Survive Summer’s Heat with Ice Cream

Aug 04 by in Recipes tagged , , , with no comments


For those of us in the Midwest, the month of August typically holds some of the hottest days of the entire summer. I’m not a huge fan of sweltering heat, but I do enjoy a cool dessert… and they taste even better on hot summer days.

Here’s a refreshing recipe for a summertime classic: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. Simply toss in any fruit from your garden or your local farmer’s market, and you’ve got the perfect remedy for the dog days of summer.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 2 cups your choice of fresh fruit – peaches, raspberries, strawberries, or any combination
  • 2-12 oz. cans evaporated milk
  • 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • Approx. 1 gallon whole milk

Cream the eggs and 2 cups of sugar with an electric mixer. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla. Beat well. Add the fruit, covered with 1 cup of sugar. Pour into electric ice cream machine. Add whole milk to the fill line. Insert the dasher. Pack the machine’s cooler 1/3 full of ice. Add a layer of rock salt. Repeat layering with ice and salt until full. When machine starts to labor or shut off, remove the dasher and drain the water. Fill with more ice and salt. Cover with a towel and let harden. Tastes best when shared with family and friends. Enjoy!

Phil Bilek has been in the hospitality business for nearly 20 years and is the Banquet Manager at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Nebraska City. He enjoys taking care of guests’ needs and creating a fun work environment for his crew — oh, and making ice cream.

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