Last summer we got an ice cream maker and we perfected making frozen yogurt. There are so many simple and delicious variations on frozen yogurt that we never got bored just making frozen yogurt. Three of my favorites were nonfat key lime frozen yogurt, blueberry vanilla frozen yogurt and nonfat peach frozen yogurt.
This year I decided that it was time to give good old-fashioned ice cream a try. Boy am I glad I did. It is so simple and so delicious. It is not exactly what I would call “healthy,” but as an occasional treat it is a wonderful indulgence. I started with a basic recipe and then modified it a bit to make it how I wanted it. Due to the fact that it is strawberry season right now, the strawberries are amazing and brought such sweet and amazing flavor to this ice cream. I made a double batch which should be for about 8 people, but realistically in our house it is enough for 6 people.
Here is what you need:
2.5 cups whole milk
2 cups light cream
1.5-2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
6 tbsp. corn syrup
6 egg yolks
1 tbsp. good vanilla extract
2 quarts strawberries, pureed but leave some chunks
Here is what you do:
In a saucepan, heat the milk and the cream together leaving 1 cup of milk aside in a separate bowl. You will temper this in later with the eggs. Heat the milk and cream until it begins to bubble around the edges. Whisk almost constantly while it is getting to this point. DO NOT BOIL. In a bowl, combine the 1 cup of milk, the sugar, corn syrup, egg yolks and vanilla. Stir to combine. Once combined, slowly whisk the hot milk and cream into the bowl. Be careful to do this slowly so do not you do not scramble the eggs. Once all of the hot milk has been added to the bowl, return the entire mixture to the saucepan and heat until bubbles form around the edges. Once bubbles form, heat for approximately 5 more minutes, but do not boil. It will begin to thicken slightly. You must stir this constantly. Once it coats the back of a spoon it is done. Next pour the custard into a bowl and add the strawberry puree. Stir to combine. Cover the custard and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. This will take about 4 hours. The custard must be thoroughly chilled or it will not set up in the ice cream maker. Once chilled, add to ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.
This experience showed me that making delicious old fashioned ice cream is simple and only takes a little time. My family went crazy over this ice cream. I literally found myself taking a bite out of it every time I walked into the kitchen. This is a treat that is totally worth it.
I would love to hear about your adventures in making homemade ice cream. What is your favorite flavor to make?