Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
We still have a lot of summer left and what could taste better then homemade vanilla ice cream? It’s fun for the kids to make and it’s great to serve at a barbecue, when company comes for dinner or just because you want to! Homemade ice cream is so easy to make and it’s something different from the typical snack.
Homemade Ice Cream Tips:
- When possible, mix the ingredients ahead of time and chill in the fridge. You don’t have to do this but it does seem to speed things up a little.
- You can add any variety of extras to this basic vanilla ice cream recipe, like: Puree peaches or strawberries, chocolate chips, cherries, Andes mint chips, peanut butter chips, etc. I prefer to make plain vanilla ice cream and let everyone add his or her own things to it.
- You don’t have to be afraid to modify this recipe. You can freely adjust it to what you prefer. For example, you can replace part of the milk with extra half and half or use a container of heavy cream. The more cream you use, the creamier the homemade ice cream will be. This recipe is a pretty good balance of tasty but not too rich and it is less expensive than using a huge amount of cream. I recommend trying the recipe as it’s written and then, if you’d like to adjust it, do that the net time you make it.
- I like to add the Dream Whip because it gives the homemade vanilla ice cream a different kind of smooth and creamy texture. If you can’t find it, the ice cream is still delicious without it. You can usually find Dream Whip at the store where they have the things like no bake cheesecakes and puddings.
- If you have a 2 quart ice cream maker, divide all the ingredients by 3 and that will make just the amount you need. These measurements don’t have to be exact. For example, to make things easier, you can use 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 can of evaporated milk for a 2 quart ice cream maker or use half and half in place of all or part of the milks.
- Never fill the ice cream can all the way full. You need some open space for the whipping action and to allow room for the ice cream to whip up fully.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
6 eggs (or egg substitute)
3 cup sugar
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
2-3 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. Dream Whip (optional)
Beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients except for milk and mix well. Pour into ice cream can and add enough milk to bring the mixture 2/3 of the way up the can. Proceed according to your ice cream maker instructions. Makes 6 quarts.
This first hot fudge recipe is from our Dining on a Dime Cookbook.
Hot Fudge Sauce I
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup margarine or butter
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix all ingredients except vanilla into a sauce pan. Heat to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serve warm or chilled. Makes 3 cups.
Hot Fudge Sauce II
2 (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate squares
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk*
Melt chocolate and margarine in sauce pan. Add rest; bring to boil and turn down and let cook for just a bit until thicken. Remove from heat, let cool and stir again in about 10 minutes. Store in fridge.
*If you want to use the whole can (12 oz) of evaporated milk just double all the other ingredients and use the whole can. This will make about 1 qt. and can be stored in fridge.
For more quick and easy recipes like these, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!