These Homemade Ice Cream Recipes will inspire you with loads of dreamy ideas to help you beat the heat! Ice cream is always a perfect way to cool down at the end of a sultry day. This Ice Cream Recipe Round-Up with Pro-Tips will inspire you with loads of dreamy recipes.

Is your ice cream maker gathering dust in a closet somewhere? It’s time to break it out before fall and winter temps arrive! I’m sharing some of the Best Ice Cream Recipes from the blog plus some winners from blogger friends to get the wheels turning!

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Why You’ll Love Homemade Ice Cream

  • You have complete control over the ingredients!
  • Your ice cream will have no preservatives.
  • Once you get the hang of making your own ice cream, you can create your own flavors!

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Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

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Expert Tips

  • Use quality ingredients for the best results. Real vanilla extract, heavy cream, good chocolate, etc. will make your ice cream taste better.
  • Allow enough time. Your custard will need to be refrigerated overnight before churning.
  • If using an electric churn, make sure the bowl is frozen overnight if that’s what your model recommends.
  • PRO-Tip: Add your flavorings, like vanilla, to the custard at the end so the flavor is more pronounced.
  • PRO-Tip: Adding 2-3 tablespoons of alcohol to your custard keeps your ice cream creamier. Use a liquor or liqueur that pairs well with your ice cream flavor. It does this by lowering the freezing point. It won’t freeze as solid and is less likely to develop ice crystals.
  • If you want to scoop your ice cream, it will perform better if frozen overnight. Freshly churned ice cream is often more like soft-serve ice cream.
  • Add any mix-ins like chocolate, caramel, or chopped cookies, after the ice cream is frozen. And make sure they are in bite-sized pieces.
  • PRO-Tip: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, No-Churn Ice Cream is made with sweetened condensed milk and doesn’t require one!
  • PRO-Tip: Freeze with some plastic wrap pressed against the surface of the ice cream to minimize the chance of freezer burn (which can alter the texture and flavor) and ice crystals forming on the surface.

Ice Cream Recipes from Other Blogs:

If my hubby would have his way, it would be chocolate ice cream, double chocolate ice cream, and chocolate milkshakes. Thank goodness for our children who are a wee bit more adventuresome. But since even my offspring have their limits, I decided to reach out to some fellow bloggers and share some of their creations.

As the heat of summer approaches, I hope you’ll find some delicious inspiration from this roundup of the best ice cream recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. 

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More delicious ice cream recipes from my blogger friends

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Four Main Ingredients Needed to Make Ice Cream?

Milk, Cream, Sugar, and Flavorings. Though I’d also include eggs as they’re vital when making custard ice creams.

What Kind of Milk Do You Use to Make Ice Cream?

Whole Milk and 2% Milk work well. Low-fat milk like 1% and Skim Milk won’t provide enough fat and richness, so they’re not recommended.
The FDA requires plain ice cream to have at least 10% milk fat to be labeled as ice cream. Ice cream with added chocolate, nuts, fruit, etc. must have at least 8% milk fat.

What Are the Different Types of Ice Cream?

French Ice Cream and Custard Ice Cream have a cooked egg custard base. No-Churn Ice Cream is made with sweetened condensed milk that provides a creamy texture utilizing freezing alone. Ice Milk is made without cream and is lighter, and less creamy plus it’s lower in calories.

What Kind of Churns are Available to Make Ice Cream?

There are old-fashioned hand-churned ice cream makers as well as those with motorized churns. Both may require salt and ice. Newer versions have a removable bowl kept in the freezer and placed in the electric ice cream maker along with a paddle to freeze and churn.

How Do You Make Homemade Ice Cream?

For traditional ice cream, you need to make a custard and chill it overnight. Then place it in your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
At this point, the ice cream will be soft and delicious. If you want to make nice scoops to top ice cream cones, the ice cream will need to be frozen until firm, which can take 8-12 hours.

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