I love ice cream. I love it more than almost anything. Most commercial ice cream is a pale imitation of the real stuff though. I still eat the commercial stuff, I hasten to add, as it's enjoyable in the same way that Dairy Milk is enjoyable, despite being a million miles away from real chocolate. Even so, every year I think about buying an ice cream maker, and every year I convince myself I don't need an other space taking gadget and don't bother. But...this year I think I might go for it...or at least ask for one for my birthday! So - what ice cream makers can people recommend? I've seen enough mention of home-made ice cream on here, including EG's latest post re tonight's dinner. I've tried with the "hand-beating every hour method", but I found the results too crystally and not really worth all of the effort. The prices very wildly it seems, and I suppose you get what you pay for. I'd be ideally looking for up to the hundred quid mark, but would go as high as needed if there was a promise of faultless ice cream. So - what makers do people have? Also - any hints, tips and recipes welcome please!