For loyal readers of y blog, you know that I have a love affair with specialty appliances. I have a professional ice shave machine, cotton candy machine, a compression freezer ice cream machine and a freezer bowl version, a frozen plate ice cream machine to make rolled ice cream, waffle irons galore, and now, an at-home compression freezer soft serve machine.
I received this as a gift from my husband four our 15 year anniversary (since we started dating- married 9 years this summer!). Clearly he knows me well! Why is this machine special? Same as my ice cream machine, it has a freezing unit built-in to the marine, so no bowls to freeze. Unlike the ice cream machine, this freezes at a lower temperature and whips a great deal of air into the soft serve (called over-run in the industry) which lets you achieve the correct soft serves consistency- frozen quickly, no large crystals, super fluffy.
You can buy mixes for this machine, and develop your own recipes. Since soft serve thaws so quickly, you need a stabilizer, like nonfat dry milk powder which you can find in your grocery store. Xanthum gum is another option and can be ordered from amazon. This is a very basic vanilla soft serve recipe but I will be expanding on this with experimental flavors soon!
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/4 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
Ice Cream Depot Soft Serve Machine SX1000
Add all the ingredients to a blender and process for 1 minute, until the sugar and nonfat milk powder is completely dissolved.
Pour into the hopper of you soft serve machine and process for 16 minutes. Dispense and Enjoy!