DIY premium ice cream at half the price
Just in time for summer! Never have two ingredients made so many people so happy. This is premium ice cream at half the cost of name brands. So easy to make – no ice cream maker needed. If you can whip cream, you can make this decadent dessert. And you’ll love doing your Diva strut when you tell your amazed guests you made the ice cream from scratch. Just don’t tell them how easy it is. Shh!
We love everything about our Vermont made or Danish sounding brands except the price. At the time of this writing premium ice creams cost about 25₵ per ounce and this recipe costs about 11₵ per ounce. Bargain!
If you’re trying to limit your sugar and fat intake you may wish to avert your eyes and come back when I’m making salad.
When you combine sweetened condensed milk with whipped cream something magical happens. It’s a special occasion treat not meant to be consumed every day. But I won’t blame you if you do, so don’t blame me!
This is seriously good stuff, not to be served at children’s parties alongside ham fisted confetti blast birthday cake. No, this is meant to be the star of its own show. The Norma Desmond of two ingredient desserts. Served simply with a spoon and a smile. Or if you must, a handful of fresh berries or a drizzle of amaretto, or maybe a crisp cookie or shaved toasted coconut. Someone please stop me.
TWO INGREDIENT ICE CREAM
Time – 5 minutes active plus 6 to 8 hours to freeze. Yield – 8 (4 oz.) servings.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups (one pint) heavy whipping cream
- 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, whip the cream to a stiff peak stage.
- Pour the condensed milk into a bowl and add a dollop of whipped cream. Stir this together to lighten the texture of the condensed milk.
- With a spatula, fold in the condensed milk mixture to the remainder of the whipped cream in stages and gently combine. Take a big spoon and do a taste test. You deserve it.
- Place the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 6 hours to overnight or until frozen.
Store frozen and covered up to one week. Voila!
Want to add some goodies? Extraordinary in its simplicity you’d do well to choose additional ingredients that complement rather than upstage this pure sweet milky flavor. A teaspoon of good vanilla is really all you need. That said …
If you like crunchy bits I suggest some chopped nuts, preferably pecans, walnuts or if you’re feeling decadent – macadamias. If you’d like to add a swirl of color and flavor you can add dulce de leche, caramel or fudge sauce. Some good quality fruit preserves would do nicely, too. Just pour the cold add-in over the ice cream before it’s frozen and delicately swirl the ribbons of goodness into the mixture and freeze as directed.
If you’d like to dress your ice cream for company, you’ll love this technique for making beautiful layered bombes – Orange Vanilla Bombe
Now, if you like boozy desserts then you’ll love experimenting with this ice cream base. Nearly any liqueur will blend with this to make irresistible smooth and creamy desserts. Coffee liqueur is my personal fave but chocolate, amaretto, creme de menth, coconut rum, brandy or whatever is lurking in the back of your liquor cabinet. If you add too much and it doesn’t freeze, your good friends will just ask where you keep the straws. This is a clever way to make a small amount of high end liqueur serve a large number of people. You knew those little airplane bottles would come in handy for something.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I love simple combinations that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. This Nectar o’ the Gods stuff is no exception. So what else can we do with a it? Use it unfrozen as a dip or topping for fruit or sliced pound cake. Use in place of custard in trifles. Place a dollop (with maple syrup added!) on French toast for a most decadent brunch. Add to well cooked rice for a crazy good no bake rice pudding.
In its liquid state add spiced rum, Irish whiskey or vodka to make luscious crème liquors. Add other ingredients like fruit, chocolate or other flavored syrups (rum, bananas and caramel syrup anyone?) for the best adult milkshakes, evah!
Or just eat it with a spoon and tell yourself you’ll be good starting next week. I don’t judge.