In the Community July 19, 2020

5-Minute Homemade Ice Cream to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

5-Minute Homemade Ice Cream to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, and the 3rd Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day, thanks to President Reagan.  Therefore it’s only fitting we celebrate with homemade ice cream!

I grew up allergic to milk as a kid, so I never developed a great love for ice cream like most of my family (hence my proclivity for cookies!).  That being said, I succumbed to the family love and bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker for fun a couple years ago.  The ice cream maker “bowl” stays stored in the freezer, and when the mood strikes us, we set it up in the Cuisinart and in 20 minutes we have delicious, fresh ice cream.

My ulterior motive (truth be told!) in taking the time to make homemade ice cream was really to avoid all the artificial ingredients and gums the commercial ice creams use, to use organic ingredients, and to cut back on the sugar.  We tried a lot of different recipes.  All were delicious, but to me, were way too sweet or took too much time cooking and cooling before the mixture even went into the machine.  My goal was to find or create a recipe that we could make in 5 minutes or less, and one that used honey for sweetening. After trying a couple recipes and further tweaking them, here’s my family’s winning recipe that we now have as our spur-of-the-moment, go-to dessert that we often make while preparing dinner, so it’s ready for dessert.  Enjoy!!

Honey Ice Cream

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups whipping cream (get the kind that only has cream in it and no artificial stuff!)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk all together.  Assemble the ice cream maker with the frozen bowl, the paddle and the cover.  Turn on.  Pour the cream mixture into the Cuisinart while it’s running and let it run for about 20 minutes.  It’s done when the ice cream stiffens up on the paddle and still looks creamy but not too soft.  Remove the ice cream into a container and place in the freezer for a couple hours and then serve.

Variations – before you put the ice cream in the freezer, this is the time to mix in cookie dough (follow recipes on the Internet to “cook” the flour and avoid eggs), crushed cookies, crushed candy, or fresh (chopped up) fruit like berries or peaches.  I tried adding a puree of fresh peaches, and although delicious, I don’t recommend adding puree as that makes the ice cream too icy and very difficult to scoop.