9 Favorite Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Updated on August 24, 2018
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Here are some great Southern-style recipes for any occasion.

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It All Starts With Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream

To make the recipes in this article, you start with a rich, homemade vanilla base. Of course, you could also just take that perfect vanilla ice cream and eat that! But if you want to get a little fancy, you do need to start with traditional, delicious homemade vanilla ice cream.

To make this recipe, you need something to make ice cream with. I have used an old-fashioned hand-crank ice cream maker for many summers, and even though it's a fair amount of work, the results are an authentic, old-fashioned ice cream that really can't miss. However there are of course more modern varieties of ice cream maker out there.

This homemade vanilla ice cream recipe produces a velvety-smooth mix with rich traditional flavor. Start with this basic homemade vanilla ice cream and by adding a few ingredients you can make chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, peach ice cream, and more.

Ingredients for Basic Vanilla Ice-Cream

  • 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 for Making Basic Vanilla Ice-Cream Recipe

  1. Scald the milk.
  2. Mix the sugar, flour, and salt; add enough hot mix to the sugar-flour mixture to make a thin paste.
  3. Stir the paste into the hot milk; cook over low heat until it thickens a little, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the hot milk mixture gradually to the beaten eggs; continue to cook over low heat until the mixture thickens again, about 2 minutes; stirring constantly. Don't cook longer as the eggs may curdle.
  5. Cool quickly in the refrigerator. Do not allow the mixture to stand at room temperature.
  6. Pour the mix into the freezing container.
  7. Add the vanilla and light cream, filling about ¾ full.
  8. Freeze, following the usual procedure for ice cream freezer.
  9. Makes 1 gallon of ice cream.

Why I Use a Hand-Crank Ice Cream Churn

Buffalo Tools 6 Qt. Electric / Hand Ice Cream Maker, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker
Buffalo Tools 6 Qt. Electric / Hand Ice Cream Maker, Old Fashioned Ice Cream Maker

It takes a little more work, and if you want to go the electric route you can with this model, but I really like my old-fashioned hand-turned ice cream maker. At least this way I always feel like I earned my dessert!


Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream Recipe

Instructions for Making Peanut Butter Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • Omit 1 cup of the light cream.
  • Stir a small amount of the custard, mix gradually into ½ cup of the peanut butter until well blended.
  • Add to the rest of the mix in the ice cream container.

Strawberries And Cream Homemade Ice Cream


Instructions for Making Strawberry Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • Omit 3 cups of the light cream.
  • Add 1 quart of washed, hulled strawberries which have been mashed.
  • Add ½ cup of additional sugar

Recipe for Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream


Instructions for Making Chocolate Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • Add 4-1-ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate to the milk before scalding.
  • Beat with an electric mixer until the chocolate flecks disappear.
  • Increase the sugar by ½ cup and prepare according to directions for basic vanilla.

Homemade Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Instructions for Making Peach Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • Omit 3 cups of the light cream.
  • Add 1 quart of crushed fresh peaches mixed with ¾ cups of additional sugar.

Homemade Apple Pie Ice Cream

Instructions for Making Apple Pie Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Mix well into the basic vanilla recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Recipe

Instructions for Making Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

  • Add to the basic vanilla recipe:
  • 1-15-ounces can pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, more if you desired
  • Mix well into the basic vanilla recipe.

Big Red Soda Pop Ice Cream

Big Red Ice Cream -- A Kids' Favorite!

For the kiddies, and those who think like the kiddies, Big Red soda pop ice cream is right here! This will soon be a family favorite. 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 see, root beer, orange, coca cola or any flavor you like.

Let the kids help you mix it up it only takes 3 ingredients. Of course, you will need ice and rock salt.

Ingredients for Big Red Ice Cream

  • 3- 20 ounce bottles big red soda pop.
  • 2- 15 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk (not canned milk)
  • Enough milk to fill up to the fill line on ice cream freezer.

Instructions for Making Big Red Ice Cream

  1. Get your crank or electric ice cream maker out and clean it up.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Pour into the ice cream freezer can.
  4. Freeze until set.
  5. It freezes quickly because of the carbonated soda.
  6. Get the bowls and spoons ready to enjoy a yummy big red ice cream.
  7. This is my all-time favorite ice cream for kids and adults!

Crunchy Toasted Butter Pecan

Butter Pecan Ice Cream


Crunchy, Skillet-Toasted Pecans Make This Ice Cream Special

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 for Butter Pecan Ice Cream

  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ 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 for Making Butter Pecan Ice Cream

  1. Combine in a heavy skillet, the pecans, sugar and butter.
  2. Cook on medium heat until the sugar melts and browns, about 6-8 minutes, stir constantly.
  3. Spread in a buttered pan or foil, dividing into clusters.
  4. Let cool; break clusters into small chunks, save ¼ cup for topping.
  5. Mix in a large bowl, 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 freezer.
  8. Follow manufacturer's directions.
  9. Let the ice cream ripen for 4 hours

Make about 3 ½ quarts.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • You are only limited by your imagination to what other flavors you can make.
  • You may want to make two batches of this delicious creamy ice cream.

Video Recipe on Making Homemade Ice Cream Made In A Blender!

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Questions & Answers

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    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      11 months ago from the USA

      Kenneth, thanks for your wonderful comment.

    • JanisaChatte profile image


      12 months ago from Earth

      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 Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      16 months ago from the USA

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

    • lizmalay profile image


      16 months ago from Herriman,UT

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


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