Today, I’m going to share my homemade ice cream recipe collection with you guys! It’s a 4-in-1 package, and you can pick any flavor you love or indulge yourself with a big bowl of mixed tastes. What makes this article valuable is the simplicity of it, for you won’t need an ice cream maker, and the number of ingredients never surpasses five.
- 1 Who invented ice cream?
- 2 Ingredients for Homemade Ice Cream
- 3 How to make homemade ice cream?
- 4 Tips for Perfect Homemade Ice Cream
- 5 FAQs about Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
- 6 Recipes for Sweet Tooth
- 7 4 Homemade Ice Cream Flavors
Who invented ice cream?
The origin is still a mystery
Being one of the oldest desserts in the whole world, the history of ice cream traces back as far as the second century BC, and you see, it’s almost impossible to have a specific name or date for its discovery.
Historians spotted the appearance of ice cream in Chinese cuisine from a poem by Yang Wanli in the 12th century, in which he praised a crispy frozen treat. According to the Italian historian Luciana Polliotti, this kind of dessert had even been around before that, mayhap the 9th century, Chinese people already knew how to build the pits and store ice from winter to summer. (1)
Polliotti also shared more about her analysis: “At the beginning, it was just a frozen, refreshing drink to savor and enjoy, especially in the hot summer months.” Back then, they crushed the ice cubes and mixed them with juices, honey, syrups, and no one could tell for sure where ice cream first originated, as chilled drinks have always been famous in every country.
Still, Italians declared that they would take the credits for the modern ice cream, and they have enough reasons to be confident. Sicily is considered the kingdom of gateaux and ice cream, the chefs here known for the best Granita, the origin of gelato nowadays.
The efforts needed to exploit the ice from the high mountains and preserve it for summer use were more than enough to boost the price of Granita, therefore, the comfort and the health benefits of it were something commoners couldn’t even dream of.
How ice cream became popular
It was between the 1500s and 1600s that a simpler version of Granita came to life. They added eggs, milk, sugar, and even wine to the ground ice, making it thicker and tastier. Milk completely changed the flavor, but it needed a lower temperature to freeze.
Many folks believed that Queen Caterina de’ Medici and Cosimo Ruggieri, an alchemist and astrologer, had brought the new recipe to France, where Chef Francesco Procopio Cutò opened the first ice cream parlor ever. He presented Italian gelato to Paris citizens and spread the reputation of its to the world.
When ice cream makers were invented, homemade ice cream started having a stable position in many families. As people never stopped creating new things and improving what they have got, it’s no surprise how many ice cream recipes without a machine wedge their ways in our daily life.
Ice Cream at Home is Great
I love ice cream, yet keeping things simple – especially in the kitchen – is one of the most important things for me. Furthermore, a homemade recipe allows me to pick the best ingredients and play with the ratios for possible outcomes.
While investing in an ice cream maker is not a bad choice at all, the manufacturer’s directions might be a hassle for you. Therefore, recipes for ice cream without a machine have become more and more popular nowadays, and you can distinguish them from the other genre by the word ‘no-churn’.
Ingredients for Homemade Ice Cream
- Yogurt. Frozen yogurt is oddly satisfying with the mild sourness and the health benefits people wouldn’t expect from ice cream. However, without sugar, yogurt will be frozen into a brick.
- Milk. I believe we need at least 35% fat milk for the ice cream to whip up well. If you can’t find high-fat milk where you live, heavy cream is more than fine! Different countries have different dairy industry, and you should search for more information from the locals before deciding on what to buy.
- Cornstarch. In Sicily, they use cornstarch instead of egg yolks to stabilize the mixture and keep the ingredients together. If you leave the particles freely moving around, they will be chunks of ice rather than smooth ice cream.
- Sugar. Besides the sweetening effect, sugar also lowers the freezing point of the mixture and helps them freeze more easily. Although I only use granulated sugar in my mango ice cream, you will see the other three recipes still include a sugar content from condensed milk.
- Condensed milk. In case you didn’t know, the principle to make condensed milk is evaporating the water content and achieving a thick sweetener plus softener for the ice cream. If you are strict about the sugar content charged to your body, low-fat and even fat-free products are available too.
The alternatives for sweeteners vary, but not all of them are able to caramelize, hence I recommend honey, maple syrup, agave nectar.
In this collection, we will have mango, plain yogurt, strawberry yogurt, and chocolate flavors. I will be giving more tips for each flavor in the printable recipe below!
