This easy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe makes the perfect treat on hot summer days! You’ll also find tips for great add-ons and hot fudge sauce recipes!
Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
We still have a lot of summer left and what could taste better than this homemade vanilla ice cream recipe? 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.
Tips For Making This Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- 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: 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
- Yield: 6 quarts
6 eggs (or egg substitute)
3 cups sugar
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
2–3 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. Dream Whip (optional)
- Beat the eggs.
- Add all of the other ingredients except the milk.
- Mix well.
- Pour into the ice cream maker.
- 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.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
- Yield: 3 cups
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
- Mix all of the ingredients except the vanilla into a saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat to a rolling boil.
- Boil 1 minute.
- Remove from heat.
- Add vanilla.
- Serve warm or chilled. Makes 3 cups.
Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
2 (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate squares (total 2 oz.)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
- Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil.
- Turn down the heat and let it cook for just a bit until thickened.
- Remove from heat.
- Let it cool and stir again in about 10 minutes.
- Store in the refrigerator.
If you want to use the whole can of evaporated milk (12 oz.), just double all the other ingredients and use the whole can. This will make about 1 qt. and can be stored in the refrigerator.
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