I love ice cream.
I love to make ice cream.
Back in Febraury, I shared an awesome recipe for homemade ice cream, Philadelphia-style, but there are a lot of possible variations that I failed to mention.
Do you know what Philadelphia style ice cream means? It is easy. Philadelphia style ice cream has no eggs and requires no cooking. It’s most simply cream and sugar with flavorings added. This is different from custard style ice cream, which is cooked slowly and contains eggs. It’s a much heartier ice cream, but requires considerably more work.
Easy Philadelphia-Style Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 cups of heavy cream
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla – I use Mexican vanilla that we bought on our honeymoon, so I use half that amount.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.
- Mix in your ice cream maker as directed. (To use ours, you have to assemble the whole thing – including the paddle – then pour in the ice cream. Individual machines vary, though, so follow your own instructions.)
- If you use the ice cream right out of the machine, it will have a soft serve consistency. For harder ice cream, put it into an airtight container and freeze overnight.
Other flavors of homemade ice cream
Once you have a basic recipe like this one, it’s easy to make a variety of flavors.
For fruit-flavored ice cream, I add fresh fruit. You can use strawberries, cherries, peaches, pineapple, bananas… you’re really limited only by your imagination.
- For a fruit and cream consistency – Mash fruit coarsely with a fork. Add 1 1/2 cups of mashed fruit in step one. Proceed as directed.
- For a homogeneously fruity consistency – Puree fruit in the blender. Add 1 cup of pureed fruit in step one. Proceed as directed.
For chocolate ice cream, you have a lot of options. When making chocolate ice cream, I cut the vanilla in half.
- Chocolate syrup – Add 1/3 to 2/3 cup of syrup in step one
- Melted chocolate - Melt a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips with a few tablespoons of heavy cream. Add in step one. In step two, refrigerate until well chilled. It may take a couple of hours.
- Cocoa powder – Mix 1/2 cup cocoa powder in step one. Taste for sweetness, you may need to add extra sugar.
For other flavors, you can experiment with liquors or flavor extracts. Be careful to use only a tablespoon at a time, and do a lot of tasting.
I’d love to hear what you’re making!
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