Today is the day. My son Clark and his lovely bride Jessica are getting married. We are so excited and can hardly believe the day has arrived. I thought today’s recipe was pretty appropriate because this is probably what we are doing right now…..
Yes, that would be melting. It is suppose to be 115 degrees today in Phoenix. I am not sure this Northwest, use to 70 degree summer days girl is going to be able to handle this!!
I am just going to keep thinking about this yummy vanilla ice cream and it will keep me cool. Maybe I’ll even find me some Arizona ice cream to help cool me off!!
Last week I posted a recipe for some pretty delicious Key Lime Pie Ice Cream. I mentioned that I used my basic vanilla recipe as the base. Several of you asked for the recipe which I thought was on the blog. After 5 years of sharing recipes it is sometimes hard to remember which recipes I have shared and which I haven’t. Guess I hadn’t shared this one so today I am fixing that problem.
I have to admit, when it comes to ice cream flavors, I love me some good vanilla ice cream. Call me plain jane, call me boring but I love vanilla ice cream. The key to really good vanilla ice cream though is to use a high quality, pure vanilla. None of that imitation stuff.
Every once in a while though I get a little adventurous. I go for chocolate chip ice cream! Living on the edge here.
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
For this homemade version of chocolate chip ice cream I just used the basic vanilla ice cream base and once the ice cream was set up I tossed in about 1 cup of mini chocolate chips. I prefer the minis over the full size. Sometimes you end up with too much chocolate otherwise and you don’t want to overpower the beauty of the vanilla.
And then when I am feeling really wild I go for a Cookies & Cream version!
Cookies & Cream Ice Cream
For this version all you need are some crushed up Oreo cookies or the chocolate cream cookie of your choice. Again, for my 2 qt. recipe I use about 1 cup of crushed cookie. I also crush up a cookie or two to sprinkle on top.
The possibilities are pretty much endless here. Thinking some candy bar in the ice cream would be pretty tasty too. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Are you a plain jane vanilla girl like me??!
- 1½ C whole milk
- 1½ C sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ C half & half
- 1½ Tbsp pure vanilla (use the good stuff)
- 2 C whipping cream
- For variations: add in 1 c mini chocolate chips or 1 c crushed Oreo cookie
- Mix together all ingredients and pour into 2 qt. ice cream maker.
- Follow manufacturer's directions.
- After ice cream has set up, stir in add in (mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies etc.)