9 All-Time Favorite Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Updated on November 10, 2019
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These are my absolute favorite recipes for homemade ice cream that everyone will scream for!

Nothing beats homemade old-fashioned ice cream on a hot summer day!
Nothing beats homemade old-fashioned ice cream on a hot summer day! | Source

It All Starts With Vanilla 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, 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, you also need 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.

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 | Source

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.

Homemade chocolate ice cream
Homemade chocolate ice cream | Source

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

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

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! | Source

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 | Source

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

  • 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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    • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      15 months ago from the USA

      Kenneth, thanks for your wonderful comment.

    • JanisaChatte profile image

      Janisa 

      16 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 

      20 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

      Liza 

      20 months ago from UT,USA

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

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