KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Review

KitchenaidIceCreamAttachmentI have to say that the ice cream maker was one KitchenAid mixer attachment that I was pretty excited about getting. I have always wanted to make my own ice cream but in the past I have only ever purchased those cheap versions that just never seem to work properly. For some inexplicable reason,  I could never get the mixture to actually turn into ice cream. So when the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment arrived I wanted to try it out right away.

Unfortunately however it wasn’t quite that simple, as you have to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours prior to use. So we immediately popped it into the freezer and waited until the next day to try it out.

This wasn’t such a bad thing really as it gave us time to check out the recipes in the instruction manual that comes with the attachment. And once we decided which recipe we wanted to try we headed out  to buy the ingredients we needed.

Now,  let’s get one thing clear straight up, if you are looking for healthy ice cream recipes then forget the recipes in this book. They are full of sugar and cream and other yummy ingredients and are absolutely divine and great tasting but more on that later.

What’s in the Box

This attachment will convert your KitchenAid stand mixer into an ice cream maker. How cool is that!?…(no pun intended). It comes with a freeze bowl which is pretty much the same size as your regular mixer bowl, a dasher which is the mixer blade and a drive assembly which allows you to attach the dasher to the mixer.

Will it Work With My Mixer?

This works with any KitchenAid stand mixer built after 1990. We use it on a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. You can create up to 1.9 litres of ice cream in this attachment. But not only that you can also make yogurt, gelato, sorbet and other frozen desserts. It’s important to note that if you have an  Australian model KitchenAid mixer then the US version of this attachment will not work for you. I’m not sure about other countries but I know that the Australian model requires a different drive assembly so ensure you purchase the Australian version of the ice cream attachment. You can buy it online from Peters of Kensington.

We have the Australian version because we have an Australian KitchenAid Stand mixer and we are not happy with the drive assembly which is completely different to the US version. Twice when we have been making ice cream the drive assembly has come loose while the mixing process is in progress. We are yet to see anyone complain about the US version of the drive assembly so we can only assume that it works without any problems so it appears to only be a problem with the Australian version as far as we can tell.

Our First Test

Triple Choc Ice Cream

Triple Choc Ice Cream

As we’ve already mentioned, to use the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment you need to first place the freeze bowl in the freezer. It’s actually easier just to store it in the freezer so you never have to wait. We left it for at least 24 hours and I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that they needed to leave it longer than the 15 hours KitchenAid recommends as the ice cream didn’t turn out as well. So to be safe it might be worth freezing for at least 24 hours particularly if your freezer is on a low setting or you live in a hot climate.

The next step was making the ice cream mixture. We decided on the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream and I’m so glad we did. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this turned out to be the best chocolate ice cream I have ever tasted. My mouth is watering now as I even think about it but I digress.

Now I suggest that when making ice cream for this KitchenAid mixer attachment that you give yourself plenty of time because not only do you have to freeze the bowl for at least 15 hours but you also have to chill the ice cream mixture for 8 hours. We should have read the recipe in full before even starting but it wasn’t until we made it and got to the end that we saw that we had to chill the mixture for 8 hours before churning. So really, what we should have done when we first received the ice cream attachment was to pop it in the freezer and then immediately make the ice cream mixture so that both could have been ready to go by the next day. Well you live and learn!

Once frozen you assemble the freeze bowl to the stand mixer and add the ice cream mix. Then set the mixer to ‘Stir’ and let it mix for 20 to 30 minutes or until your desired consistency. You can also add other ingredients like nuts, candy, chocolate chips etc. We tried adding chocolate chips during the churning time but that wasn’t the best move. The dasher hit a chocolate chip and proceeded to come loose from the drive assembly. Again this might have something to do with the Australian drive assembly as it just doesn’t sit in place properly so the slightest problem like hitting a chocolate chip causes it to disengage. In future we will simply hand stir in the chocolate chips before freezing.

This ice cream attachment makes soft consistency ice cream. However, if you prefer a firmer consistency you simply transfer the mixed ice cream to an air tight container and store in the freezer for up to 4 hours. Whatever you do, don’t store ice cream in the actual freeze bowl attachment in the freezer. What will happen is the ice cream will firm up and when you try to remove it with metal ice cream scoops or spoons you could easily damage the surface of the freezer bowl.

Our Final Word

We really like this KitchenAid attachment and even with it’s dodgy drive assembly fitting it is one we would recommend because it does actually make really good ice cream. The trick is to not leave it to mix on its own. If you watch as it churns you will be able to see if the drive assembly is about to come lose and turn off the machine to readjust it.

Where Can You Buy the KitchenAid Ice Cream Mixer Attachment?

