Food on Friday: Softly serving ice cream at home


By Julia Westhoff

I am somewhat obsessed with soft-serve ice cream. If I see it, I have to have it. Miami Ice, IKEA, Dairy Queen – if you sell soft-serve ice cream I will track you down. (Anyone out there have any favorites?)

You can imagine how delighted I was then, to discover this total hack for making soft-serve ice cream at home. I found this recipe in my current favorite cookbook, Genius Recipes from Food52. This cookbook has some tremendously simple ideas – it’s so wonderful I am thinking about actually buying a copy after I have to return this one to the library.

Now that it is finally starting to feel like summer, we have ice cream almost every night. I think it would be wonderful to try this with all sorts of different flavors. Now if I could just figure out Dilly Bars, I will be set for life…

Cheater Soft-Serve Ice Cream
From Genius Recipes

Soften 3 cups of vanilla ice cream. Whip ½ cup of heavy cream to soft peaks, then add a tablespoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and finish whisking the cream to stiff peaks. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the soft ice cream until well combined.

Scrape into a large, resealable freezer bag and freeze until soft serve-like and semi firm, about 4 hours.

When it’s time to serve, remove the bag from the freezer and, if necessary, knead the bag to soften the ice cream. Cut off a corner of the bag to pipe the ice cream into a cone or a bowl.