When I got mine last summer I was pregnant, so I used recipes that called for making a custard first which entails cooking the eggs. Then this is cooled and used along w/ extras for the maker.<br>
The KA is pretty good. It's the only maker I've ever used though. I got it to lessen the amount of gizzmos in my already full kitchen. I keep it ready to go in our basement deep freeze. One thing is, though, that the mixer has to be on when you pour in your IC liquids and it can be pretty messy trying to pour it in like this.<br>
Our ice cream has always been wonderful!
Well if you give it a try, let us know how it goes. I got DH one for Christmas and it's still in the box. It was great in theory. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
I Looooooooooove mine! I also got The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and the recipes are really great and all include first cooking the eggs. Some recipes call for no eggs (Philadelphia Style), but aren't very creamy in my opinion. But yeah, the ice cream maker is so awesome. I've had a Cuisinart and it whipped so much air into the mix that the ice cream was fluffy instead of rich and creamy. Plus, the Cuisinart never seemed to stay cold long enough, so the ice cream was barely soft serve. The KA ice cream bowl has thick walls so it stays cold a long time and freezes the ice cream very fast, making for less airy ice cream. My only complaint is that it can be tricky to stir in the add ins like chocolate chips or nuts, because they tend to jam up the machine. In this case, I would simply hand-stir them in before the ice cream goes into the freezer. I think you'll be pretty happy with it!