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Frozen Custard Ice Cream

1 to 2 quarts


  • 6 eggs

  • 2 cups milk

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • Crushed ice

  • Rock salt


In medium saucepan, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, honey and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160F. Cool quickly by setting pan in ice or cold water and stirring for a few minutes. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour. When ready to freeze, pour chilled custard, whipping cream and vanilla into 1-gallon ice cream freezer can. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions using 6 parts ice to 1 part rock salt. Transfer to freezer containers and freeze until firm.


Banana Nut: Reduce vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Cook and cool as above. Stir 3 large ripe bananas, mashed and 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans into custard mixture. Freeze as above.

Cherry: Reduce vanilla to 1 teaspoon. Add 2 tablespoons almond extract. Cook and cool as above. Partially freeze. Add 2 pounds pitted pureed dark sweet fresh cherries OR 1 can (16 to 17 oz.) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained and chopped. Complete freezing.

Chocolate: Add 3 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate to egg mixture. Cook, cool and freeze as above.

Plum: Reduce vanilla to 1 teaspoon. Cook and cool as above. Partially freeze. Add 1 pounds pitted pureed ripe fresh plums. Complete freezing.

Strawberry: Omit vanilla. Cook and cool as above. Partially freeze. Add 2 cups sweetened crushed fresh strawberries. Complete freezing.