You can do many things with your homemade ice cream! Get a cone and pile up several scoops of different flavors, or utilize these cold buddies in a pie or sandwich recipe. To me, the only flaw of this treat is you won’t be able to stop after only one bite!
How to make homemade ice cream?
In general, the process for these homemade ice cream recipes is blending the supplies and heating them on low heat until the mixture bubbles lightly before freezing them in the refrigerator. However, there are many ways to perfect the outcome and create special variations.
A metal container will speed up the freezing process for your ice cream tremendously compared to a glass jar (but I have my free time, and the colorful creams look too beautiful through the transparent glass, so why not!). You will also find brilliant inventions like insulated ice cream tubs or paper containers with lids on the internet.
The best toppings for ice cream
I love the contrast between sweetness and sourness or bitterness, so you can choose some of the toppings from my list:
- Crushed candy bars
- Oreo cookies, crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows
- Caramel or chocolate sauce
- Chopped fruits (banana, berries, kiwi, and so on)
Tips for Perfect Homemade Ice Cream
- If you like the ice cream not too firm, use a shallow container instead of tall glasses like mine.
- Don’t forget to cover the containers with a plastic wrapper to prevent the formation of ice crystals.
- Cold condensed milk makes your ice cream soft and easy to scoop. If a recipe calls for condensed milk, you can’t substitute it with another supply.
FAQs about Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
Can I store these ice cream balls?
Many people think their homemade ice cream will last for months, but it’s not the same with store-bought products due to the absence of preservatives. You can store your ice cream for 1 – 2 weeks, any longer and the treat will crystallize.
Is there dairy-free ice cream?
Of course! A combination of coconut milk (full-fat) and vegan condensed milk will ensure the thickness of the mixtures.
Does ice cream need eggs?
Most ice cream recipes contain no eggs. Cornstarch and coconut milk are some vegan alternatives you can consider.
Is homemade ice cream cheaper?
I have tried to take notes of the expenses, and store-bought ice cream costs only a bit more. But we wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun of making an ice cream batch with our healthy supplies, would we?
Recipes for Sweet Tooth
Finally, watch the instruction video before getting your hands busy!
4 Homemade Ice Cream Flavors
Everyone will love your ice cream if you follow my steps and tips carefully! It’s extremely creamy and rich in flavors thanks to the fresh and quality ingredients.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 7 hours
- Category: Ice Cream
- Method: Heating & Freezing
- Mango ice cream
- 160g mango
- 150ml milk (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 5g cornstarch
- Yogurt ice cream
- 125g yogurt
- 20g condensed milk
- 2.5g cornstarch
- Strawberry ice cream
- 125g yogurt
- 20g condensed milk
- 2.5g cornstarch
- 10g strawberry jam
- Chocolate ice cream
- 5g cornstarch
- 300ml milk (fresh, unsweetened)
- 30g cocoa powder
- 40g condensed milk
Mango Ice Cream
- Skin the mango and remove the husk before cutting the flesh into smaller pieces.
- In your food processor, toss the mango with sugar and fresh milk and blend them into a thick paste.
- Pour the paste into a clean pot and whisk it with cornstarch.
- Simmer the mixture on low heat.
Yogurt Ice Cream
We will double the supplies listed in the ingredients section, so we can use half of it for the strawberry ice cream.
- Mix yogurt, condensed milk, and cornstarch. Whisk gently for the ingredients to blend well.
- Cook on low heat before dividing the substance into 2 parts.
Strawberry Ice Cream
- Blend half of the mixture above with strawberry jam.
- Stir the substance slightly and stay calm no matter how pretty you find the pink shade!
Chocolate Ice Cream
- Toss cocoa powder and cornstarch before mixing them with condensed milk and non-sugar milk.
- Let the mixture cook on low heat as well.
Once done, fill the cups or jars of your choice with each of these mixtures and refrigerate them for 6 hours.
- The ripe and juicy mangoes are better for ice cream. Make a mango puree and heat it to reduce the volume by half if you want a smoother, icicle-free texture since the spare water in plain pureed mango is the cause of those ice crystals.
- I haven’t tried strawberry puree, for strawberry puree doesn’t have a strong smell, thus I stick to the jam for enhanced scent and additional sugar to soften the ice cream.
- High-quality cocoa powder is the key to a no-churn delicious chocolate ice cream batch. If your powder has lost its deep brown shade after sitting idle for months, don’t hesitate to replace it with a new pack.
- For ice cream with chocolate milk, you will need to control the sugar content and add heavy cream to ensure a creamy texture.
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