Video: Make your own ice cream
Recipe: Easy ice cream
Homemade ice cream is delicious and surprisingly easy. With just 20 minutes of prep, create frosty treats ready for cones, floats, and more — or use our ideas for your favorite store-bought flavor!
- 8 large egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 cups skim milk
- Choice of flavoring (below)
- 2 cups heavy cream
What to do: In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and salt until blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook over medium, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard thickens slightly and evenly coats back of spoon (it should hold a line drawn by your finger), 10 to 12 minutes. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl set over ice. Stir in cream. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until chilled. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer ice cream to a resealable plastic container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours (or up to 3 months).
Pick your flavor:
Coffee: After step 2, stir 1/2 cup crushed espresso beans into custard. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Ginger: After step 2, stir a 2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks, into custard. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Orange: After step 2, stir 6 strips orange zest into custard. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Chocolate: In step 1, stir 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder into egg-yolk mixture before adding milk.
Vanilla: After step 2, stir 1 vanilla bean (split and scraped) or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract into custard. If using bean, cover custard and let stand 30 minutes.
Strawberry: Mash 4 cups sliced strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar and let stand 10 minutes. Add to ice cream as it churns in ice-cream maker.
Makes 1 1/2 quarts; prep time: 20 minutes; total time: 50 minutes plusfreezing
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