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Favorite Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

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Nothing beats homemade old-fashioned ice cream!

Nothing beats homemade old-fashioned ice cream!

Homemade Ice Cream!

To make ice cream at home, you'll need to start by making a vanilla base. My recipe produces a velvety-smooth vanilla ice cream with a rich, traditional flavor. Of course, you can just take that perfect vanilla ice cream and eat it straight away (I promise I won't tell!). But if you want to get a little fancy with your homemade ice cream recipe, you can just tweak the recipe slightly to create chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, peach, or any of the other delightful flavors covered below.

Hand-Crank vs. Electric Ice Cream Makers

In addition to the ingredients, homemade ice cream requires a device that makes ice cream. I have used an old-fashioned hand-crank ice cream maker for many summers, and even though it's a fair amount of work, it reliably makes authentic, old-fashioned ice cream that really can't be beat. When I use a hand-crank model, I always feel like I've really earned my dessert! However, there are of course more modern, electric ice cream makers out there that require a lot less elbow grease. Ultimately, it's up to you. Either way, you'll wind up with a homemade treat that everyone will love to eat!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Yield: 1 gallon

Ingredients

  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 quarts light cream

Instructions

  1. In a pot, scald the milk.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and salt.
  3. Add a small amount of the hot milk to the sugar-flour mixture to make a thin paste.
  4. Stir the paste into the hot milk. Cook over low heat until it thickens a little, about 15 minutes.
  5. Gradually add the beaten eggs to the hot milk mixture. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens again, about 2 minutes. Don't cook any longer as the eggs may curdle.
  6. Quickly place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool. Do not allow the mixture to stand at room temperature.
  7. Pour the cooled mixture into the freezing container of ice cream maker.
  8. Add the vanilla and light cream, filling the freezing container to about 3/4 full.
  9. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
Homemade peanut butter ice cream

Homemade peanut butter ice cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Extra Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Make the basic vanilla recipe but omit 1 cup of the light cream (in step 8).
  2. Gradually mix the peanut butter into the ice cream mixture until well blended.
  3. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
Homemade strawberries and cream ice cream

Homemade strawberries and cream ice cream

Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream

Extra Ingredients

  • 1 quart strawberries, washed, hulled, and mashed
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Make the basic vanilla recipe but omit 3 cups of the light cream (in step 8).
  2. Add strawberries and additional 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix well.
  3. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
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The Ice Cream Truck (a brevity poem)

It's the first hot day of summer

the kids are feeling restless

then we hear a welcome sound

our neighborhood ice cream truck

all the children gather 'round

to get their favorite cold treat

— AllPoetry.com

Homemade chocolate ice cream

Homemade chocolate ice cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Extra Ingredients

  • 4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Before scalding the milk in step 1, add unsweetened chocolate to the milk.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until the chocolate flecks disappear.
  3. In step 2, increase the sugar by 1/2 a cup.
  4. Proceed with the rest of the basic vanilla recipe.
Homemade peach ice cream

Homemade peach ice cream

Peach Ice Cream

This is one of my personal all-time favorite homemade ice cream recipes! I could eat the whole batch myself (brain freeze)!

Extra Ingredients

  • 1 quart fresh peaches, crushed
  • 3/4 cups sugar

Instructions

  1. Make the basic vanilla recipe but omit 3 cups of the light cream (in step 8).
  2. Add peaches and the additional 3/4 cup of sugar. Mix well.
  3. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
Homemade apple pie ice cream

Homemade apple pie ice cream

Apple Pie Ice Cream

My mom made this. I remember her homemade ice cream best because it's what made me start wanting to make my own.

Extra Ingredients

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

Instructions

  1. In step 8, add applesauce and apple pie spice. Mix well.
  2. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
Pumpkin pie ice cream

Pumpkin pie ice cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Extra Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (more if desired)

Instructions

  1. In step 8, add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.
  2. Freeze, following the usual procedure for your ice cream maker.
Big Red soda pop ice cream is one of my favorites!

Big Red soda pop ice cream is one of my favorites!

Big Red Soda Pop Ice Cream

For the kiddies—and those who think like the kiddies—Big Red soda pop ice cream is right here! This is sure to become a favorite in your family, just as it has in mine. What could be better (and sweeter!) than soda-pop-flavored ice cream?

If you want to make homemade ice cream that tastes like any kind of soda, here's how to do it. Use your imagination! I could imagine root beer, orange, Coca-Cola or any flavor you like.

Let the kids help you mix it up; it only takes three ingredients. Of course, you will need ice and rock salt, as well.

Ingredients

  • 3 (20-ounce) bottles Big Red soda pop
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk (not canned milk)
  • Enough milk to go up to the fill line on your ice cream maker

Instructions

  1. Get your hand-crank or electric ice cream maker out and clean it up.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the ice cream freezer can.
  4. Freeze until set. (It will freeze quickly because of the carbonated soda.)
  5. Get the bowls and spoons ready to enjoy a yummy Big Red ice cream.
Crunchy toasted butter pecan ice cream

Crunchy toasted butter pecan ice cream

Crunchy Toasted Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Butter pecan is my favorite of all ice creams. This velvety homemade butter pecan ice cream is rich and crunchy, with skillet-toasted pecan clusters. I dare you to try it soon!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 cups half-and-half or light cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups whipping cream

Instructions

  1. In a heavy skillet, combine the pecans, sugar, and butter.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar melts and browns, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. Spread in a buttered pan or foil, dividing into clusters.
  4. Allow the clusters to cool. Break clusters into small chunks. Set aside a 1/4 cup for the topping.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the half-and-half, brown sugar, and vanilla until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Stir in the pecan chunks and whipping cream.
  7. Place the mixture in a 4- or 5-quart ice cream maker.
  8. Follow the manufacturer's directions.
  9. Let the ice cream freeze for 4 hours.
  10. Serve with pecan topping (reserved from step 4).

Yield: Makes about 3 1/2 quarts.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • When it comes to making ice cream from scratch, you are limited only by your imagination as to what other ice cream flavors you can make. Get creative, and please share your ideas in the comments section below!
  • I know from personal experience that homemade ice cream goes fast. When you make any of these recipes, you may want to make two batches, just to be safe!

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© 2016 Margie's Southern Kitchen

Comments

Margie's Southern Kitchen (author) from the USA on August 05, 2018:

Kenneth, thanks for your wonderful comment.

Janisa from Earth on July 10, 2018:

Lots of very tempting recipes!

I've been wanting to invest in an ice cream maker for quite some time now, any tips or recommendations ?

Margie's Southern Kitchen (author) from the USA on March 06, 2018:

Nothing beats homemade ice cream, I have an electric one and that really makes it easy! Thanks for stopping by!

Liza from USA on March 06, 2018:

Oh my! This is awesome. I must try one of these ice cream recipes. My favorite is chocolate and vanilla.