Thursday, May 20, 2010

Homemade Ice Cream

As the weather is getting warmer ice cream is on the brain! Well, it is a lot during the colder months too... Anyway, we made some FABULOUS homemade ice cream last Saturday before we went to the drive-in with the kids and watched How to Train Your Dragon (which was such a cute movie) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I did not like...too much potty talk!!) This recipe can be made into any kind of ice cream you feel like at the time...I had some strawberries in the frige leftover from strawberry shortcake and bananas (which is probably my favorite...just plain banana) and so we decided on strawberry banana. So yummy!

Homemade Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
(This isn't the best picture...but trust me this ice cream was HEAVEN!!)
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups (1 pint) half & half
4 cups milk (whole is best but I have used skim as well and it works just fine!)
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups strawberries (I just sprinkled sugar on them and let them sit until the sugar pulled out some of the juices...mine had been in the frige for a couple of days and they needed to be eaten!)

Whip the eggs then add the sugar and mix well. Slowly add the half & half and the whipping cream mixing well. Add vanilla and then pour into ice cream maker and then add the milk. Alternate your ice and rock salt around the ice cream in your mixer and then let it go. Check the ice cream about 30 minutes into it and if it's about the consistency of soft serve ice cream its time to add your "flavors", in this case the bananas and strawberries, but we have used so many different kinds here...oreos, recess', any kind of fruit...we almost did pineapple strawberry banana...that would have been good! Anyway, just use whatever you like! And then turn it back on until it stops about 15-20 more minutes!

We like to serve it in paper or plastic cups with plastic spoons and let the kids go sit outside and enjoy (at least during the warmer weather!) Go ahead and try different flavors and let me know what kinds you try and what are your favorite!  Some of our favorites are: crushed oreo's (whole package!), crushed grasshopper cookies (whole package!), & masehd bananas (2-3) can try anything you'd like!!

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