Let’s learn how to make ice cream without the help of any fancy or special equipment at all!
Summertime is just around the corner, and it’s getting so hot that a sweet and cool dessert is always a welcome treat. It’ll be even a hundred times better when you always have a dishful of homemade ice cream in the freezer, ready to be served to your loved ones!
What are the ingredients to make ice cream?
When I was a little child, I usually dreamt of making a lot of ice cream by myself and enjoying it ALL by myself! However, it always seemed difficult to me to make ice cream when I looked at the long list of ingredients written on the back of store-bought ice cream packages.
It was not until I was 10 that my mom came up with the idea of making ice cream at home with just 3 ingredients and happily showed me the wonderful result she made. Her recipe is exactly what I am showing you today!
Heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract are everything you need to make this wonderful frozen delight. It leaves an amazing and silky-smooth taste in my mouth just as any store-bought ice cream that I’ve tried!
What are the best ice cream mix-ins?
Of course, I did not stop with the original ice cream recipe my mom showed me. Because the base ice cream goes perfectly well with other mix-ins like fresh fruits and nuts, I couldn’t stop playing around with them and came up with numerous fantastic versions! Here are some of my proudest ones:
Flavorful peach ice cream: I absolutely love peaches! These delightful fruits add pleasurable sensations and sweet tastes of summer to your frozen treat.
For this easy peach ice cream, you only need to puree 6 diced peaches, whisk them into the mixture in step 2 of the recipe (instead of adding Oreo) and do the same in the remaining steps.
Incredible brownie fudge swirl ice cream: Dear brownie and chocolate lovers, this ice cream is for you! The winning combination of brownie and hot fudge sauce creates that amazing chocolatey taste that you’ve adored since you were a kid.
To put it together, simply combine small brownie chunks and hot fudge sauce to the mixture after condensed milk and vanilla extract are mixed in. Then, do as the instruction show.
Pistachio ice cream: This easy recipe of pistachio ice cream also requires no cooking, just blending and stirring. Pistachios, one of the most loved nuts, not only significantly enhance the flavor of the ice cream, they bring a lot of health benefits that include improving heart health, managing weight and boosting immunity.
Similar to the above recipes, ground pistachios are added in the second step as a mix-in. The remaining steps are followed the same.
How do you make 5-minute ice cream?
Have you ever heard of 5-minute ice cream? Does it sound pretty much impossible? Well, it wasn’t until I made it that I finally busted the myth myself. Although the result is not as perfect as that made with my mom’s recipe, the process is definitely fun!
So, let’s put mom’s recipe aside and give this one a try, shall we?
Here are all you’ll need:
- 1 cup milk or half-and-half
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup Kosher or rock salt
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 gallon Ziploc bag
- 1 quart Ziploc bag
- 1 towel
First, combine milk or half-and-half, vanilla extract, and sugar into the quart Ziploc bag, seal it tightly. Next, place salt and ice in the other bag, followed by the smaller bag. Make sure the smaller bag gets buried in the ice and both of the bags are closed tightly.
Here comes the fun part. Since it will be very cold, use the towel to hold the bag and shake as hard as you can! After 5 minutes of vigorous shaking, the mixture should harden and reaches the consistency of ice cream.
Now, open the bag, add your favorite mix-in and eat it straight out of the bag!
That’s it for today’s homemade ice cream. I hope you love this wonderful frozen treat as much as I do. Cheers!
How to make Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
- 1 can (nearly 2 cup) sweetened condensed milk, chilled
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup crumbled Oreo cookies OR your favorite mix-in optional
- Place the heavy cream in a large bowl and use an electric hand mixer to whip it until stiff peaks form.
- On low speed, mix in the condensed milk and vanilla. Use an egg whisk to mix in the Oreo cookies.
- Pour the mixture into a container (I used a ceramic dish) and cover the surface with plastic wrap.
- Freeze for at least 6 hours, or until firm. Keep stored in the freezer.