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Homemade Ice Cream

Take it from us dairy farmers, this old-fashion ice cream is marvelous! It's made from a treasured recipe passed down in the Troyer family and was a big hit at our "black-and-white" birthday party. —Carol Troyer, Pryor, Oklahoma and Teresa Stutzman, Adair, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing
  • Makes
    3-1/2 quarts


  • 8 cups milk, divided
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Maraschino cherries, optional


  • In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups milk to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat egg yolks; add remaining milk and mix well. Combine 2 cups sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Add to hot milk and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour into a clean bowl; set aside.
  • Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining sugar, beating well after each addition. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into warm milk mixture. Beat in vanilla and cream until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions. Garnish with cherries if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 204 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Runinhard
    Apr 20, 2013

    I have been trying different ice cream recipe to make with raw fresh milk. This one is without a doubt the best I've tried. The consistency is like good boughten ice cream, but the flavour is out of this world! Try it with 2 cups of strawberry purée !

  • um-num-num
    Jan 13, 2013

    ummmm, no

  • mamawmargaret
    Jul 7, 2012

    Verty good ice cream. I have always made the quick ice that don't have to be cooked, but I think this is worth the extra time and effort.

  • Culinary Queen
    Aug 12, 2011

    Thank you for sharing your family recipe for this homemade ice cream. It is the best homemade vanilla ice cream that we have ever made. This recipe is one that I will hand down to my family.

  • vicry219
    Jun 25, 2010

    This is the best homemade ice cream I have ever had. We made it for my sons birthday party. We will be making this one again.