Ice Cream

I thought I’d show how we make ice cream these days. It’s an easy dessert to make, and great for kids. They may even help in the cleanup by licking the utensils!

We’ve adopted rice syrup as a sweetener lately. The nice thing about “safe starch” syrup is that the dessert can be made as sweet as one likes, without the health concerns of fructose. With sucrose, I felt obliged to minimize the sweetness.

We’ve also begun to use lemon juice in a lot of our cooking, since the citrate offers a number of health benefits. We’ve come to like the citrus flavor and fragrance in our ice cream too.

With these innovations, our basic formula for ice cream is:

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream. Ideally, the cream should be free of carrageenan, skim milk, or other additives, as discussed in this thread.
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons rice syrup (more can be drizzled on when it’s done to accommodate those with a sweet tooth)
  • 1 lemon (juice and some meat)
  • berries, nuts, and other flavorings to taste

Today we made blueberry ice cream.

Some ingredients:

In the blender, before and after:

The ice cream maker:

This has a neat design: the pot that holds the ice cream is frozen beforehand (which requires 48 hours), and it mounts on a motor and turns. The rest of the ice cream maker is stationary; a stationary paddle churns the mixture as the pot turns.

Here we are pouring in the mixture:

And 15 minutes later it’s done:

And served:

Shou-Ching is the one with the sweet tooth!

UPDATE: Calorie Counts

For those concerned with such things, here’s the calorie breakdown of the ice cream:

Ingredient Carbs Fat Protein
Rice syrup, 2 tbsp 150
Blueberries, 2 cups 170
Egg yolks, 6 246 12
Cream, 1 pint 24 780 16
TOTAL: 344 (25%) 1026 (73%) 28 (2%)

Fructose from the berries represents about a quarter of the carb calories or 7% of total calories.

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  1. Very tasty recipe! I don’t have an ice cream maker and didn’t want to add lemon juice so I made modifications. Here’s what I did:

    1 pint heavy cream
    6 egg yolks
    3 Tablespoons raw honey
    1 tsp. Vanilla

    Mix all that in the blender. Then move to a sauce bowl. Bring to just below a simmer, stirring constantly. If it simmers the egg will curdle so you will have to reblend it. Mine never got thick, so after about 20 minutes on the stove, I poured the mixture into glass bowls and put into the freezer overnight.

    The consistency of my ice cream is more like gelato than ice cream but MAN is it full of flavor! I also made my own chocolate syrup:

    Several large pieces (approx 1/4 a bar) of Baker’s German Semi-sweet chocolate bar
    1 tsp coconut oil
    2 Tablespoons raw honey
    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    butter (didn’t measure the amount – probably about 2 tablespoons)
    cream (also didn’t measure – I guess about 4 tablespoons)

    Yields about 4 ounces chocolate fudge.

    This was, if I say so myself, the best fudge topping for ice cream I’ve ever made. I kept adding ingredients and various amounts until I got the consistency and taste I was looking for.

  2. hello, can someone tell me if this mixture is warmed prior to putting into the ice cream maker to cook the eggs, or is it raw egg in the ice cream. Thanks.

  3. Christine Pilcher

    I have an egg yolk allergy 🙁 any ideas for substituting the egg yolks?

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