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Making ice cream at home just got even easier with this recipe and learn how to make homemade waffle cones. If there’s one thing that is always in my freezer, it’s ice cream. I mean we seriously eat it all the time, and when it’s summertime I’m pretty sure we eat it just about every day.
Recently I’ve been making it homemade because there are so many different delicious flavors that you can make like strawberry or chocolate, or even a mixed berry version like this one. If you’ve had some animosity in the past about making it because of all the procedures, timing, etc. let me just tell you it’s easier than you think, and this recipe will for sure give you the confidence you need to keep making it!
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream
I used to have an ice cream maker and the thing seriously drove me nuts. I had to freeze the inner churning tube for 24 hours before I made it and most of the time it barely fit into my freezer because it’s a bit clunky. Well, I finally found a recipe that works, and it seriously could not be any easier. The recipe is 2 ingredients, that’s it. From there you can add as many different goodies to it as you’d like, but the base is only 2 ingredients.
Churning ice cream is important because it incorporates air into making it light and fluffy, but man is there is so much set up for that. Instead, if you whip the cream at the very beginning it acts in the exact same manner because you’re incorporating air. Whip those cream to stiff peaks and then fold in some condensed sweetened milk and that’s it. You literally have the most basic recipe and it only takes about 5-7 minutes to make. Freeze the ice cream for an hour and in the meantime we can get into adding in some flavors.
Adding Berries to Ice Cream
Once the base of the ice cream is made, you then want to start adding in your flavors like vanilla, chocolate, etc. I decided to add in mixed fresh berries because I wanted the colors of it to look really cool and loaded with flavor. At first, I was just going to make strawberry, but I figured we’re close to all the berries being in-season than not so mixed berries it is!
Every time I use fresh berries I immediately rinse them. Berries have the kind of flesh where things can stick very easily, like pesticides so be sure to wash them.
Place the berries along with some lemon juice, vanilla and sugar into a small pot and cook them over low heat for about 20 minutes or until they are reduced in size and broken down. The berry mixture will essentially look like a really chunky jam and you could definitely use it like that because it is super tasty! Chill the mixture for about 45 minutes and then fold it right into the chilled ice cream and freeze it. This is when it gets super hard because it takes about 6 hours to freeze so it’s best to make this in the morning and go find something to do.
The cool thing about this recipe is that it is completely malleable, you can swap out my berries for chocolate, or cherries, or make a strawberry version, it’s totally up to you so be sure to get creative!
How to Make Homemade Waffle Cones
Waffle cones are simply that, cones made from a basic waffle recipe. I’d say it’s definitely not a classic waffle recipe because that has yeast in it, so I’d say it’s closer to a pancake batter than anything. The toughest part about making waffle cones is having a waffle cone maker, however, don’t let that stop you because you can simply just cook them in a skillet or on a griddle, they just won’t have those little groves like waffles do. If you don’t want to purchase an electric waffle cone maker then maybe consider an iron that you can cook over your cooktop, it’s way cheaper! We eat a lot of ice cream in this house, so it made the most sense to just pick up the electric version.
Simply add some of the batter to the iron or electric waffle cone maker and it cooks for about 1 to 2 minutes. From there you roll it up using the little cone-shaped mold that comes with your waffle cone maker and let it sit for a few minutes until it hardens up. It is so easy I can’t even begin to tell you plus you can get creative with these as well buy dipping them in chocolate or adding on sprinkles, totally up to you!
Check out this super fun root beer float recipe if you are a huge dessert fan like me!
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream and Waffle Cones
For the Ice Cream:
- 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream
- 14- ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup each of fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and trimmed strawberries
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ½ cup of sugar
For the Waffle Cones:
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 cup of whole milk
- Ice Cream: Add the heavy cream to a standing mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed for 5-7 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed. Fold in the condensed milk and freeze for 1 hour.
- Next, rinse the berries and add them to a medium-size pot along with the lemon juice, vanilla and sugar and cook over medium-low heat for 20 to 25 minutes or until it is thick and slightly chunky. Freeze the mixture for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Next, fold the berry mixture with the ice cream base making sure to reserve about ¼ cup of the berry mixture.
- Transfer it to a metal loaf pan and drizzle over top of the remaining chilled berry mixture. Freeze for 6 hours.
- Waffle Cones: Heat your waffle cone maker over low-medium heat.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until completely combined.
- Pour 2 ounces into the waffle cone maker and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until browned and cooked.
- Immediately transfer the flat cooked waffle cone to a cone mold and roll it up to make a waffle cone. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes or until it has hardened up. Set aside and repeat until the batter is gone.
- Scoop the ice cream into the waffle cones and enjoy it.