Homemade Ice Cream

We have finally gotten out our ice cream maker in the last few weeks and it has been put to work.  The recent fruits of its labor include fresh mint chip, cherry lime, and snickerdoodle ice cream.  A couple of the basic recipes come from this book.  It’s one of those cookbooks you look through and just drool.  It has your standard recipes.  But, the thing I love is that it also has more nontraditional and gourmet recipes to spice things up.  We made a watermelon mint sorbet last year.  And, I’d really like to try the rhubarb and ginger sorbet sometime soon.  However, we savored the fresh mint chip & cherry lime this year.  The mint, straight out of my backyard, and cherries from our friends Jon & Maile who have cherry trees in their yard made these recipes sublime.

The snickerdoodle ice cream recipe, however, I got from my friend Lisa, sent in a thank you note from their visit to Nebraska a month or so ago.  You can’t get a better thank you than that!:)  It is by far the best, because it’s the EASIEST!  Here’s the recipe…

SNICKERDOOLE ICE CREAM

-1/2 c. baker’s sugar (you can use regular sugar, but the more fine the sugar, the smoother it will be)

-1/2 c. brown sugar

-1/2 t. cinnamon

-1/8 t. nutmeg

-2 c. heavy whipping cream

-1 1/2 c. half & half

-1 t. vanilla

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Pour in the last 3.  Mix well.  Pour into your ice cream maker and operate following it’s instructions.

20-30 minutes later and you’re eating deliciously creamy homemade ice cream.  Gotta love summer!

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