Ice Cream Basics + 5 Recipes!

Homemade Ice Cream RecipesGuys, can we drop everything for a minute and talk about ice cream?! I love all ice cream all year round (why lie?) but I am especially in the mood for an icy cold treat during these hot summer months. So last week, I learned how to make ice cream. I had been a little intimidated to try because most of the recipes I'd seen involved a complicated procedure of cooking eggs into a custard… which sounded tricky. As it turns out, egg based ice creams can be a little involved; but so worth it! Plus there are many other kinds of ice cream recipes that don't involve cooking eggs at all—which are super easy to make and very delicious as well.

Ice Cream Making BasicsFirst let's talk ice cream makers. A few months ago I bought an Ice Cream Maker Attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. That's what I've been using in my ice cream making adventures. But there are all sorts of excellent ice cream makers out there, so if you have a different kind just consult the directions when it comes time to add the batter to the maker. One tip that I learned this past week is that no matter what ice cream maker you use make sure that the batter is cold before you pour it in to the maker. I usually made my ice cream batter the night before and refrigerated it overnight before mixing it into ice cream the next morning. Also, for most recipes the ice cream will be very soft (think: soft serve) when it comes straight out of the ice cream maker. If you prefer a more dense texture just freeze it for a few hours or overnight. Note- The cute containers I used here are from Garnish

Ice Cream FlavorsNow let's get to the recipes…

Blueberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream RecipeBlueberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream, makes about 1/2 quart. Recipe adapted from here.

Needed: 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup whole milk, 3/4 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries.

In a bowl whip together the softened cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add in the sugar, salt and whipping cream. Mix until smooth. Store in a air tight container in the refrigerator overnight. Pour in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use. I added my blue berries during the last 10 minutes of mixing. I liked the look of leaving the blueberries whole; but next time I think I will chop them up for more color and a smoother texture.

Rhubarb and Ricotta Ice Cream RecipeRhubarb and Ricotta Ice Cream, makes about 1/2 quart.

Needed: 12 ounces ricotta cheese, 1 cup whole milk, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 3/4 cup chopped rhubarb, a couple drops of red food coloring (optional).

In a bowl whip together the ricotta and milk until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla extract, whipping cream and food coloring (if using). Mix until smooth. Store in a air tight container in the refrigerator overnight. Pour in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use. I added the rhubarb during the last 10 minutes of mixing.

Pistachio and Cream Cheese Ice Cream RecipePistachio and Cream Cheese Ice Cream, makes about 1/2 quarts. 

Needed: 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup whole milk, 3/4 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts (I used a food processor to do this).

In a bowl whip together the softened cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add in the sugar, salt and whipping cream. Mix until smooth. Store in a air tight container in the refrigerator overnight. Pour in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use. I added the pistachio nuts during the last 10 minutes of mixing.

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream RecipeDark Chocolate Ice Cream, makes a little less than 1/2 quart. Recipe adapted from here

Needed: 3.5 ounces dark chocolate, 1 cup whole milk, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 3 egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream.

In a small pot melt the chocolate and set aside, you could also do this in the microwave. In another pot stir together the milk and cocoa powder, bring to a low boil then remove from heat. In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks. Add a couple of tablespoons of the hot milk mixture and whisk together. This will temper the egg yolks so they don't cook too quickly in the hot milk. Now add the egg yolk mixture to the hot milk, add in the sugar, melted chocolate and whipping cream. Stir until smooth. Pour into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight. Pour in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use.

Cereal Milk Ice Cream RecipeCereal Milk Ice Cream, makes about 3/4 quart. Recipe adapted from here.

Needed: 1 1/2 cups cereal milk*, 1 cup sugar, 4 egg yolks and 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream.

*To make cereal milk you need whole milk and cereal of your choice (I used Lucky Charms). Pour the milk into a bowl (to make 1 1/2 cups use about 2 cups to start as some of the milk will absorb into the cereal) and add enough cereal so that all the pieces are full submerged. Allow this to soak for 8-10 minutes. Remove the cereal pieces and now you are left with a colorful and flavored milk. I used to LOVE drinking the flavored milk after a eating cereal as a kid. I had heard of this flavor idea from here. I've never been there, and this is certainly not their recipe (I imagine theirs is probably even better, I'd love to try it one day!).

