To my surprise, the process for making homemade ice cream is actually relatively simple. The only catch? You typically need an ice cream maker (an actual machine, of sorts). First, we’ll start off with the simple vanilla ice cream recipe (serves about 14 people, half cup servings)
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/8 cups granulated sugar
3 cups heavy cream
1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
“In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk and granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn the machine on; pour the mixture into freezer bowl, and let mix until thickened, about 20 to 25 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.” – via the Cuisinart site
& don’t forget to top it off with fresh fruit! We had strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.
Now, there are a few other options for making ice cream without an actual machine, but that’s been covered on countless other blogs; plus, I’m completely useless in the kitchen, so I plan to buy an ice cream maker anyways.
Here are a few ice cream maker options I’ve found, all varying in size & price:
- Bella ice cream maker – Macy’s – $15 (originally $50)
- Hamilton Beach ice cream maker – Best Buy – $35
- Pure Indulgence ice cream & frozen yogurt maker – Cuisinart – $90