Homemade ice cream can be quite a project. Most recipes call for a custard base, which requires careful heating, cooling and whisking before you pour your ingredients into an ice cream maker. An easier way to make ice cream is to use Jell-O pudding mix as a base. The powdered pudding contains thickeners, which will stabilize your ice cream without meticulous kitchen chemistry. The result will be a thick, sweet and creamy dessert that will impress your friends and family.
Prepare your tools and ingredients. Read the manufacturer's instructions for your ice cream maker. You may need to chill the bowl for several hours before you make ice cream. Put milk in the fridge for a few hours to chill.
Whisk together milk, sugar, vanilla extract and pudding mix in a large bowl. Continue mixing until the liquid is smooth and free of lumps. Pudding mix is already sweet, so add sugar gradually to avoid an overly saccharine dessert.
Pour the pudding mixture into the ice-cream maker bowl and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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Ice cream maker
Experiment with flavor combinations. Match coffee extract with chocolate pudding or orange extract with vanilla pudding.
Combine ingredients in a blender and add pieces of frozen banana for a creamy, nutritious ice cream.
Use sugar-free pudding mix for a healthier dessert.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, simply pour the mixture into a large, shallow pan. Stir the ice cream several times over a few hours to break up ice crystals.
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.