In a pot combine the milk cereal with the sugar. Whisk together and warm over low heat. In another bowl whisk together the egg yolks. Pour a few tablespoons of the hot milk mixture in with the egg yolks and stir. Once the egg yolk mixture is tempered add it to the pot of warm milk. Whisk to combine. Continue cooking over low/medium heat until it thickens. Pour this thickened custard into a bowl with the heaving whipping cream. Stir to combine. Pour into an air tight container and refrigerate overnight. Pour in to your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer directions for use. I added a few pieces of Lucky Charms during the last couple of minutes of the ice cream maker's run. Just for fun. 

Have fun creating your own flavor combinations! xo. Emma

  • Ohhhh ma gash. I found an old hand-wind ice cream maker in the pantry at my cottage the other day and I am definitely about to go and make the blueberry cream cheese one. Thanks!!

  • Mmmmmm! This sounds amazing! I love that it’s so simplistic and yet totally packed with flavors that I’m dying to try together!!!

  • Wow I wish this post existed when I started ice cream making. I made so many mistakes – but I have learnt from them now and making home made icecream is so worth it!

  • This looks so lovely and delicious. I always love having ice-cream after dinner with my family. I will try all these recipes.

    Love
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  • Mmmmmm! This sounds amazing! I love that it’s so simplistic and yet totally packed with flavors that I’m dying to try together!!!

  • This recipe was a real hit.???? I may try to add it to our offerings at the next catering job we do. Where do you get the inspiration for your recipes? I struggle with coming up with unique recipes.????

  • This ice-cream looks soooo yummy!and delicious! Great post 🙂 x
    It’s never too late for ice cream. 😉 One of my favorite flavors!! ????

  • Nothing better than a big bowl of ice cream in the summer heat! I can’t wait to start trying all of these flavors! Thank you for including my Chocolate Ice Cream!

  • Should we boil the milk before proceeding to make ice cream. My ice cream is always hard

  • these all looks so good!! I actually got an ice cream maker for my birthday few years ago, and I ain’t gonna use it until I move out, and this really inspired me! 🙂 can’t wait til I can start making my own ice creams, because I also love it all year around 😀

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  • myy goodness,how amazing this post is!absolutely love it,ah,ice cream,the love of my life!

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  • Thanks for including me among this great company of bloggers.

  • Made the blueberry ice cream. It was delicious! I wrote about it in my blog here http://www.onecreativehousewife.com/2012/08/blueberry-cream-cheese-ice-cream-with.html Thanks for the recipe!

  • lovely 😀 i made my first vanilla ice cream and now i’m thinking about making something really special

  • Amazing post, I am so glad to find more food lovers like myself. I just opened a blog about food and fashion and you were a major role model and a big part of it. I just wanted to say thank you 🙂

    visit my blog, and say what you mean, i would love to have some pointers from the Masters themselves 🙂

  • I keep my Kitchen Aid ice cream bowl in the freezer, so it’s ready when I get the urge! Can’t wait to try these new flavors!

  • I LOVE making ice cream. I want to try making frozen yogurt but that may have to wait while I try some of these. On your blueberry one – maybe if you left 1/4 to 1/2 whole and the cut or slightly mash the rest you would get the best of both worlds.

  • oh my god, i have to try these combinations.. !
    xxx

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  • Omg i would love to try this out… i still havent even tried your banana/peanut butter & chocolate vegan ice cream recipe which i have to try making soon

  • oh yummm! they look so delicious!
    i don’t even know which one i want to try first!
    (maybe i should try my hand at convincing someone to buy me a kitchen aid mixer first! hahaha)
    Cheray x

  • I’ve heard of ice cream recipes that don’t involve an ice cream maker or an attachment, just a ziploc bag for mixing and ingredients. Have you heard of this? I think it’d be a great activity for the kids. Let me know if you find or invent anything of the sort!

  • Blueberry cream cheese, please! I need an ice cream maker. =)

    -Jess
    http://wearegypsies.blogspot.com

  • Wow! All of those flavors are so unique and I want to eat every one of them! Thanks for the great recipes!
    ~ Jillian
    http://forelyse.com/blog/

  • Oh wow. I am addicted to ice cream in the hot summery months in Cyprus. I want to go buy an ice cream maker now!!

  • LOVE these combos! I am so digging the poptail and ice cream trend this summer. 🙂

    Thanks!

    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

  • Cereal milk ice cream looks amazing! And gives me a craving for Lucky Charms! And I love Momofuku Milk Bar. Their birthday cake is cray-cray!

    -Lindsey
    http://ettu-tutu.blogspot.com

  • I’m excited to hear that the Kitchen Aid mixer has an ice cream attachment. Looks like I will need to check it out!

  • I’m so envious. Wish I had an ice-cream maker! Your images are as beautiful looking as ever (and very tempting!)

