When summer approaches and the temperatures start going up, we really start craving homemade ice cream. That ice cream maker has been sitting in the cabinet for way too long, collecting dust, waiting for the opportunity to mix up some new and fun flavors.
Well, it’s time to get churning again! Below we’ve got a collection of some amazing ice cream maker recipes. There’s even one for olive oil ice cream, which you absolutely MUST try to believe. It’s so delicious.
The three of us here at A Food Lover’s Kitchen were debating which was our favorite.
- Angela chose the Peach Ice Cream because it reminds her of childhood.
- Jillian chose Cherry Mascarpone
- I’m sticking with the Olive Oil
» Check out a preview of these ice cream flavors.
How Long Does It Take to Make Ice Cream?
In an ice cream maker, it takes around 20-45 minutes to churn ice cream. This is assuming you’ve already frozen the bowl, which alone can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. If you’re planning to make ice cream in the next day, be sure to put yours in the freeze right now!
Once you place the ice cream mixture into the bowl and started the machine, it takes about 20 minutes for the ice cream to churn and thicken. At this point, you can add extras, like fruit or candy, and continue to churn it to thicken and harden even more.
There is a point at which it’s gotten as hard as it will get and continual churning won’t do any more good. After 40 minutes, the drum will have heated up enough that it won’t continue to freeze the ice cream.
How to Get the Best Results From Your Ice Cream Maker
- Always ensure the bowl is thoroughly dry before freezing.
- Keep the bowl upright in the freezer.
- Ensure your ingredients are refrigerated before making your ice cream.
- Use high quality, high fat ingredients.
- Don’t over churn the ice cream.
- Refrain from using alcohol or liquid ingredients in your recipes, this will inhibit the freezing process.
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream
Most modern ice cream makers, like the ones from Cuisinart, only require you to pre-freeze the bowl (we just keep ours in the freeze all the time), and then you can whip up ice cream in just 20 minutes.
When making ice cream in an ice cream maker like the one above, there are just four steps.
- Mix up your recipe (no more than 4 cups total). It’s best when the mix is chilled before pouring into the machine.
- Take the pre-frozen bowl out of the freezer and put it on the machine. Cover it with the plastic guard. Turn it on.
- Pour the mix into the bowl as it’s churning.
- Check it after 20 minutes. Add any extra at this stage, just before the ice cream is firm enough.
The ice cream is done when it’s firm and set. It can take up to 40 minutes for some recipes. It also varies based on how cold the ingredients were when you added them.
What Ice Cream Maker to Use
If you don’t already have one, you’re probably wondering what homemade ice cream maker to use. I recommend the Cuisinart ICE 1.5-Quart or the larger Cusinart ICE 2-Quart. I’ve used both, but I’m currently using the larger one so we have bigger batches of ice cream each time. It’s very easy to use and it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen.
Basic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
So many recipes start with a good vanilla ice cream base. Then you can add any fruit or additions you wish to the base. Here is a super easy and quick vanilla ice cream recipe to make in your ice cream maker.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 egg yolks
- 2 cups half and half
- 3/4 teaspoon high-quality vanilla
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, salt, and half the sugar. Stir the mixture constantly as you bring it just to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining sugar just until combined.
- To temper the eggs, slowly add 1/2 cup of the milk mixture in a drizzle into the egg mixture. Do this slowly so as not to cook the eggs.
- Pour the entire egg mixture back into the saucepan with the milk mixture. Simmer over medium heat, about 3-5 minutes. Do not boil the mixture.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let cool.
- Pour the cooled custard mixture into a chilled bowl and refrigerate for about two hours until cold. To avoid putting the hot mixture in the refrigerator, you can chill the bowl over another bowl filled with ice for 10-15 minutes to cool it down first.
- When you’re ready to churn the ice cream, add the half and half and vanilla to the custard mixture. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker. Churn until the ice cream is thick, per your ice cream maker’s instructions.
» Don’t have an ice cream maker? No Problem! Try this No-Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream.
22 Creative Ice Cream Recipes
Here are 22 super creative and delicious ice cream recipes you can make in your ice cream maker. These recipes were compiled from expert recipe creators. Click through to see the full recipe. If you’ve made ice cream at home before, you know that sometimes things can go wrong, even when you’ve done everything right. Here is a guide for troubleshooting any issues that might arise while making these ice creams.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should the bowl be kept in the freezer before using for the first time?
Before use, the bowl should be placed in the freezer 24 hrs. in advance. Do not remove the bowl until ready to use.
Do the recipe ingredients need to be cold?
Even a built-in freezer model which is off and running at the flick of a switch, needs the custard, base, creams, and anything else you are going to add to be as cold as possible.
Can I make the recipe with milk instead of cream?
The best ice cream is full of flavor thanks to the richness of the ingredients and needs plenty of fat for it to churn well, this is not the time to skimp. Use full-fat milk or double cream whenever possible.
There are so many fun and unique flavors that go great in ice cream. We just scratched the surface with these recipes. Let your imagination go, dust off the ice cream maker and try a few.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.