knickerbocker glory A Knickerbocker Glory is a great treat and you don't have to be in an ice cream parlor to enjoy one. Make yours at home like I did in the photo.

Vanilla ice cream can be made in different ways and using a different combination of ingredients. This is my easy vanilla recipe (no custard base required).

Cream - Ice Cream Key Ingredient

Cream – one of the two words that make up ‘Ice Cream’ - represents all that’s truly delicious and luxurious about ice cream. In my view, cream lies at the very heart of the best homemade ice cream for it lends both a taste and texture to ice cream that defies words! In truth it’s the butterfat content in cream that is the special ingredient.

Most of us try to watch the calories when choosing ingredients for cooking or baking and ice cream is no exception. The higher the butterfat content of the cream, the higher the calories but the better the taste and texture of the ice cream you make.

Here’s a basic guideline when looking to choose the cream you use in your next ice cream recipe:

Heavy cream (double cream)
This has the highest butterfat content - over 1/3

Light cream (single cream)
This has a lower content – around 1/5th to 1/3

One way to enjoy heavy cream in a recipe whilst watching the calories is to use 1/3 or ½ of the quantity the recipe suggests and balance it up with extra milk.

If you're interested in reading about cream in ice cream, then chances are that this additional information might be of help: making homemade ice cream ~ storing ~ measuring guide

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