Introduction: Yummy Bailey's Irish Cream Ice Cream

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This is an easy way to make a delicious ice cream! Since it contains alcohol, it's not for kids, but a great treat for adults!

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 20-25 minutes to chill all the ingredients, 25 minutes mixing time, and 2 hours to set. We used a Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker, but the recipe should work with any ice cream maker.

2 Cups of Heavy Cream
1 Cup Whole Milk
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Shots Bailey's Irish Cream

Step 1: Measure and Prepare Ingredients

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Gather all ingredients, and measure them to the proper amount. Put them in the freezer for 20-25 minutes so they are well chilled.

We store our ice cream bowl in the freezer, but if you don't, make sure it is placed in to freeze with the rest of the ingredients. The key to good ice cream is a bowl that is well frozen!

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

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Once everything is well chilled, in a medium bowl, mix the cream, milk, and sugar. Using a small hand mixer or wire whisk beat ingredients until sugar is dissolved.

Note: Leave the Baily's in the freezer for now, because alcohol doesn't freeze we don't want to add that until the very end.

Step 3: Assemble Your Ice Cream Maker

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Take the bowl out of the freezer, put your ice cream maker together, and plug it in.

Step 4: Making the Liquid Solid

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The most important step here is to turn the ice cream maker on before you begin to pour the mixture in!

Once the bowl is turning, pour the ingredients you combined in the small bowl into the ice cream maker. Use a rubber scrapper to get all of the mixture.

Step 5: Wait...

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Now you can sit back and wait about 20 minutes for the machine to do it's magic!

Step 6: Add the Bailey's

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After about 20 minutes, when the ice cream is nice and thick, add the two shots of Bailey's, while the machine is still mixing. Continue to let the machine mix for another 5 minutes.

Step 7: Storing You Ice Cream

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Once the ice cream has mixed for 25 minutes, turn off the machine, and disassemble. Transfer the mixture into a plastic container, and freeze for 2 hours to allow it to settle and firm.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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Dish yourself up a nice bowl of ice cream, or scoop it onto an ice cream cone and enjoy the creamy, frosty, goodness!

Step 9: Please Comment!

Please comment! This is an assignment in Pedagogy II at Marlboro College Graduate Center's Teaching with Technology Master's Program as part of a unit on what makes instructional technology attractive to online users.


sandycook (author)2016-01-28

Thanks. Looking forward to trying the recipe.

trevor.williams.7796 (author)2015-02-09

Fantastic Recipe Thank You

Lady Penelope (author)2014-08-23

Stop moaning about kitchen clutter and just make the ice cream - it's absolutely delicious.

Beergnome (author)2011-03-26

my suggestion for folks whow dont have counter top ice cream machines is to buy one off season on clearance when they can be had for under $20.


I must also add.. if folks are worried about children getting into the stuff and its adults only? Well.. the alcohol content is so light, and its heavily Diffused with all the cream that it really wouldn't have an effect.

also.. the alcohol is detremental to the over all effect. the booze is working as anti-freeze when yer trying to "ripen" the Ice cream. in the into picture of the final product, it looks flaky, like you had kinda.. shave it off the freezer bowl.

what I would do.. and feel free to tell me to take a hike if you want... instead of two shots added directly, take four.. or five shots of the stuff, place in a sauce pan and simmer it down to reduce. a little over 120F will evaporate the alcohol out, and not scorch the cream liqueur. you'll remove the booze ( I know, boo!) and make a more freezable product.

freezing the ice cream is the first stage, but ice cream doesn't... "work" unless you can ripen it.
I developed my ice cream recipe for the brew pubs stout porter ice cream with this very machine on my counter top. scaled up the recipe for a 6 quart electric machine for use in the pub. the regular ice cream recipe is a straight forward vanilla custard, the booze part, for a quart size recipe takes four ounces of porter, with two tablespoons of honey to make a two ounce reduction. and add as you do when the custard starts to set in the machine.

sasrf (author)2011-02-21

Any workable options for those who don't own ice-cream makers ??
Otherwise, easy to follow instructions & pictures !!

TheScarlett (author)2010-07-27

I think the background clutter in the photos makes the presentation look less organized and thus makes the product less appealing. Perhaps if you had only the necessary ingredients out it would help the reader focus on the details of the assembly better. That said, I appreciate the fact that you added the pictures and included vital information like making sure that the machine is turned on before added the chilled ingredients. I'm also wondering if one could substitute amaretto or Grand Marnier or maybe one of the Godiva flavors for the Bailey's (which you misspelled in step 2). I make micro-batches of ice cream twice a week and I'll definitely give this a try!

bFusion (author)2010-03-18

A tip for this model of ice cream maker: I've found that things tend to freeze better if you cover the top hole. I'm assuming it's because less cold leaks out while it's spinning around. I usually cover the top with a paper towel and then a few books. Doing this also reduces the noise from vibration, but not a whole lot.

swords45 (author)2010-03-08

i have that ice cream maker

bFusion (author)swords452010-03-18

I do too, I'm a fan of it :D

Glockenator (author)2010-03-09


Tool Using Animal (author)2009-01-18

Since you asked for comments please don't be offended, here goes.

The instructional part is fine, but the photography is blurry, busy and poorly lit. I'd suggest a tripod and a simple light tent. Not every shot need be done in the tent, just the intro, imagine how much better that bowl of ice cream would look isolated in a white background. Also using Flash just is a BAD thing. At the least use a free program like "GIMP" and do an auto level on the pics to improve them, but focus is probably the most important thing in these photos.