  • That pistachio one sounds fantastic! My mom just got an ice cream maker, I might have to borrow it to make that one! Yum!

    xo
    Diana
    http://unusuallylovely.com

  • What amazing flavor combo–I’ve never even HEARD of cereal milk ice cream. Such a cool idea!

  • cereal milk ice cream??!! so clever!! 😀
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  • Emma… those look just amazing! I am also a big fan of ice cream, but never seem to buy it. I didn’t know kitchenaid had an attachment for icecream!! So excited about it, definitely checking into that… yum!

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  • What a fun summer post! Thanks for sharing. Really makes me want some icecream.

    -ashley
    http://pencilleddaydream.com

  • This is the best post EVER. I’ll try the dark chocolate one, with soy milk to make it vegan-friendly! Love the photos as well!

  • this looks so good!

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  • for most recipes the ice cream will be very soft (think: soft serve) when it comes straight out of the ice cream maker.Just want to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is just nice and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  • mmmm there is some serious salivation going on in my mouth right now, good quality ice cream is all I dream of in summer and these tick all the right boxes, gimme!!

  • That pistachio ice cream looks fantastic! x

    Rose Eva
    Silhouetted Blog

  • Wow!

    I spotted the Lucky Charms right away, even though they are way too expensive to buy here in the UK….we just get them as a treat when someone sends them over for us!

    Really want to try that recipe!

  • holy toledo! am I the only one who has been reading this blog for forever and hasn’t noticed the everyday emma/elsie section? p.s. I love icecream.

  • I am completely unsure if this is a good or bad thing. Good because I love ice cream! (who doesn’t) but bad because now this will be my only food consumed.
    Lovely recipes though.

  • Cereal Milk sounds interesting. Last time I tried making ice cream I was 10 and it didn’t work – put me off till now. I am defiantly going to try some of these. Thanks so much.
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  • Very good article, the article content is very interesting, the character very image is clear,

  • Wow I wish this post existed when I started ice cream making. I made so many mistakes – but I have learnt from them now and making home made icecream is so worth it!

    xo Emilie @ http://www.hungrydelights.com

  • I want some of that pistachio or the rhubarb can’t decide!

    PS I just bought two of your e courses… can’t wait to get started!

  • I want to try the cereal milk right now!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

  • The blueberry cream cheese looks mind blowing, I have to mention I truly love the changes you’ve made to the blog since you paired up officially and joined forces. The site looks great, very clear and you have an almighty strong variety of topics! Keep up the amazing work, you bring a ray of sunshine into so many peoples day. I’m always telling my friends about your blog, so inspiring! Christine x

  • These recipes sound delicious. I have never made ice cream with cream cheese before, but I definitely want to try it out!
    We have a Cuisinart ice cream maker which we love. I also just discovered that you can pour the ice cream mixture into popsicle molds and freeze to make ice cream bars; no fancy ice cream maker required!

  • I can’t even begin to explain how unbelievably delicious they all look and sound!!! I need to get myself an icecream maker STAT!
    x
    www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

  • This post has me hankerin for some ice cream. I never thought of making it myself but I will be looking for a machine at the end of summer when they go on sale, now. thanks for sharing.

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  • You have got me wanting an icecream attachment for my Kitchenaid! Even though it is winter here, Brisbane.

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  • I love Ice Cream and making it too!!! I’m glad you had such a great experience making it and they all look soo great! Cereal and milk, way too clever! I picked up Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones book by Bi Rite Creamery and it inspired me to do a series of ice cream flavors. Hope you continue making lots of yummy icy concoctions!

    Diana
    www.thedreameryblog.wordpress.com

  • Yummy ! I need to try !

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana
    http://Sinbowtie.blogspot.com

  • Wow, GREAT post! Thank you for sharing so many recipes to try – I love making ice cream. That took a lot of work! And now you have some awesomely tasty rewards to reap! 😀

  • I really wish I had an ice-cream maker now 🙂
    xx

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  • Ohhhh ma gash. I found an old hand-wind ice cream maker in the pantry at my cottage the other day and I am definitely about to go and make the blueberry cream cheese one. Thanks!!

  • Oh my! It is so out out today and this would be amazing right now! 🙂 I love your creative flavours!

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  • Oh yum! I’m spending my Junior year in Germany starting September 5th and I’ll definitely be using one of two of your dessert recipes to make American food for my host parents.

    Love your blog!

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  • the cereal milk ice cream is so cute!! it would be so great for a kids party, or well, for me to just eat everyday!

