Homemade Fresh Fruit Ice Cream

homemade ice cream

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! :-)

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Mom’s Foolproof Homemade Ice Cream


  • 2 pints fresh raspberries or strawberries, or 6-8 fresh peaches
  • 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 pulse them in your blender or food processor until they reach a consistency you like. (I prefer not to mash the fruit up too much — I like bigger chunks of fruit in my ice cream!)

homemade ice cream

Combine the fruit, lemon juice, sugar, and half and half, then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn.

homemade ice cream

You can serve the ice cream as soon as it’s done churning, but I recommend transferring it to one or more containers and freezing it for an hour or so to let it firm up a bit more.

homemade ice cream

Dig in and enjoy!

What’s your favorite summertime treat??

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Foolproof Fresh Fruit Ice Cream Recipe

Jill Nystul
My mom's homemade ice cream is the perfect refreshing treat during the dog days of summer, highlighting the delicious fresh fruits that are so abundant this time of year!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Churn Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 343 kcal


  • Ice cream maker
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 2 pints strawberries or 2 pints raspberries, or 6-8 peaches
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 quarts half and half


  • Mash the fruit with a potato masher (or process in a blender or food processor) until it reaches your desired consistency.
    Ice Cream Maker
  • Combine the fruit, sugar, lemon juice, and half and half, then pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn.
    Ice Cream Maker
  • Freeze the finished ice cream for one hour before serving.
    homemade ice cream


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Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 2gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 429IUVitamin C: 51mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 0.4mg

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  • What size are the 12 ice cream servings—1/2 cup, 3/4 cup, or 1 cup etc. I see the nutritional info but it doesn’t say the serving size. Thanks ahead of time!

    • Hi Cindy – I’m actually not sure, the serving size is just 1/12 of the total recipe. If I had to guess, I’d say it’s probably about 1/2 cup. :-)

  • Thanks for this…I bought a smaller unit last spring and an extra tub. There’s only two of us, so it’s definitely enough. Your Mom’s recipe is easy and I’ll try it. With experimenting, I have gotten down to 2 pints whipping cream-whipped to foamy and 1 can sweetened condensed milk as my base. Easy, we love it.

  • Reminds me of what I remember of my beloved granny’s ice cream recipe and process – she passed years ago, so I am grateful to have “stumbled” across this blog. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

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