I am dying to try this recipe! The only problem is that I do not have an ice cream maker. Is it really necessary to have one, or will I be able to do without it?
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I have found that in order to achieve the right texture, you have to make ice cream in an ice cream maker. Cuisinart makes one for around $50 dollars and let me tell you it will be worth every penny.
I have found that using the no ice cream machine vanilla from Serious Eats NY you can get a great consistency and not have to shell out for a new machine. It takes a little longer because you have to freeze the custard in ice cube tray, but then you use a food processor to add air back into the mix. Try it that way first and then if you feel you need to shell out do so, but either way you'll have a tasty creation.