There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day. Ice cream is not only a tasty treat, but also something that conjures up feel-good memories. Who doesn’t have good memories of eating ice cream on hot summer days with your friends, weekend cookouts and your friends’ birthday parties? The vanilla and chocolate with the layer of fudge and chocolate crispies?! Come on… Ice cream isn’t made from just sugar and cream, but of magic and memories.
I like to be in the comfort of my own home. There is nothing worse than being in for the night and then having that old familiar ice cream craving, but I have to go out to get it. Now, with the easiest homemade ice cream recipe ever, I don’t have to. You don’t have to either. Being able to make your own ice cream whenever you want from your home is a dream come true.
Honestly, are you able to ever turn down ice cream? You may think to yourself, I’m not going to have any this time. Then, you see it and you smell it, and before you know it, you’ve grabbed a spoon and are enjoying the best ice cream ever.
I have tried making many and this one has been the easiest and best tasting I’ve tried. Not only that, but it takes five minutes of prep time and then five minutes to make it. It’s fast and simple. I like to call it the “Triple Five Ice Cream” because it has five ingredients, five minutes to prep, and five minutes to make. What more could you want from an ice cream recipe?
I prefer Philadelphia style ice cream. All this means is that there is no egg in this ice cream. Typically, ice cream starts with an egg custard, but Philadelphia style does not. It completely changes the ice cream, for the better, which is why I prefer it.
I used to think I needed to be a culinary expert to make great tasting ice cream, but that’s not the case. Once I tried this recipe, I realized it couldn’t be simpler to make ice cream, and then I was hooked. Truly, this is so simple to make. It starts with basic ingredients that most of us have on hand: cream, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. You mix them together and presto, ice cream! Ok, ok, maybe it’s not that simple, but it’s pretty close…
You may see salt as an ingredient and think that’s odd…why am I putting salt in my ice cream? It’s actually one of the most common ingredients. The reason for salt is because it allows the ice cream mixture to get colder. The ingredients of ice cream aren’t just water; technically, there is no straight water in ice cream, so the mixture needs to be below 32 degrees for it to freeze. The salt helps that process happen faster.
This particular recipe does call for an ice cream maker, so be sure to have one on hand before you try this. There are ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, but this isn’t one of them. I think it is much easier to use an ice cream maker, but you can still make ice cream without one. In addition to the ice cream maker, you will need a few other pieces of equipment. These are typical kitchen tools that you most likely already have in your kitchen. You will need a saucepan, a whisk and a freezer safe air tight container.
I’m sure you are now ready to get started and just want to get to the good stuff. See below for step by step instructions for the easiest ice cream recipe ever.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
You do not have to put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill. You can put it directly into the ice cream maker. Either way is perfect. One just allows you time before you actually churn the ice cream.
That’s all there is to it. It is truly that simple to enjoy the best ice cream ever from your own home. Once you’ve mastered this, you can have ice cream on hand in your freezer all the time. Now, the potential for your ice cream is limitless. You can add anything you want, like cookie dough, or any kind of sauce you wish. Once it’s in your bowl, the number of toppings are endless, whether you love the perfect sundae or just a light sauce, you can change it up every time. Don’t forget that ice cream is the perfect addition to any pie or cake. It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it…
This ice cream recipe is everything you hope it will be. It won’t make you young again, but it will certainly remind you of those carefree youthful days. Enjoy this ice cream any time you want it without having to leave your house!