Homemade Ice Cream

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Such a strange post to be writing in the middle of a frigid and snowy Chicago winter.  I’m not sure what inspired me to whip up several batches of homemade ice cream the other day, but I did it and I’m sure happy I did.  I’m not a huge sweets guy but when someone asks for me to bring a dessert to a party, homemade ice cream often comes to mind.  It’s not everyday that people bring homemade ice cream and that’s what makes it special, even if it is just a few simple ingredients and even simpler preparation.  As long you have some sugar, cream, a few mix-ins and an ice cream maker, you’re set.  I use a pretty basic ice cream maker – Cuisnart Stainless Steel – about $90 at most stores or online.  Minor investment for a product that produces superior ice cream time after time.  Even more worth it when the thermometer reads well above zero.

At any rate, I made two basic ice creams.  There are more complicated recipes out there, that involve creme anglaise, but I opted for a more straightforward and uncomplicated approach.  The result is still a super rich and creamy ice cream that far exceeds anything you can buy in the store.  Sunshine or clouds.  Green grass or snow covered grounds.  Frozen sidewalks or fry an egg on the asphalt.  Homemade ice cream is great in any season.

Start with a good quality cocoa powder.

Start with a good quality cocoa powder.

Add your sugars...

Add your sugars…

 

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White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Ice Cream

White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Ice Cream

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream

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  • Yield: 10 – 12 half cup servings
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients:

  • White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/8 cup sugar
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Ice Cream
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and sugars.
  3. Add the milk and whisk for several minutes until sugars dissolve.
  4. Whisk in heavy cream and vanilla.
  5. Turn ice cream maker on, pour in mixture and churn for 20 minutes until thickened.
  6. Add white chocolate chips and churn for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from ice cream maker and freeze until ready to eat.
  8. Remove from freezer and let soften for 15 minutes on the counter before serving.
  9. Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  10. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  11. Whisk in heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  12. Turn ice cream maker on, pour in mixture and churn for 20 minutes until thickened.
  13. Add chocolate chips and churn for another 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from ice cream maker and freeze until ready to eat.
  15. Remove from freezer and let soften for 15 minutes on the counter before serving

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