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By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives

An ice cream maker is one of those kitchen devices I'd never have bought for myself: bulky, a chore to clean and good for only one thing. Plus, you can buy some pretty fine ice cream at the supermarket, so why bother making it at home?

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Black licorice ice cream: you'll either love it or hate it.
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Yet when my dad asked my sister and me if either of us wanted his, barely used, we both jumped at it and had to flip a coin. I won, and that summer I made a coffee ice cream (my favourite flavour) that my husband still talks about. But when you make it from scratch there's no ignoring why the stuff tastes so good: cream, whole milk and egg yolks. So, mindful of the calories, I often turned to fruit sorbets instead, using whatever was cheap at my local market.

But eventually the machine, an electric model with a grating motor, was pushed back to a dusty corner under the sink. It came out only once last year, to make a strawberry frozen yogurt that turned out quite well (thanks to CJ at the Food for Thought blog). With the days growing longer, my thoughts are turning to the simple pleasures of summer days that will soon be upon us. I'm planning to pull out the machine once again, and though I've got some good recipe sources, I'm always on the lookout for new flavours.

Do you have a favourite recipe for homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet?

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