With summer on its way, Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream is a custard-style vanilla frozen treat the entire family will enjoy.
Written in her beautiful cursive script on a simple white lined note card, Barbara keeps it in our grandma’s wooden recipe box. However, several years ago, she typed up a dozen of Grandma Kuhn’s recipes for my sisters and me so that we all have copies for ourselves.
Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream
This vanilla ice cream recipe is the only one you will ever need. Our grandma called it Cooked Ice Cream as it is an egg-based mixture that you need to cook on the stovetop.
Be sure to temper the egg mixture before adding it to the hot milk mixture to prevent cooking the beaten eggs.
When it comes to what ice cream maker should you use, oh, there are so, so many options! Barbara uses one of the small countertop models but growing up we had one of those great electric wooden bucket ice cream makers that dad packed full of ice and salt as it cranked away.
Grandma's Vanilla Ice Cream
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 3 ½ cups sugar
- 1 gallon milk
- 8 to 10 eggs beaten
- Vanilla to taste up to one Tablespoon
- 1 pint half and half or heavy whipping cream
- Mix flour and sugar.
- Put 1 quart of whole milk in saucepan on stove to warm.
- When hot, add sugar mixture, stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.
- Add beaten eggs to hot milk mixture, tempering the egg mixture first to prevent cooking the beaten eggs.
- Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens like a custard.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- Once cooled, add vanilla to taste - up to 1 Tablespoon.
- Add to ice cream freezer insert.
- Add pint of cream or whole milk to about an inch from the top.
- Freeze per the instructions for your ice cream freezer.
- Eat right away or freeze to get a firmer texture.
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