Have Your Ice Cream (and Top It Too!)

Another set of great family ice cream recipes to share during National Ice Cream month! Hope you’re enjoying these as much as we are.  –CountryLife

Ice cream freezers

Heirloom quality with today’s technology. Choose 4, 6, 8 quart freezers from Lehman’s in Kidron or from Lehmans.com.

When it comes to taste, texture and downright nostalgia, you can’t beat 
homemade ice cream. Of course, part of its deliciousness comes from the effort part – yes, the cranking, and the waiting part – that is, until it’s sufficiently frozen 
to eat. It’s a summertime tradition here in Ohio, no doubt about that.

Amish, non-Amish and everyone in between, we all love ice cream. In fact, my in-laws (from whom the next two recipes came) used to give their dog his own special bowl of the stuff each and every time it was made. He’d patiently sit right beside the freezer as we all cranked, and cranked, and talked, and laughed, and cranked some more. Mix these two tried-and-true recipes in your own hand-crank ice cream freezer, and see below for some unexpected and delectable topping ideas. 

Grandmother’s Heirloom Vanilla Ice Cream (Grandmother’s recipe) 

4 eggs, well beaten 
2 Tablespoons vanilla 
2 cups sugar 
1 pint whipping cream 
6 cups milk 
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Mix together and freeze in freezer. Makes 1 gallon.
Please note: This recipe requires raw eggs. Please be cautious. Children and persons with reduced immune systems should avoid eating raw eggs. See previous July–National Ice Cream Month posts for alternate recipes that do not use raw eggs.


Heirloom Lemon Ice Cream (Great-grandmother’s recipe) 

1 quart thin cream OR 1 cup milk plus 3 cups heavy cream 
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
1 cup sugar 
dash of salt 

Scald cream with sugar, salt and lemon juice. Cool and freeze. 


Charming retro bowls are perfect for sundaes. At Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Charming retro bowls are perfect for sundaes. At Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio, and Lehmans.com.

Six Luscious Homemade Ice Cream Sundaes 

1. Berry Shortcake Blast – Crumbled vanilla wafers (or other favorite 
vanilla cookie), sliced strawberries, whole blueberries and/or black raspberries. 

2. Cherry Crisp – Tart cherries, your favorite granola, chopped almonds 
and a drizzle of molasses 

3. Candy Bar – Milk chocolate chips, chopped nuts and drizzled caramel 
topping 

4. Red and White Delight – White chocolate chips and red raspberries 

5. Salted Caramel Sundae – Crushed Pretzels and coarsely chopped caramels 

6. Tropical Treat – Crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, chopped 
maraschino cherries and flaked coconut 

*The above toppings are best with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Tip: For cookouts and parties, portion out ice cream into bowls 2-3 hours ahead of time, cover and freeze until ice cream is completely firm. Add toppings and serve immediately.