It’s mid-May and summer is knocking at the door. After a run of 70-degree weather, then a dip into the 40’s and back again, I think it’s going to be smooth sailing from here on out in my corner of the world. And I can’t get ice cream out of my head. One of my all-time summertime comfort foods is a soft serve cone from the local ice cream stand – a “twist” of vanilla and chocolate, and covered in chocolate sprinkles. I swear, it has the power to make everything right in my world. When I’m not enjoying the neighborhood ice cream, I love to make my own and experimented with a lot of different flavors last year. My ice cream attachment is getting dusted off and is going to be churning out new varieties in the coming days, and in the meantime wanted to share some of my favorite recipes from last summer with you!
Rich, creamy and speckled with vanilla beans, this is the perfect basic vanilla recipe. Eat it plain or top it with your favorite sundae fixings.
Once you have a perfect vanilla ice cream recipe, you need to add an amazing chocolate version to your arsenal. And oh my, this is an amazing chocolate recipe. I have never tasted chocolate ice cream so rich in flavor. Simply amazing.
This one is for all of you chocolate and peanut lovers! Needless to say, if I make it, I will finish the entire batch within a few days. It’s dangerous. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This is a classic vanilla recipe with a fudge ripple swirl and chocolate-covered peanuts mixed in. Amazing, right?
A recipe that is reminiscent of being a carefree kid, as butter pecan is a favorite flavor of in my family. The ice cream tastes like sweet toffee, and the crunch of salty pecans offer a great contrast.
A fabulous Italian ice cream dessert that consists of chocolate ice cream with hazelnuts, pistachio ice cream, and finished off with cherry ice cream that includes maraschino cherries, almonds and flavored with Amaretto.
If you love pistachios, you will absolutely adore this ice cream. Prior to making the custard for the ice cream, ground pistachios are steeped in the milk and cream, then strained. The resulting cream is infused with pistachio flavor; once the ice cream is almost done churning, big chunks of pistachio are mixed in. Delicious!
And a final recipe to give you a jolt of caffeine when you don’t want to brew a pot of coffee. All of the wonderful flavor of coffee in a bowl of ice cream. Starbucks has nothing on this!
My two favorite ice cream-making tools:
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?