Sweet Cream Ice Cream
Let the natural, sweet flavor and creamy, smooth consistency of dairy shine in this simple, yet delicious French-style, custard-based Sweet Cream Ice Cream. Then use it as a base to create the cherry variation, or flavors of your own.
Each ingredient plays an important role in successful homemade ice cream. Check out our Ice Cream Ingredient Primer for more information.
Whisk together egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar in a bowl until thick and pale yellow.
Heat milk, half-and-half, and remaining ½ cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until steam rises. Gradually add half the hot milk mixture to yolks, whisking constantly. Add yolk mixture to remaining hot milk mixture in saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook mixture 5–8 minutes, stirring constantly.
Strain ice cream base into a bowl and cool in an ice bath. Cover bowl; chill 4–12 hours. Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions. Store ice cream in a covered airtight container in the freezer.
Cherry variation: Heat 2 cups frozen tart cherries, 1 cup sugar, and ½ cup hot water in a saucepan over medium-high. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce liquid to 1 cup; stir cherry reduction into warm milk mixture (omitting ½ cup sugar in Sweet Cream Ice Cream recipe); continue cooking according to recipe directions. During last few minutes of churning, add ½ cup chopped tart cherries.
Learn about the importance of each ice cream ingredient with our Ice Cream Ingredient Primer.
To avoid curdling, temper the egg yolks by slowly adding some of the steaming milk mixture while whisking constantly.
Gently cook (don't boil) the custard until it thickens and coats a spoon, leaving a trail that doesn't quickly disappear.
Per ½ cup (made with half-and-half)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 92mg 30%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Carbs 17g 5%
Fiber 0g 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.