nearly any milk will work, and you can substitute half-and-half for the cream. Ideally you want ingredients with a high fat content because these will create a creamy texture when cooled.

Whole-milk powders will give the ice milk more richness, but low-fat and nonfat powders will keep it light; use whichever you prefer. My version also makes use of lightly toasted sugar to add a hint of caramel complexity while muting the sugar's sweetness. For a batch this size, a quick, 30-minute toasting is all it takes to transform the sugar.

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