One of our family’s favorite summertime treats is my mom’s famous homemade ice cream! It’s the perfect refreshing treat during the dog days of summer, and it also gives you a chance to highlight the delicious, ripe fruits that are so abundant this time of year. My family loves using fresh strawberries in this recipe, but you could just as easily use peaches, raspberries, blackberries, or whatever your family’s favorite fruit may be! So without further ado, here is my mom’s “Foolproof Homemade Ice Cream” recipe for your summer enjoyment! :-)
Mom’s Foolproof Homemade Ice Cream
2 baskets of fresh raspberries, strawberries or 6-8 peaches (you can use frozen, but fresh is SO much better!)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 quarts half and half
Mash the berries, or peeled and sliced peaches with a potato masher or process in your blender or food processor. Process until a consistency you like. I like my fruit chunks a little bit bigger, so I don’t process/mash them too much. That way when I’m eating it I get frozen chunks of fruit in with my ice cream. (Trust me – it’s heavenly!)
Add all the ingredients to your ice cream maker and churn!
I usually use our larger one-gallon ice cream freezer, and for that I will make a full batch as detailed above. (If you have an ice cream maker that has of capacity of less than one gallon, you’ll want to cut the above recipe in half.) A one-gallon ice cream maker like this will run you about $35.00 or so, and it’s so easy to use. All you do is assemble the freezer (with the ice cream mixture in the canister), plug it in to start it spinning, and layer ice and rock salt up to the top. Keep adding ice, if necessary, until the freezer stops spinning. This means the ice cream is sufficiently frozen. This is such an easy recipe, and barring some unforeseen disaster, you really can’t mess it up.
Allow the ice cream to sit in the ice cream maker until time to serve. Then serve, preferably with a homemade Snickerdoodle cookie. :-)
What’s your favorite summertime treat??
- 2 baskets of fresh berries, or 6-8 fruits
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 2½ cups sugar
- 1½ quarts half and half
- Mash the berries, or peeled and sliced peaches with a potato masher or process in your blender or food processor. Process until a consistency you like.
- Add all the ingredients to your ice cream freezer and churn! Churn in a 1 gallon ice cream freezer. Make half a batch if your freezer is smaller than a gallon.
- Allow the ice cream to sit in the ice cream maker until time to serve.