Homemade Ice Creams

Dessert,In Season,Recipes,Summer
July 1, 2007

Ice cream, gelato, sherbert and sorbet are all on our summertime dessert menu this year.

Homemade Ice Cream

The bad news? Hand-cranking ice cream on the front porch on a lazy summer day is history. The good news? Creamy, homemade ice cream can be yours everyday with minimal effort and equipment.

Today’s electric ice cream makers are available everywhere and cost less than 50 bucks. Most of them operate the same way—with a freezer canister that contains water (that is frozen). We keep ours in the freezer at all times, so it’s always ready to use. Once the ice cream mixture is poured into the canister, it’s placed on a base, which turns the canister, allowing the plastic arm inside to “churn” the ice cream.

We love our ice cream straight from the canister like soft-serve, but it does benefit from a stay in the fridge to harden it up (especially if you want discernable scoops).

The good news? You probably have most of the ingredients on hand. The bad news? You’ll probably have to share.

By Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, food writers in Colebrook, Conn.


lemon sherbet

Lemon Sherbet

Pair this lively sherbet with fresh berries or crisp cookies.

raspberry sorbet

Raspberry Sorbet

Just a touch of lime juice brings out the bright berry flavor.

chocolate ice cream

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

Remember the chocolate malts of your youth? Turn them into an ice cream flavor.

Banana Gelato

It's creamy, it's sweet, and it's banana -- what could be better?

blueberry ice cream

Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

Crumbled pieces of blueberry pie are churned into a blueberry-flavored custard.


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