Monday, May 23, 2011

Food Allergy and Summer: Nut-Free, Egg-Free Ice Cream Recipe

I've had so many questions about ice cream lately that I thought I would share (once again) a very easy and delicious homemade ice cream recipe. You need a Cuisinart electric ice cream maching or the ice cream maker of your choice.

Homemade is always safer than store-bought, so enjoy! And have your kids make this with you.

Nut-Free, Egg-Free Vanilla Ice Cream
Break out the ice cream machine for this great basic vanilla ice cream recipe! Also known as "Philadelphia" ice cream, this traditional recipe does not contain eggs.

1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (McCormick brand is what I usually use--Nielsen Massey is also great.)
4 cups heavy cream or heavy cream mixed with half-and-half for a lighter flavor
3/4 cup white sugar, preferably superfine
Pinch salt

If using a vanilla bean, split in half and scrape out the seeds. (Keep the pod to make vanilla sugar, basically a vanilla bean placed inside a closed container of sugar for about a week. Wonderful in everything from cakes and cookies to coffee drinks.)

Combine all ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately or freeze about 2 hours for a firmer consistency. For optimum flavor, allow to soften slightly in the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.


Lindsay said...

That's very similar to the recipe I use in my Cuisinart ice cream maker. Yummy! Everyone with peanut and tree nut allergies should invest the $50 to get that Cuisinart machine! It's SO worth it in the hot, summer months. Here's an idea: Spoon some homemade vanilla ice cream onto Enjoy Life's new large, crunchy cookies for ice cream sandwiches!

Speedbump Kitchen said...

Excellent. The best part of this recipe is not having to do the tricky custard cooking thing on the stovetop and all the waiting to get it cooled down afterwards!

SnoWhite said...

I agree, Lindsay! I adore ice cream and have enjoyed making many of our favorites at home so we can enjoy them free of nuts.

Our vanilla recipe is quite similar, only we use half the cream and swap the other half with 1/2 and 1/2.

We recently made a strawberry cream cheese ice cream that was delightful. Oh, we've used the ice cream to make an ice cream cake too! All ours are egg free too - no cooking here!