  • I definitely have to try this out sometime. ^_^ I’m starting to feel hungry by just looking at the pictures!

  • Oh my god, the pistacio and the rhubarb looks amaaaazing. Now I really want an ice-cream maker!

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  • omg this looks so good and your photos are beautiful 🙂 can’t wait to try!

  • OMG! These ice-creams look super yummy! I’m saving this as one of my favorite posts ever!! I have to try a ll these recipes!!

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  • mmmmmm these look delicious, if only I had an ice cream maker! I’ll have to settle for Ben and Jerry’s!
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  • I love homemade ice cream. I’ve been making mine in the food processor instead of an ice cream maker and it works fine. Definitely have to try these recipes 🙂

  • Oh.My.Gosh. I have to try all of these, especially the bluberry cream cheese!

  • Yum, they all look so good! Especially the dark chocolate one & blueberry cream cheese…. xx

    Kate {Modette}
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  • This looks so yummy. I have an ice machine. Definitely going to try this out!

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  • elsie you’re killing me!! these look DELISH! especially the chocolate one

  • I know a recipe for vegan ice cream if anyone’s interested 🙂
    http://www.wakemeupwithasmile.wordpress.com x

  • Every single one of those looks amazing…I’m wondering which one was your favorite?

  • They all look so delicious! I really have to try it sometime 🙂 Great post!

  • Awesome. And next time you’re in NYC, definitely check out Milk Bar. They have a little outpost in Williamsburg where you can get the cereal milk shake or cone, plus all their amazing cookies and pies.

  • Wow!! They all look so beautiful!! Think I will have to give the dark chocolate one a try!

  • Those look really delicious. Today it is freaking hot here and your post just made me melted :p So yum!!!!

    Thanks for sharing
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  • Wow these looks delicious!! <3
    I made a vegan variant for about 2 – 3 times:
    http://glueckskindsucht.blogspot.de/2012/06/selfmade-mango-ice-cream.html
    http://glueckskindsucht.blogspot.de/2012/07/honeydew-melon-sorbet.html
    Bisous, Luu

  • Wow these look amazing, even thought its pouring down here in the UK im now craving ice cream

    Zoe
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  • Yum! I didn’t know that Kitchenaid made ice cream maker attachments for the mixers. I’m going to get one for sure. Thanks for sharing all the deliciousness.

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  • Pistachio is one of my fav all time ice creams! You are making me drool just reading this lovely post.Rx

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  • Even more reason I should get myself an ice cream maker!!! Check out my latest concoction, German Velvet Goldmine Cupcakes (red velvet cupcakes with coconut-pecan frosting!)
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  • YUM! Such good timing for a ice cream post, I ordered an ice cream maker last week and it should arrive soon 🙂
    The Pistachio and Cream Cheese Ice Cream sounds amazing!

    Thanks for the post Emma

    Becky, K.
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  • So delicious and must share this … Also, I had no idea I could buy an ice cream attachment for my kitchen aide! Nice!

  • Wow!!! This is great. yuuum

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • I am a little obsessed with homemade ice cream at the moment – despite never having made it. Last week I saw someone make ice-cream with 3 ziplock bags, a bucket of ice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. And it only took 20 minutes – Amazing. But your post has just sealed the deal for me – I’m finally off to get myself an icecream machine.

  • Omigosh that cereal milk ice cream looks SO AMAZING! THese all look fabulous Elsie and Emma! 🙂
    Rory
    http://www.wearaboutsblog.com/

  • That all looks delicious! Oh man, I love me some ice cream.

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

  • YUMMMM that looks SO good. I have to try some.
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  • I’ve never heard of cereal milk as an ice cream flavour before, what a fantastic idea!

    Faye x

  • I’ve had my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment for a while now and still haven’t used it, but this is just the kick in the pants I need! We just moved, so things are hectic, but ice cream waits for no one. Lovely post!

  • Everything looks so delicious. I’ve always had a sweet spot for Ice Cream.

  • Yum! We got a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker from my sister in law that works at Williams Sonoma for Christmas. We just started using it a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for the ideas! We get neat kitchen gifts from her but sometimes don’t know what to do or how to use them, like the filled pancake pan and pen she gave us last year. It took me a few months to figure that one out. It’s fun to get kitchen things you normally wouldn’t buy for yourself every Christmas.

  • *le gasp* Those looks amazing! Like ben & jerry’s; but better! Can’t wait to try it… Homemade ice cream is by far the best…

  • These combinations look so delicious!

    Definitely going to save these for use the rest of the summer. I can’t believe it is already almost August.

    xoxohannah
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