Ice cream is one of the most popular desserts in the world, and there are countless flavours and variations to suit every taste. Here are some ice cream recipes you can try using simple ingredients and an ice cream maker at home.
Butterscotch Ice Cream
Butterscotch is a rich and buttery flavour that goes well with ice cream. It is made by cooking butter and brown sugar until they form a thick caramel-like sauce. You can use store-bought or homemade butterscotch sauce to make this ice cream, which is creamy and decadent.
Butterscotch Ice Cream is likely inspired by the original butterscotch candy created by Samuel Parkinson in Doncaster, a Yorkshire city in England, in 1817. Parkinson is credited with coining the term “butterscotch”, and his candy became famous after Queen Victoria was presented with a tin of it when she visited the town in 1851. Butterscotch sauce, made of butterscotch and cream, is used as a topping for ice cream, especially sundaes. It is possible that someone decided to mix the sauce with the ice cream base and create butterscotch ice cream, but the exact date and place of this invention are unknown. However, some sources suggest that butterscotch ice cream was popular in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
To make butterscotch ice cream, you will need:
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups butterscotch sauce
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here are the steps to follow:
- Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and fluffy.
- Heat the milk over medium heat in a small saucepan until it just begins to boil, then remove from heat.
- Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture, then return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened but not boiling about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the butterscotch sauce and transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Let it cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Stir in the cream and vanilla extract, then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Enjoy your butterscotch ice cream as it is, or top it with some whipped cream, chopped nuts, or more butterscotch sauce.
Red Bean Ice Cream
Red bean, or azuki, is a common ingredient in many Asian desserts. It has a mildly sweet and nutty flavour and is often cooked with sugar and water to make a smooth paste. Red bean ice cream is a popular treat in Japan, China, Korea, and other countries, and it has a unique and refreshing taste.
Red bean ice cream likely originated in Japan, where red beans, also known as azuki, have been cultivated and used in desserts since ancient times. Red bean paste, made from cooked and sweetened azuki beans, is a common ingredient in many Japanese sweets, such as mochi, dorayaki, and anmitsu. Red bean ice cream is a variation of these traditional desserts, where red bean paste is mixed with milk and cream and frozen in an ice cream maker. Red bean ice cream is popular in Japan and other Asian countries, such as China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, where red beans are also widely consumed. Some red bean ice cream variations include adding other ingredients, such as green tea, coconut milk, or noodles.
To make red bean ice cream, you will need:
- 2 cups red bean paste
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Here are the steps to follow:
- Combine the red bean paste and milk in a large saucepan and boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture is smooth and slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and let it cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Whisk the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
- Fold the whipped cream into the red bean mixture, then pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Enjoy your red bean ice cream as it is, or top it with some toasted sesame seeds, mochi, or fresh fruit.
Ice Cream Topping
There are many ways to make your ice cream more delicious and fun by adding different toppings. Some of the most common and popular ice cream toppings are:
- Chocolate sauce: This is a classic and versatile topping that can go with any flavour of ice cream. You can make chocolate sauce by melting chocolate chips with cream, butter, and sugar or use store-bought ones. You can also try different variations of chocolate sauce, such as salted dark chocolate, raspberry dark chocolate, orange chocolate, or olive oil chocolate.
- Whipped cream: This light and fluffy topping adds creaminess and sweetness to your ice cream. You can beat your cream with sugar and vanilla or use canned whipped cream. You can also flavour your whipped cream with peanut butter, hazelnut, or coffee.
- Sprinkles: These colourful and crunchy toppings add fun and texture to your ice cream. You can choose from rainbow or chocolate sprinkles or mix and match them. Sprinkles are also great for decorating your ice cream with patterns or shapes.
- Fresh fruit: This healthy and refreshing topping adds natural sweetness and juiciness to your ice cream. You can use any fruit, such as berries, bananas, peaches, or cherries. You can also make your own fruit sauce by cooking fruit with sugar and water or using jam or preserves.
- Candy: This sweet and indulgent topping adds extra flavour and crunch to your ice cream. You can use any candy you like, such as M&M’s, Reese’s, Nerds, or gummy bears. You can chop or crush your candy to make sprinkles on your ice cream easier.
- Nuts: This nutty and crunchy topping adds protein and healthy fats to your ice cream. You can use any nuts you like, such as peanuts, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios. To enhance their flavour and texture, You can toast or caramelize your nuts.
- Caramel sauce: This rich and gooey topping adds a deep buttery flavour to your ice cream. You can make caramel sauce by cooking sugar, butter, and cream or use store-bought ones. You can also try different variations of caramel sauce, such as salted caramel, bourbon caramel, or apple cider caramel.
- Cereal: This is a crunchy and filling topping that adds a breakfast twist to your ice cream. You can use any cereal you like, such as cornflakes, granola, or Fruity Pebbles. Mix your cereal with marshmallows, chocolate, or peanut butter to make it more flavorful.
These are just some of the many ice cream toppings you can try.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post about the history of ice cream recipes and tips. Ice cream is a beautiful dessert that can bring joy and satisfaction to anyone who loves it. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thank you for reading, and happy ice cream making!