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Beat the Heat with Homemade Ice Cream

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Beat the Heat with Homemade Ice Cream

Summer is here, and so is the heat.  While jumping in a neighborhood pool or your nearby natural swimming hole can be refreshing, nothing cools you down like an ol’ timey bowl of homemade ice cream.  From vanilla to strawberry, chocolate to pecan, this classic warm weather treat is a favorite for any age.  Whether you prefer the new electric churn machines, or the back-breaking hand spun, here’s an easy recipe to get you on your way to ice cream bliss.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, egg yolks, and salt. Place pan over medium-high heat and whisk until mixture reaches a simmer. Lower heat to medium and whisk for 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Strain mixture into a large bowl, then whisk in half-and-half, cream, and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, typically about 2 hours.
  2. Pour mixture into ice-cream maker; process according to your ice cream machine instructions.*

* Most electric machines will automatically stop turning once the ice cream has set-up.  The ol’ fashion hand crank ice cream makers require you to turn the handle until you can’t spin the canister anymore. If you are having kids do the spinning you may want to step in for the last few cranks to make sure the ice cream sets up correctly.

Add a Little Flavor!

Chocolate: After straining mixture in step 1, add 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and stir until melted and fully incorporated. Continue with recipe.

Peanut Butter: After straining mixture in step 1, add 1 cup smooth peanut butter and stir until fully incorporated. Continue with recipe.

Strawberry: After straining mixture in step 1, add 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries (or a little more if you like) and stir until fully incorporated. Continue with recipe.

Make it Your Own / Baker’s Treat: You likely have the pattern figured out by now…add at least 1 cup of your favorite flavor / ingredient to the process and enjoy!

Thanks to Country Living for the basis of the recipe above.

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