Homemade Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Day!
Today, July 15th is National Ice Cream Day! Homemade ice cream and I have a long-standing love affair that goes back to when I was just a little girl. Every summer, my Dad would make homemade ice cream, and I looked forward to it like nothing else. My father made all kinds of ice cream flavors, vanilla ice cream was always a hit, sometimes chocolate ice cream, or peppermint, even coconut. And sometimes he would make ice cream with fresh fruits like strawberry or peach at the peak of the season.
We had an electric ice cream freezer, the kind with a motor on the top, you would put outside in a shady spot on the porch. He’d make the ice cream base, pour it into the container, fill the bucket all the way to the top with ice and rock salt, then turn it on and let it go. The motor would spin, churning and turning the ice cream for what seemed like forever. When it was finally finished, the fantastic frozen fantasy was oh, so good.
To this day, ice cream is synonymous with summer to me, and making homemade ice cream is something I still really love to do. I have a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, with two containers that I keep in the freezer for any time the mood strikes, and it’s a pretty handy kitchen gadget for making ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt or a variety of other cool creations.
I love the simplicity of homemade ice cream, and how, once you have a basic ice cream recipe, the flavor options are pretty much endless. With so many flavor options, you might think making ice cream is difficult, but it’s actually kind of hard to go wrong. I recently read about some pretty sketchy ice cream flavors, like cicada ice cream (yes, it’s actually made with those annoyingly loud, gigantic insects that hang out in trees all summer long). Which just goes to show, that just about anything might taste good when made into ice cream. Since July is “National Ice Cream Month,” I thought I’d kick it off by sharing a few of my favorite homemade ice cream recipes.
How to Make Ice Cream
Modern day ice cream freezers make it easy to enjoy homemade ice cream all year-long. Start with a simple Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. Once you master the basics, you can get really creative with more sophisticated ingredients to create gourmet ice cream flavors that are really fun to explore.
Lemon Olive Oil Ice Cream with Lemon Olive Oil Simple Syrup, Candied Lemon Zest & White Chocolate Covered Almond “Olives”
Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Chocolate Ice Cream
Balsamic Strawberry & Black Cracked Pepper Ice Cream (Strawberry Ice Cream)
Georgia Peach Ice Cream
Lemon Olive Oil Ice Cream
Lavender Fig Ice Cream (Lavender Ice Cream)
Local Honey & Black Garlic Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Happy Ice Cream Making & Eating!