Sunday, March 11, 2012

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream


  • 2 quarts half & half 
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream 
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar 
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1 tablespoon coco shavings (optional) 

Making the Ice Cream

In a mixing bowl whisk together half & half, cream, sugar, vanilla, & salt. Follow directions for your ice cream maker. If using the Kitchen-aid ice cream maker attachment, stir on low speed in frozen bowl for 15-20 minutes, transfer to a freezer safe container, & let freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.   


You just cannot compare homemade ice cream to the store bought stuff. As a kid my neighbor used to make peach ice cream out on the porch with her wooden ice cream maker. I remember thinking it was the best ice cream in the world. Since I have recently purchased the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment, I figured I would start with the basics, good old vanilla. 

You can make any type of ice cream by adding flavors or toppings. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can look online for creative ways to make ice cream. 

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