We’ve bought most of our KitchenAid attachments from Amazon but unfortunately you cannot buy a US version of this attachment for an Australian mixer because they differ. We bought the Australian version from Peters of Kensington.

US readers can purchase the Ice cream maker attachment from Amazon


Photos of how we made the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream recipe that comes with the manual:

Melting the Chocolate

Melt the Chocolate

Heat the milk and cream

Heating the milk and cream

Combine the sugar and cocoa powder

Combine the sugar and cocoa powder

Separate the eggs

Separate the eggs

Reheat the cocoa mixture and half and half

Reheat the cocoa mixture and half and half

Triple Choc Ice Cream

Triple Choc ice cream – Yum oh

Triple Chocolate Ice Cream – Made with the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker

We recently purchased the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker to review for our beautiful KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, so naturally, we had to promptly set about trying out recipes from the manual that came with the ice cream maker.

Well! one that has become a firm favorite is the Triple Chocolate Ice Cream. This divinely decadent ice cream is not hard to make and the chocolate flavor just hits the taste buds with that overwhelming feeling of pure pleasure.

Ingredients:

  • 450 ml (2 cups) whipping cream – divided
  • 1 square 30g (1oz) extra dark chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1 square 30g (1oz)  dark chocolate cut into chunks
  • 450 ml (2 cups) half-and-half (milk and cream)
  • 230g (1 cup) sugar
  • 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 bar  50g (1.55oz) milk chocolate chopped

Directions:

  1. In small saucepan, place 120ml whipping cream, extra dark chocolate, and dark chocolate.
    Heat over medium-low heat until chocolate melts, stirring frequently.
    Remove from heat; set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half-and-half until very hot but not boiling, stirring often.
    Remove from heat, set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder. Set aside.
    Place egg yolks in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and wire whip to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and gradually add sugar mixture; mix about 30 seconds or until well blended and slightly thickened. Continuing on Speed 2, very gradually add chocolate mixture and half-and-half, mix until well blended.
  4. Return the combined chocolate and half-and-half mixture to medium saucepan, stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until small bubbles form around edge and mixture is steamy. Do not boil. Transfer half and half mixture into large bowl; stir in remaining 330ml (1 1/2 cups) whipping cream, vanilla and salt.
  5. Cover and chill thoroughly in the fridge for at least 8 hours.
  6. If using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment – Assemble and engage freeze bowl, dasher and drive assembly as directed in attachment instructions. Turn to STIR Speed (Speed  1)
  7. Using a container with a spout, pour mixture into freeze bowl. Continue on STIR (Speed 1) for 19 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency, adding milk chocolate during last 1 to 2 minutes of freeze time.  Immediately transfer ice cream into serving dishes, or freeze in an airtight container.

Yield: 16 servings  120ml (1/2 cup) per serving.

Trust me, this is one ice cream recipe that you will make over and over.  I have yet to move onto the other ice cream recipes which I can tell from the ingredients will be just as nice, but chocolate is my weakness.

Some of the other ice cream recipes included in the manual are:

  • French Vanilla which can be served simply as vanilla ice cream or used as base for variations such as Strawberry ice cream and Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream
  • Caramel Pecan ice cream
  • Gingerbread ice cream

And then there are the delicious Sorbet’s etc

  • Creamy Lemon-Orange Gelato
  • Fresh Raspberry Sorbet
  • Minted Mango Sherbet.

However, there is nothing to stop you being inventive and using your own favorite recipe.




Melt the Chocolate



Heat the milk and cream



Combine the sugar and cocoa powder



Separate the eggs



Mix and reheat the mixture



Freeze mixture. Then Serve & Enjoy


Review: Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment Review

kitchenaid-ice-cream-maker-attachmentFirst of all, to use the Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment you need to have a Kitchenaid stand mixer as this attachment is designed to only fit into one of these types of mixers. It is standard however so it will convert any of the Kitchenaid stand mixers into an ice cream maker.

To use this ice cream maker you need to first place the bowl in the freezer for at least 18-24 hours prior to use. The bowl has to be completely frozen otherwise it just won’t work. Now I don’t know about you, but when I want ice cream I don’t want to have to wait 24 hours before I can even start making it. Having said that however, you could just store the bowl in the freezer on a permanent basis so it is ready to go at a moments notice.

This ice cream attachment will make ice cream that is at a soft serve consistency so if you prefer your ice cream a little firmer you’ll probably find that you will have to place it in the freezer for an additional hour or two prior to serving.

Recommendation

The Kitchenaid Ice Cream Maker Attachment received mostly postive responses from reviewers on the internet. They loved that it was well constructed and so easy to use. Most importantly they said it made great ice cream. If you can get past the quirks mentioned above then this is a definite must have if you have a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

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