Homemade Ice Cream

One of the things on my 23 things list was to make homemade ice cream and I finally got around to it this weekend! Speaking of the 23 things list, I have just over a month to complete it and I think I'm only about half way! I better get on it!!

I can't remember where now, but somewhere on the internets I found a recipe for homemade ice cream that didn't require an ice cream maker.. which was perfect considering we don't have one! It was super easy and really good!!! {and a little messy because while I was making it Josh turned the water to the whole house off to fix a busted hose... I didn't think it would matter but it's a little hard to make anything, especially working with sticky ingredients, without having running water! But don't worry, I made it, and I even managed to help Josh replace the hose in the process! Just call me Miss Multi-tasker!}

So anyway, here's what you need:


Makes: 1 quart
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Just FYI, 1 quart of heavy whipping cream will make enough cream for 3 quarts of ice cream.

ice cream

I made mocha, chocolate, and peanut butter with mine! The original recipe I had was for vanilla, but it called for a certain type of white chocolate chips that I couldn't find, so I improvised!

First I made peanut butter and since for some unknown reason we don't have any peanut butter in this house at all, I microwaved some of these with a little milk until it came out a slightly runny peanut buttery consistency:


For the mocha, I used these to give it the mocha flavor:

chocolate and mocha

I was going to just use an instant coffee mix, but we don't drink plain coffee around here, so I figured the cappuccino mix would get used otherwise, while an instant coffee mix would just sit in the pantry until the next time we made ice cream.

And for chocolate, I just used the chocolate syrup.

Here's how you make it:

Mix the condensed milk, salt, vanilla, and sour cream until well combined. Add to it....

For peanut butter flavor: I really have no idea how much I added. I would say with regular peanut butter a couple tablespoons would do. If you're melting peanut butter chips, maybe 1/4 cup, melted in the microwave. I just added it until it tasted peanut buttery enough :)

For chocolate flavor: Add 5-6 tablespoons of chocolate syrup {or more if you like.}

For mocha flavor: Mix a BIG spoonful of coffee/cappuccino mix with a tablespoon of water to create a coffee/cappuccino liquid mixture, along with a squirt of chocolate syrup.

Mix your heavy whipping cream on high until it becomes stiff {about 3-4 minutes}. Mix the cream into your condensed milk mixture. Place in an airtight container and freeze for about 4-6 hours before serving!

The result: delicious creamy ice cream! I was actually pretty surprised by it. I was half way expecting it not to turn out well, but it was smooth and creamy. The peanut butter was my favorite, but they were all good and my mom and Josh also liked them!

A perfect summer recipe! YUM!