Nothing screams Summer like ice cream, but you don't have to run to your favorite ice cream shop every time you have a craving. Ice cream makers can be found pretty inexpensively (Cuisinart makes a great one for under $100). After you're up and churning, we've found 11 homemade ice cream treats that will appeal to kids of all ages — and their parents. From gelato-topped cupcakes and ice-cream-stuffed waffle sandwiches to unique recipes that will make your ice cream taste like strawberry Pop-Tarts, oatmeal cookies, or bananas and peanut butter, these treats are sure to add some cool, tasty fun to your Summer! Keep clicking to find your favorite sweet treat.
Have you ever savored creamy, custardy Persian ice cream before? Now vegans and dairy-free dieters can enjoy the dreamy signature blend of saffron, pistachios, and rosewater in this coconut milk-based ice cream. The saffron gives the ice cream a beautiful golden hue; the rosewater imparts a redolent, floral perfume; and the pistachios offer a nice, contrasting crunch to the richness of the coconut milk.
This is a custard-based ice cream, so the final product is exceptionally creamy — but for great texture, pay attention when you are cooking the eggs, since with just a little too much heat it can curdle in a flash. For the chocoholic in me, I added extra chocolate chips to the traditional marshmallows and pecans. Put a smile on your face when you keep reading for the recipe.
Although you can purchase a pint at practically every gas station in America, I prefer to make homemade ice cream. It tastes so much better and once you've mastered the basic technique, it's not that hard to make, as the process is similar for most flavors.
You do need time: the base has to chill before being put into an ice cream maker and the final churned mixture should freeze a couple of hours before serving. To kick-start the series, I've got an amazing recipe for coffee ice cream. Get started on it today and enjoy a bowl or two this weekend. Here's the recipe.