Ice cream? Yes, please.
My go-to flavors are chocolate chip cookie dough or mint chocolate chip, but I figured those would be a challenge for my first time attempting homemade ice cream. I was super excited when Julie from Fox KRBK asked if I would learn to make ice cream with her! Homemade ice cream seems like a nice thing that grandmothers make for their grandchildren in the summer. I have no grandchildren, but I decided to give it a go it anyway. I used this recipe from Glorious Treats.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk (whole)
- 1/4 cup honey, warmed slightly
- 6 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 large (or 3 medium) fresh peaches
First, we started chopping up the peaches. You're supposed to puree the first peach, and dice the rest. Julie and I used three medium peaches for our ice cream. The recipe recommends you dice the peaches to about the size of a pea, but you can cut 'em up larger or smaller depending on how chunky you want your ice cream to be. Ours was pretty chunky (mmm!)
Then, mix the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl, and whisk. Add in the cream, milk, honey, sugar, and vanilla. Once that is mixed, pour in the peach puree and the rest of the diced peaches, and stir again.
Pour the mixture into the ice cream machine, and follow the instructions on the ice cream maker. If you've never used one (welcome to the club...that I just got kicked out of...because I just learned how to use one), it's easier than it looks! You simply pour the gonna-be-ice-cream into the part of the ice cream maker that looks like a time capsule. We'll call this the ice cream capsule.
Once the capsule lid is tightly secured, turn the machine on, and pour both ice and ice cream salt in between the ice cream capsule and the outside. Then, while you wait for your ice cream to freeze, magic happens. It should take about thirty minutes for the ice cream to be the right consistency.
Annnnnnnd, we did it!! The ice cream tasted really good--I was surprised the homemade version tasted so sweet!
The toppings we added definitely helped to take the peach ice cream to another level. My favorite topping, surprisingly, were the nuts. I'm not normally a big fan of nuts on ice cream, but in this case: yes.
So, I'd consider homemade ice cream a success. If you want to check out the video, click here and jump to 2:50 (unless you want to watch the Springfield, MO local news.) Maybe next time I'll reach for the stars and try chocolate chip cookie dough?!