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Apple Pie Kefir Ice Cream

Apple Pie Kefir Ice Cream

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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Serves: 8

Description

This past Thursday was my older child's first day of school. To celebrate, we went out for ice cream. As we walked from the car, we discussed what flavor he might like to have. His response was "pear!" I wasn't confident they would have such a gourmet flavor, so I mentioned that we could make our own pear ice cream sometime (though I'd never done it before!).

On the way back to the car, after he'd enjoyed his scoop of mint chocolate chip and I my cookies 'n cream, we bought a 2 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker at Williams-Sonoma (which happened to be right where our car was parked - convenient!).

When we got home, I immediately opened the box, washed the mixing bowl and put it in the freezer (it's filled with a fluid and needs to freeze completely before you can make your frozen treats).

The next day, I decided to just go for it. But I did not have any pears. I examined my refrigerator and freezer and discovered: 1 bottle of vanilla low-fat kefir, 4 organic gala apples and some frozen all natural pie crust. So I decided to make: Apple Pie Kefir Ice Cream! My family LOVED it.

Once completely frozen, it becomes quite hard, so if you plan to freeze and serve it another day, allow it to thaw for 5 minutes before serving, or make these into popsicles!

Preparation

1. Keep the ice cream maker's mixing bowl in the freezer until the last second before you use it.
2. Peel, core and dice the apples. In a saucepan, melt some butter and add the apples, brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer, occasionally stirring, until the apples are soft. Taste test to ensure the seasoning is as you like it. Let cool to room temperature.
3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the pie crust on a cookie sheet and bake until golden brown. Remove and let cool to room temperature.
4. Strain the apple mixture and place it in a large bowl. Add the milk, kefir, granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Taste test to see if you need to add more cinnamon or nutmeg. Mix this all together.
5. Remove the ice cream maker's mixing bowl from the freezer and put it in the ice cream machine. Put your ice cream mixture in the bowl, put the mixing arm in and the top on. Run until the mixture thickens (about 30 minutes).
6. Break up the pie crust and scatter it at the bottom of a plastic storage container. Scoop the ice cream out of the mixing bowl and put on top of the crust. Smooth the top and put the covered container into the freezer until you want to serve it.
7. When you serve it, don't forget to scoop some crust from the bottom!

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Theresa111
11/13/09

star_onstar_onstar_onstar_onstar_onTheresa111 says:

Sounds really inventive and scrumptious. I am a huge fan of ice cream. I just might use my ice cream maker, I have the same one, for Thanksgiving, with the exception that I will most likely scoop a large portion for the real apple pie. A la mode, for sure!

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