Summertime Ice Cream

 

summertime ice cream flavors

Nothing screams summertime to me more than homemade ice cream. Growing up, I lived on the same dirt road as my grandparents and many of my aunt, uncles, and cousins. We met at my grandparents house almost every weekend during the summer for ice cream gatherings. We would have four or five churns of ice cream, and it brings back such wonderful memories of time spent with my family. My cousins and I would run around, barefoot, catching lightening bugs while the men were in one circle talking and the ladies in another. There was always laughter, and I don’t think I understood just how blessed I was to grow up in that environment until many years later.

Our old six-quart freezer had been on its last leg for a few years until last summer when I finally threw it away.  I decided to try something different this year. Instead of purchasing another large ice cream churn I bought a 1 1/2 quart Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream and Gelato Maker. I have eyed it for several years and finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago.

This ice cream maker is so simple to use. There is no ice, you don’t have to pre-freeze the bowl, and most of the ice cream recipes that I have tried freezes in about 30 to 45 minutes. I am having a blast making new and delicious ice cream flavors!  Here are a few of our favorites.

The cinnamon ice cream is great with chocolate sauce or bananas foster. Try serving the coconut ice cream with chocolate sauce and toasted sliced almonds. You may substitute lower fat ingredients in these recipes but keep in mind this will result in a less creamy dessert and may also change the flavor somewhat. Substituting artificial sweeteners is also a way to cut down on the calories. These recipes are for 1 1/2 quart ice cream makers, but you may be able to adjust the ingredients for a bigger freezer.

Ice Cream for 1½ qt. ice cream makers
 
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Ingredients
  • Ice Cream Base:
  • 2 c, heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • pinch salt
  • Cinnamon Ice Cream:
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Coconut Ice Cream:
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 1 (6-oz.) pkg. fresh frozen coconut
  • Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
  • ¾ c. Nellie & Joe's Key West Lime Juice
  • 1 to 2 drops green food coloring, if desired
  • 1 c. crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ to 1 tsp. peppermint extract, to taste
  • 3 drops green food coloring, if desired
  • 2 oz. Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate bar, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk cream, milk, sugar, and salt together until sugar dissolves completely.
  2. For Cinnamon Ice Cream:
  3. Add vanilla and ground cinnamon to ice cream base and whisk until mixed well. Pour into the container of ice cream freezer and follow manufacturers directions for freezing. Serve or store in an airtight container in freezer.
  4. For Coconut Ice Cream:
  5. Add extracts and coconut to ice cream base and mix well. Pour into the container of ice cream freezer and follow manufacturers directions for freezing. Serve or store in an airtight container in freezer.
  6. For Key Lime Pie Ice Cream:
  7. Add lime juice and food coloring to ice cream base, mix well. Pour into the container of ice cream freezer and follow manufacturers directions for freezing. Five to ten minutes before mixing has completed add in the crushed graham crackers and allow the crackers to mix in completely. Serve or store in an airtight container in freezer.
  8. For Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:
  9. Add extracts and food coloring to ice cream base and mix well. Pour into the container of ice cream freezer and follow manufacturers directions for freezing. Five to ten minutes before mixing has completed add the chopped chocolate and allow the chocolate to mix in completely. Serve or store in an airtight container in freezer.

Chocolate Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. hot water
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk in hot water and place over medium-high heat. Add butter and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract. Serve warm.

 

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A FEW of my FAVORITE Summer Recipes!

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I have mentioned many times in the past that I have seasonal recipes.  I love chicken and dumplings, apple pie, and soup, but I usually prepare those dishes in the fall and winter.  Salads are a favorite of mine, along with lemonade and ice cream.  Those dishes are generally reserved for the summertime.  I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes, already on NJSD, that I prepare throughout the summer months.  To see the recipes, click on the recipe names below.  Enjoy!

 

Strawberry & Blueberry Salad with Almonds

On of my all-time favorites, this salad is amazing!

 

Snapper Hemingway

If you are a fish lover you must try this dish!

 

Mango Salsa

This salsa compliments just about any grilled poultry, meat, or fish wonderfully!

 

Apricot-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Delicious every time!

 

Strawberry Lemonade

A refreshing treat for hot summer days!

 

Smoky Gouda Grits and Shimp

My new favorite summer dish!

 

Fruit with Wine and Mint

Customize this with fruit of your choice!

 

Garlic Grilled Tomatoes

I pick up Roma tomatoes every time I’m in the store, during the summer, to be prepared to make these!

 

Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Ginger Glaze

FAB-U-LOUS!!

 

Peach Ice Cream

Summer would not be complete without homemade ice cream!

 

 

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Last Friday Savannah and I went to Ann’s pool for the day.  The weather was perfect, relaxing on a float was awesome, and the company was great.  One of our many conversations was about homemade ice cream and we compared recipes.  By the time we left the pool I had a huge craving for  homemade ice cream. If you’ve ever had homemade ice cream then you know there is NO substitute for homemade ice cream. Beth had told me about a recipe that her sister-in-law makes that I remembered seeing on Pinterest.  I thought I’d use Father’s Day as an excuse to try it.  This ice cream was so easy, only three ingredients and you might just mistake it for a Wendy’s Frosty!

 

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (14-oz.) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8-oz.) container Cool Whip
  • ½ gallon chocolate milk
Instructions
  1. Mix Eagle Brand milk, Cool Whip, and half of the chocolate milk in a blender until mixed well. Pour into freezer container and add remaining chocolate milk. Follow ice cream freezer instructions and mix until firm.
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