Growing up in Nashville one of the best treats of summer is when my mom and dad would get out the old ice cream freezer and make homemade ice cream. It wasn’t one the fancy types of ice cream freezers we have today that sit on the counter top and churn out summer time goodness in no time flat. No, this was an old fashioned crank model. My mom kept milk jugs in the deep freezer that she had filled with water to have ice just for this purpose. She would get them out and us kids got to break up the ice to fill up the freezer alternating with layers of rock salt until it was filled to the top. While that was going on, my mom was in the kitchen preparing the ingredients.
My mom loved simple ingredients and I still use her basic recipe to this day. This is the basic ice cream recipe. You can add what ever type fruit you like. Our favorites were always fresh picked strawberries or peaches. Chop fruit into very small pieces. Larger pieces tend to clump up in the freezer
- 2 cups milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- dash of salt
Combine all ingredients and mix until sugar is dissolved. Add fruit. Pour into ice cream freezer and prepare per your ice cream makers instructions. Makes about two quarts.
Enjoy the best of summer with some homemade ice cream…