How to Make Ice Cream:
Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

How to make ice cream is pretty easy to learn. Homemade ice cream recipes, although they come in so many flavors, are all variations on two basic kinds of recipes.

Custard ice cream

Also known as French ice cream, custard ice cream is made from crème anglaise: a cooked custard of eggs, cream, milk and sugar. This takes concentration and, preferably, a candy thermometer. (This also avoids the potential health hazards of raw eggs.) The extra effort is definitely worth it – custard ice cream is sumptuously smooth and rich.

The two recipes below can both be used on their own as vanilla ice cream, or used as a base for other recipes.

Philadelphia-style ice cream

Also known simply as American-style ice cream, this is a no-cook ice cream. A combination of cream, sugar and flavorings, this simple concoction usually requires no eggs and very little time. Simply mix the ingredients and pour in the ice cream maker. It makes a light base that is just right as the backdrop to other intensely flavored ingredients like cookie crumbs or fruit.

When to flavor your ice cream

Flavorings like vanilla beans, mint leaves or ginger root are best left to infuse in the hot milk.

Vanilla essence, chocolate liqueur or other liquid flavorings should be added once the custard has cooled, but before you chill it.

Add fresh fruit when the base has chilled. If you simply mix in pieces of fruit, you'll get frozen fruit chunks in your ice cream. If you want a fruit-flavored ice cream, however, mash ripe fruit and sprinkle a little sugar over it, to draw out the juices. If you prefer a smoother texture, run the fruit through the blender before mixing it in.

Other ingredients, such as nuts, chocolate chips, bits of cookies, should be added to the ice cream maker when the ice cream has reached a soft-serve consistency (usually almost the end of the process).

Ripening your ice cream

When the ice cream maker is done, the ice cream should have the consistency of soft-serve. You most certainly could eat it right out of the machine, but if you want it to have the consistency of real ice cream, you have to allow it to ripen in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours. This also allows it to develop a fuller flavor.

Now that you've mastered how to make ice cream, you're ready to tackle all the different flavors!

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