Homemade ice cream is delicious and surprisingly easy. With just 20 minutes of prep, create frosty treats ready for cones, floats, and more -- or use our ideas for your favorite store-bought flavor!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
Makes 1 1/2 quarts
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and salt until blended. Gradually whisk in milk.

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  • Cook over medium, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until custard thickens slightly and evenly coats back of spoon (it should hold a line drawn by your finger), 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl set over ice. Stir in cream. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until chilled. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to a resealable plastic container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours (or up to 3 months).

Variations

Pick your flavor: Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Ginger, Coffee, or Orange.

Reviews (7)

8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
08/06/2017
Skim milk? Seriously? What is the point of that?
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07/22/2009
which ice cream machine do you recommend?
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06/24/2009
My grandmother used to take the frozen ice cream and beat it until it was soft again, doubling in size, then re-freeze. Lighter, fluffier, creamier and delicious.
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06/23/2009
What adjustments would I make (if any) to the maximum heat of the custard at 7000 feet altitude? Thanks!
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06/23/2009
Unfortunately, you overheated your custard mixture. The maximum temperature for custard is 160 degrees F. Just when it begins to thicken, you are THERE! Take it off the heat immediately. Chef Carol, Sizzleworks Cooking School
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06/23/2009
What did I do wrong- mine turned into curdled scrambled eggs?!
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06/22/2009
Hi! Where can I find the red and white striped ice cream cups that Martha served this ice cream in on the Today show segment? Thanks!