I just did a quick shoot, which do you think is more appealing? The one shot on the counter with flash or the one shot in the light box?

yeah, I like the one on the counter for two reasons: 1. it looks like it looks on my counter. 2. I can get an idea of size, orientation, etc. (let's assume we're talking about more than a pepper). One of the things I like about Instructables is their inherent amateur-ness. :D If you want to be more professional though, knock yourself out.

Sorry but the one on the counter looks much more appealing lol I know what you're getting at though.

Yeah I didn't bother to color balance it, ~shrug~

The one on the counter...with the light tent the color appears off.

jimmiek (author)2009-09-10

I like the recipe ...... now if I can just get the wife to part with her bottle of Baileys ..... and as far as the criticisms about clutter ..... I like the clutter, it makes it look like someone is making it in a kitchen, not in a laboratory ....... keep the clutter!

Mandrew (author)2009-08-31

Since beer and wine will freeze in a standard household freezer 4-15% usually find it hard to believe that 3oz of baileys at 17% spread throughout three cups of milk and cream would make it fail to freeze. No matter what there will be small bits of alcohol in the ice cream. If you can get an ice cream maker that lowers the temperature of the mix to 26.95c you could make ice vodka, straight from vodka, or any other 40%/80proof alcohol.

jophia (author)2009-08-14

as you mentioned, alcohol will not be frozen. if i cannot finish the ice cream, will it be freeze in the freezer?

wearingpink (author)2009-07-25

Is that enough Bailey's to give it a decently strong flavor? Also, an ice cream machine could be replaced with the hand made kind right? (coffee can with ice and salt, and mix inside a plastic bag in the middle; then this gets rolled around the floor to mix it up)

rawknexstuff (author)2009-06-10

Are you able to make it without the alcohol?

w0ot! (author)rawknexstuff2009-06-11

Gently warm the Bailey's in a small pan to 175°F and the alcohol will evaporate.

rawknexstuff (author)w0ot!2009-06-11

Cool! Thanks!

w0ot! (author)2009-06-11

Rather contrived dontcha think? I love Bailey's and so simply pour some over and mix into my favorite ice cream. BTW, I'm lactose intolerant & pour a little lactase enzyme on anything I eat that contains milk sugar.

cab1952 (author)2009-01-21

Good instructions and the information that it was not for children because of the alcohol content. Too much clutter around. Lighting was not good and the final picture looked more like a bowl of mashed potatoes and not ice cream to me. Was it good?

jrhart12345 (author)2009-01-19

Wow, great job! This appears to be another very cool on line tool for bringing content to life. I like your use of photos although I think the last one should show you enjoying your yummy creation! A few suggestions to think about related to your instructions. Keep in mind that perhaps it's only my simple mind that would have these thoughts but here you go...1.) Prep time - It would be great to see a total prep time and then the break down of how long each step takes. 2.) Step One tells me to put all the ingredients in the freezer. Do I really put them directly in the freezer or should I combine them in a bowl and place the bowl with the ingredients in the freezer? 3.) I had to sign up for instructables before I could comment and then log out and log back in to get to here. 4.) I really like how you level set at the outset that this recipe contains alcohol and is not intended for consumption by children. 5.) It would be great to be able to comment after each instruction instead of having to wait until the end of the recipe(I know I'm demanding:)) 6.) As always, very thorough in your work effort! Good job!

Gwen248 (author)2009-01-19

I think the steps/instructions are very clear. And I want some of your ice cream NOW! However, your initial photo should show the ice cream "ready to be eaten" -- and most people don't have their bowl of ice cream sitting on the stove top! It needs more snaz! Since the ice cream itself is white, how about putting it in a pretty-colored bowl, something less 'serious' than black (after all, eating it is supposed to be FUN, right?), and have the bowl sitting on another colorful placemat. Pull the shot back just a little so we get the sense of wanting to sit down at that pretty place setting and diving into the yummy ice cream! This is your important shot, so grab our attention, make our mouths water, and make sure it's your most visually appealing photo in the set. (So I'm actually disagreeing with Tool Using Animal -- I think a shot in context is much more appealing than a light-box one...) As for all the other shots, I agree that you need to clear out the distracting backgrounds in many of them -- they detract from the presentation. Nice job!

inthesunattc (author)2009-01-19

Looks like a good ice cream if one likes Bailey's. Easy to follow directions and the pictures help one to understand what they would be making. I also do not have an ice cream maker so will not be one to try this. A little less clutter when taking pictures would have helped with the over all presentation..

victorialand (author)2009-01-19

I really like how easy it is to follow the recipe - the photos and text were nicely done. Although I don't have an ice cream maker and I am on a diet I think I will be sure to search instructables for other helpful posts and recipes.

icecreamexpert (author)2009-01-19

Looks great and an awesome concept, booze in my food!!! What’s next, hash in my brownies? Here are my suggestions: 1) Are there any ingredient substitutes for those folks who are say lactose intolerant? 2) Some of the images are deceiving, at first I thought you were making some kind of Mexican fried ice cream based on the image of the bowl on the cook top stove. 3) The NY Yankees logo in the background brings down the quality of your presentation, Go Sox!!

brydencar (author)2009-01-19

Hey, Hey, Hey! Presentation could of been better planned, getting rid of some background mess would make a huge difference. The steps are very easy to follow and to the point. Looking forward to whipping up a batch.

canida (author)2009-01-18

The ice cream sounds great! I'd probably also add some raspberries (or fruit of your choice), as they go well with Bailey's. As TUA said, a good intro image can go a long way to making people excited to read your tutorial. The bar is lower for the "in process" pictures, but a compelling introduction is key.

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