Simple Ice Cream

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Should I feel bad that I took the easy way out today? Is it a cooking sin to bypass your Grandmother’s recipe for homemade ice cream in favor of a simpler one? I found a recipe card my Grandmother Marcia typed some time ago. Or maybe her friend Gretchen typed it. I have no idea. Does it matter? Not tonight. Not when I can whisk whole milk, sugar, salt, heavy cream, and vanilla together, pour the ingredients into a bowl to chill, and witness magic happen in the new ice cream maker my mother bought me. There was no fussing about with custard. (or, in my case, it’s more like cussing AT the custard when it doesn’t behave) Nope. All I needed to do was stir and pour. Watch and wait.

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Simple Ice Cream

Recipe from Emily’s new Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker recipe booklet. (Tsk, tsk)


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


Pour milk, sugar, and salt into medium bowl. Mix ingredients together with a hand-mixer until sugar dissolves. Add heavy cream and vanilla extract. Continue to mix. Next, pour mixture into medium bowl and chill in refrigerator overnight. Also, put the Cuisinart freezer bowl in freezer overnight as well.

The next day, place frozen bowl in ice cream maker. Follow the other instructions Cuisinart provides when operating the ice cream maker. Don’t wing it. Pour the cream mixture into ice cream maker. Let the ice cream maker do all the churning for you–about 20 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowl with lid. Freeze for at least two hours. Get a spoon and eat the leftover ice cream in frozen bowl. You know you want to. Finally, enjoy your simple ice cream.

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