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Culinary School Secrets: Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Staff Writer

As culinary school aims to prepare students to work all stations in the kitchen, one section is wholly dedicated to dessert. Some chefs claim that you can either cook savory food or do pastry, but surely not both. I say, this is absolutely untrue. If you can follow a recipe with precision and get the hang of dessert making, then I actually find it to be less stressful and more gratifying when the outcome is delicious. And who on earth doesn't love dessert?

Making ice cream proves to be an art in itself, with boutique ice cream parlors popping up all over, and flavors becoming increasingly experimental. Maple bacon, olive oil, carrot ginger...the possibilities are endless, and almost always tasty. Curious connoisseurs can purchase at-home ice cream makers easily and relatively inexpensively, making flavor invention even more prevalent.

The key too good ice cream is a good custard base called crème anglaise. After that, add whatever flavorings you want!

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 quart heavy cream (the balance of milk and cream is completely up to you. Use more milk for a lighter texture and more cream for a creamier and denser mouthfeel)
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt


Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl together until the mixture becomes pale yellow and the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add the mixture to a pot with the milk, cream and a pinch of salt.

Attach a thermometer to the pot and over very low heat, slowly heat up the custard, while mixing constantly with a wooden spoon. When the mixture thickens slightly and reaches 175 degrees, turn off the heat and pour mixture into a bowl over ice. Stir until cooled.

Next, add whatever flavorings you would like and follow the directions given on your ice cream machine!


Homemade Ice Cream Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Homemade Ice Cream Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.