Shortly after we we first got married, we got our first ice cream maker; along with it, we got our first ice cream recipe book, which we still have. It’s called “Modern Ice Cream Recipes” by Earl Goldman. One of the recipes contained therein has served us in good stead for all these many years. It’s simple and tasty and less expensive than other recipes. This basic vanilla recipe is built on half & half rather than cream. Aside from the price, one of the big advantages is that almost all modern whipping cream contains additives such as carageenan, guar gum, locust bean gum, and/or polysorbate, while half & half is still just milk and cream with no nonsense.
The book gives measurements depending on whether you want a “large” or “small” quart or gallon. For the sake of expedience, I’m just going to give the recipe for a large quart.
3 cups half & half
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Heat 1-1/2 cups half & half until lukewarm. Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved.Stir in remaining half & half and chill thoroughly. Add vanilla and freeze.
During the freezing process, when the machine is operating, there will come a point when the mix begins to thicken; the motor will get louder and higher pitched as it begins to labor. That is when you want to add your mix-ins, then let the machine continue to mix until it stops turning.
This ice cream is light and flavorful, but if you want a richer texture, you can add an egg. Just lightly beat the egg and add it to the mix before you heat it.
You can easily substitute or add other ingredients if you like; we’ve added crushed Hershey bars, cookies, fresh strawberries and many other ingredients.
A few ideas:
Mint Chip: instead of a tablespoon of vanilla, use 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. mint extract, and add a package of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Thin Mint Cookie: eliminate salt from recipe (the cookies are salty). Crush a package of Girls Scout cookies and add to mix.
Fresh fruit: add strawberries or whatever other fruit you desire. Puree two small baskets of strawberries in a blender and add to mix.