Friday, August 6, 2010

Frozen Friday!

This month's weekday theme is Frozen Friday. We have some great treats in store for everybody!

What is your favorite frozen treat?

I happened to use this theme as a great excuse for a new kitchen gadget. I have always had the Kitchen Aide Mixer but have only had the meat grinder attachment. Though it has come in handy after many hunting seasons, it is not near as much fun as an ice cream maker! Enter my new toy:

All you do is freeze the bowl overnight and attach it to the mixer! Just mix your favorite blend for ice cream, sorbet or sherbet! This week I thought I would try a mix of treats that would please my hubby.

For my ice cream concoction, I made a Lower Fat Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream. All I had to do was mix the dairy products, add the sugar and put it in the attachment. If you are adding any sort of fruit or cookie to the ice cream, Kitchen Aide recommends waiting until the last 5 minutes of the mixing process to add them.

The ice cream turned out to be pretty delicious. I will say there are a few changes I would have made. Since a low fat ice cream tends to have less of a creamy mouth feel, I would serve this directly out of the mixer as "soft serve" versus freezing it for your typical ice cream texture. Also, make sure you chop up the strawberries as small as possible. I might even go as far as to say they would be great if you spin them in your food processor. Since mine had bigger chunks, after the freezing process, it felt like you were eating strawberry ice!

Here are the stats of my recipe:

Taste: Seconds, Please! (If it is soft serve)

Waist: Tighten Your Belt A Notch! (If you stick to one, very satisfying 1/2 cup always helps to put smaller servings in smaller, cute dishes to disguise its size!)

Low Fat Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

½ cup sugar
½ cup Splenda
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
¾ cup fat free half and half
½ cup 1% milk
2 tbsp egg substitute
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped strawberries
4 oz fat free cream cheese, melted
Crushed Graham crackers (topping)

Mix all ingredients, except fruit, together. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. Pour into ice cream machine and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add strawberries in the last 5 minutes of mixing. Top with 1/2 tsp crushed low fat graham crackers. Enjoy!


  1. Whoa, I had no idea about that Kitchen Aid attachment! My boyfriend and I were thisclose to buying a full-blown ice cream maker, but I'd much rather just use my mixer. Thanks for sharing!

    This ice cream looks really yummy too - hard to believe it's low fat :)

  2. So now I have another Kitchen Aid wish item! There are too many attachments that I'm just dying to have. And what a cute picture of that sweet puppy. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I really enjoyed it! I think my next purchase will be the pasta maker even though there are many kitchen gadgets on my wish list! I would love to make fresh whole wheat pasta.

  4. My favorite frozen treat is a tie between frozen cookies and frozen yogurt.

  5. I like to use my ice cream maker, too!