If you want to enjoy homemade frozen desserts whenever the craving arises, whip out the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment for your KitchenAid mixer. The maker can prepare up to 2 qts. of homemade ice cream, sorbet, gelato and other fresh and creamy frozen treats in 20 to 30 minutes. You can experiment and make your own unique flavors.
Set your freezer to the coldest setting. Place the KitchenAid freeze bowl in the freezer for a minimum of 15 hours and use the bowl immediately upon removal from the freezer, as it thaws quickly.
Turn the stand mixer to off and unplug the mixer from the electrical outlet.
Remove the mixing bowl. Place the dasher inside the freeze bowl and secure the freeze bowl on mixer. Some tilt-head models will require an adapter ring. For a bowl-lift model, if the bowl pin is too short or too long to snap into the spring latch, remove and rotate the bowl so the opposite bowl pin faces the spring latch.
Slip the drive assembly onto the motor head and press upward until it is securely in place. For a tilt-model, lower the motor head completely and place the locking lever in the lock position. For a bowl-model raise the bowl.
Plug the mixer in. Set the mixer to "stir" speed and pour the ice cream or other frozen treat batter into the freeze bowl. Mix 20 to 30 minutes or to desired consistency. Add any solid ingredients such as chocolate chips or nuts 12 to 15 minutes into the mixing process. If the dasher begins to slip and make a clicking noise, this is an indicator that the ice cream is done. Remove the dasher and the freeze bowl and transfer the ice cream with a rubber spatula to dessert dishes or to an airtight container for storage.
For a firmer consistency, store ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer two to four hours before serving.
Do not store the ice cream in the freeze bowl in the freezer. Scooping hard ice cream out with a metal ice cream scooper or other utensil may damage the bowl.
Lorie Bzdel began writing a cooking blog in 2010. She attended the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, obtaining a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and in human resource management.