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Make Ice Cream
Mix your base
It's easy to make a wide variety of ice cream flavors by starting with a good vanilla ice cream base. Cream-based ice cream is a bit icier and lighter than custard-based ice cream. This recipe will make one quart of ice cream, so double it if you want more.
Mix up the following ingredients in a saucepan:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream
Heat until the sugar dissolves
Place the saucepan over medium high heat and heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until the sugar completely dissolves.
Chill the mixture in the refrigerator
Pour the cream base into a bowl, cover it, and place it in the refrigerator to cool down for an hour or two.
Freeze the ice cream in an ice cream maker
Pour the chilled base into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on what type of ice cream maker you have, the freezing process might take one or more hours.
When the ice cream is partially frozen, add your favorite mix-ins to flavor your ice cream. A vanilla base tastes wonderful with just about any type of fruit, candy or nut.
Add a cup (more or less to taste) of one or more of the following:
- Sliced strawberries
- Chopped cherries
- Chopped peaches
- Chopped chocolate bar
- Chopped candy bar
- Butterscotch chips
- Shredded toasted coconut
- Peanut butter
- Candied pecans
- Chopped pistachios
Finish freezing the ice cream
Turn the ice cream maker back on to finish the freezing process, then put the ice cream in the freezer for about 3 hours to firm it up. Enjoy your ice cream once it's frozen solid and creamy.