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Our Favorite Ice Cream: 6 Unique Flavors You Can Make At Home

By brooklynsupper |

Image: Brooklyn Supper

Thanks to the Google doodle celebrating the 119th anniversary of ice cream sundaes today, ice cream is a hot topic. And I couldn’t be happier, since making homemade ice cream is one of my favorite pastimes. I like to create my own flavors–especially unique fruit, or salty/sweet combinations. Besides great flavor, homemade ice cream has a lot of advantages, among them, you can tailor the fat or sugar content to your own tastes.

Experimenting  with your own ice cream is great fun, and we’ve got lots of flavor inspiration for you plus our basic ice cream recipe after the jump.

Some of our favorite homemade flavors:

Image: Brooklyn Supper

Basic Homemade Ice Cream
makes 1 1/2 quarts

1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
4 or more egg yolks
tiny pinch of salt
1 – 1½ cups sugar (adjust flavor depending on your sweet tooth)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a large saucepan, combine the cream, milk, salt, and half the of sugar and cook over medium heat. Put the yolks into a small heat-proof mixing bowl and whisk in the other half of the sugar. Just as the cream mixture is starting to steam, whisk one cup of hot liquid, ¼ cup at a time, into the yolk mixture. The goal is the raise the heat of the eggs so they won’t curdle when added to cream. Once the eggs are tempered, slowly whisk into the cream. Stirring constantly, cook over low heat roughly 5 minutes, or until the cream mixture has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Pour into a large bowl, cover, set over an ice bath in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour, but preferably two. Process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions, remove from ice cream maker, and freeze for three hours, or more for a well-cured ice cream.

Image: Brooklyn Supper

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Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell write the blog Brooklyn Supper, dedicated to seasonal ingredients and wholesome home cooking. Read bio and latest posts → Read Elizabeth's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Our Favorite Ice Cream: 6 Unique Flavors You Can Make At Home

  1. Juliane says:

    I still don’t have an ice-cream maker and this recipe makes me want one! I do remember making cinnamon ice-cream with my mom when I was little that was just to die- and we actually did it w/out an ice-cream maker… hmmm. Love your blog! ~Juliane at http://www.StyleNectar.com

  2. brooklynsupper says:

    @Juliane, Cinnamon ice cream sounds wonderful! I know there are plenty of ways to do it without one, but I do love the texture, and ease, that a mechanical one affords. Can’t wait to try your idea–thanks for sharing.

  3. Shauna says:

    The link for the mint choco chip ice cream points to the concord grape ice cream. I’d like to make the mint one though :-)

  4. brooklynsupper says:

    @Shauna, Thanks for the heads up. I just fixed all the links. Fresh mint chip is one of my favorites–hope you like it!

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