It’s no secret; I absolutely love ice cream. I’ve been going through makers and testing recipes for a long time – making homemade ice cream has been a family tradition I’ve gladly upheld. However, in today’s convenient, consumerist culture, far too many families don’t get the chance to taste what real ice cream maker recipes and bring to the table – and often those who want to try it can’t find the right recipes to get started.
So, in an effort to dispel that issue, I’ve listed three seductively simple ice cream recipes here for you to try out.
Making absolutely delicious ice cream is about cutting everything down into easy-to-follow steps – list your ingredients, get your things in order, and then prepare your components. For simple recipes like the ones I list, you need a flavor base and an ice cream base. It’s simple stuff, really – an ice cream base is made of whole milk (don’t skimp out on the good stuff!), a few egg yolks (separate them from the whites), sugar and heavy cream. For a cup of milk, you need about 4 yolks, ¾ a cup of sugar, and 2 cups of cream. Heat the milk, whisk the eggs and sugar, mix the two over a low heat until it thickens. Pour the mixture into a bowl set atop ice water – making sure it’s cold – and add the heavy cream in slowly, stirring until cool. This is fairly universal – it’s the flavor, however, that matters most.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream
For salted caramel, all you need is sugar, heavy cream, sea salt and some vanilla. Start with your sugar – for an ice cream base made from a cup of milk, you need about a cup of sugar, but you can tweak the amounts. Start up a saucepan and melt your sugar, then slowly add ¾ a cup of heavy cream to it. Add in the salt, then the base, and finally, the vanilla – then let the mixture cool and pop it into your maker, and you’re good to go!
Chocolate Ice Cream
Everybody loves chocolate. Well, almost everybody. I do, at least – and its one of the first (and easiest) flavors anybody tries to make. Since I like my choco ice cream dark, I go with 70% cacao chocolate, full-fat milk, and a bit of sugar. The easiest way to do chocolate ice cream is to melt the dark chocolate into the milk while preparing the ice cream base – that way, you finish off two birds with one stone.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry ice cream is beautiful on a hot day; and seductively easy to make, too. Just mix mashed strawberries into your custard base before getting it ready for the ice cream maker – and you’re actually done! If you want a nicer shade of pink, you can opt for some food coloring – but I usually eschew that for real flavor.
And that’s it! If you’re looking for incredibly easy ice cream recipes, just remember – milk, yolks, cream and sugar! With that, all you need is a bit of flavor, some hot and some cold, and you’ve got yourself a bowl ready for the maker.