Sweet and Refreshing Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Chocolate, Peach, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Creams

Try our homemade ice cream recipes for a real treat. We like to say "Give these recipes a go and you can create some deliciously tasting desserts the old fashioned way". Everybody loves homemade ice cream because it's delicious, easy to make, and as the weather becomes hot ice cream desserts demand your attention.

But before you start creating culinary dessert masterpieces with these ice cream recipes you must have a basics understanding of the ice cream making methods.

By all means if you already have the prerequisite knowledge, skip ahead to the ice cream recipes.

The process of making ice cream has not changed much over the years. Currently there are three popular ice cream making methods being used to make homemade ice cream.

Probably the easiest and most popular method is to use an electric ice cream maker. The second best method is hand churning the ice cream the old fashioned way. The third and least preferred method is stove top cooking with a double boiler and allowing the ice cream to form by placing it into your deep freezer.

Depending on your personal preference, all three methods have their merits.

Making homemade ice cream is not too difficult. For most people the process is simple and to others it's downright easy. Once you learn the basics you'll be somewhere in the middle. But to be truthful you'll be well on your way to creating some icy masterpieces.

Most homemade ice cream recipes call for several simple ingredients including: cream, eggs and fruit. It's no secret that you must use fresh ingredients. If you select the freshest eggs, fruits and cream, your ice cream desserts will most definitely appeal to your taste buds.

The old saying is true "Once you go homemade, you never buy from the store again".

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

Ice cream is a nutritious treat that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Below you will find an assortment of ice cream flavors, one of which will surely appeal to your taste buds. I have only included chocolate, peach, strawberry and vanilla because the ice cream flavors are the most popular. Feel free to experiment with fresh berries, fruits, mints and nuts to satisfy your desires. Enjoy the ice cream recipes that follow.

Chocolate Ice Cream

1 cup cocoa powder or 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
5 egg yolks
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup fine granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
dash of salt

Add chocoa powder to large heavy bottom saucepan. Pour in milk, cream and heat over low heat. Continue to cook over low heat stirring constantly. While mixture is heating beat in egg yolks one at a time using a wooden spoon or rotary beater.

Next stir in sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and begins to look like rich custard.

Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool. Place in refrigerator and allow chocolate ice cream to chill before freezing. Pour into your ice cream machine and freeze your chocolate ice cream according to manufacturer's directions.

Makes about 1 quart of chocolate ice cream.

Peach Ice Cream

4 cups whole milk
3 cups evaporated can milk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups fine granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
dash of salt
3 cups ripe peaches, peeled, stoned and chopped

Pour both milks into a large heavy bottom saucepan and heat over low heat. While milk is heating beat in eggs one at a time using a wooden spoon or rotary beater.

Next stir in sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract and salt. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and begins to look like rich custard.

Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool. Place in refrigerator and allow ice cream to chill before freezing. Stir in the peaches, mix well then pour into your ice cream machine. Freeze your peach ice cream according to manufacturer's instructions.

This homemade ice cream recipe makes 3 quarts.

Strawberry Ice Cream

5 egg yolks
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup fine granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 pint strawberries, pureed

Add water to lower pan of a double boiler. Allow water to simmer over low heat.

Using a whisk and the upper pan of the double boiler, cream the eggs yolks with 5 tablespoons of heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until cream thickens.

Remove upper half of double boiler from lower half and continue to wisk. Add the remaining heavy cream, pureed strawberries and continue to whip until cream stiffens.

Place strawberry ice cream in refrigerator and allow ice cream to chill. Using a rubber spatula transfer to ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

This homemade ice cream recipe makes about 1-1/2 quarts.

Vanilla Ice Cream

18 ounces, heavy cream
4 egg yolks
5-1/2 ounces fine granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Place water in lower pan of double boiler. Allow water to simmer on low heat.

Using a whisk and the upper pan of the double boiler, cream the eggs yolks with 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until cream thickens.

Remove upper half of double boiler from lower half and continue to wisk. Add the remaining heavy cream and continue to whip until cream stiffens.

Place vanilla ice cream in refrigerator and allow ice cream to chill. Using a rubber spatula transfer chilled ice cream to your ice cream machine. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

Makes 1 quart of vanilla ice cream.

I'm sure you'll enjoy these homemade ice cream recipes for many years to come.

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