Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Enjoy a delicious and creamy homemade ice cream with this simple recipe. Perfect for hot summer days or as a delightful dessert anytime!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional mix-ins (e.g., chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, cookies)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Base:
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  1. Chill the Mixture:
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the mixture for at least 1-2 hours, or overnight. This ensures the mixture is cold, which is crucial for the churning process.
  1. Churn the Ice Cream:
  • Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes, depending on your ice cream maker.
  1. Add Mix-ins (Optional):
  • If you want to add mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, or cookie pieces, do so in the last 5 minutes of churning. This will ensure they are evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.
  1. Freeze the Ice Cream:
  • Once the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency, transfer it to an airtight container. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals from forming. Seal the container and freeze for at least 2-4 hours, or until the ice cream is firm.
  1. Serve:
  • Scoop the ice cream into bowls or cones and enjoy!

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, you can replace some or all of the whole milk with more heavy cream.
  • Experiment with different flavorings and mix-ins to create your custom ice cream flavors.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a shallow dish and freeze it. Every 30 minutes, stir and scrape the mixture with a fork to break up ice crystals until it reaches a creamy consistency (this will take a few hours).

Enjoy your homemade ice cream!

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