Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipes


(AFTER: Coconut ice cream)

It's super easy to make homemade ice cream, fresh and delicious, using a hand-cranked ice cream maker, such as a Donvier. For best results, keep the cylinder in the freezer for seven hours or longer. Just as the secret to great pizza is a hot oven, the secret to great ice cream is a cold cylinder. I store mine in the spare freezer, so it's always cold enough to use.

Use the best ingredients you can find--preferably organic.

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream

2 cups whole or skim milk
Slightly less than 1 cup of sugar (if you don't want to use sugar, experiment with smaller amounts of maple syrup or coconut nectar) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Gently mix ingredients in a large bowl, then pour mixture into ice cream maker
. Crank to mix, and then crank every few minutes for about 30 minutes. After about 30 minutes, enjoy, or transfer ice cream to container and freeze.
Makes about 1 quart

Other flavors to try:
Follow vanilla recipe above, modified by instructions below.

~Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.

~Coconut Ice Cream: Substitute 2 cups light or regular canned coconut milk for the milk.
If you are a fan of coconut ice cream you're in for a real treat!

~Coffee Ice Cream: Add 1 cup of fresh, strong, black coffee, which has been refrigerated, and reduce milk to 1 cup. Add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips if desired for mocha chip. Either way, this has incredible coffee flavor.


~Cookies and Cream: Add 1 cup of crushed oreos (or other cookies), to ice cream maker during the last ten minutes or so.

~Mint Chocolate Chip: Add 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips and 1/3 teaspoon of mint extract.

~Pumpkin: Decrease milk by 1/2 cup and add 1 cup canned pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon. Good year round (if you can find the canned pumpkin)--why wait for the autumn?!


~Strawberry: Add 1/2 cup of mashed strawberries and 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen. Or try using peaches instead.

As with any recipe, vary amounts of ingredients to taste.


  1. I can't believe all the different cow containers you have. They're awesome. Are you looking for more? If I find a charming one at a bargain would you like me to ship it to you? I'm sure you know how it is -- once you know that a friend collects something, whenever you see 'their item' you want to get it for them.

    Let me know.

  2. You are too kind, Christie, and so right: many of these cows were gifts!
    I just added my recipe for homemade ice cream to this post.

  3. We have a hand-crank ice cream maker. I didn't know you only had to crank it every few minutes. My family will be releived to learn that. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Loved your BEFORE and AFTER photos!!!! Great still life! I bet you ate the ice cream quickly after the photo shoot!

  5. Let's just say the homemade ice cream doesn't last very long around here.


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