Have you ever make homemade ice cream? I remember making it as a kid, but not since. Well, since I received an ice cream maker for my birthday….I decided it was time to start again!
Now looking back, it would have been smarter if I had read some other recipes first, but why? 🙂 I decided to give it a try! I thought putting a custard together along with some delicious mandarin juice I had in the freezer would be a winner and it was!
I kept the ingredients really simple; cream, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla, mandarin juice and honey – no sugar. Do you remember the popsicles you would get when you’re a kid? The ones with orange on the outside & vanilla ice cream on the inside? Well that’s what this tastes like.
Rather than use sugar, I opted for honey. When I was visiting my Grandma in South Dakota last month she sent me home with 2 quarts of honey from the farm. I’ve been saving it for something special and I think this definitely qualifies!
I decided to call it Creamsicle Ice Cream – and for never making ice cream before, well first time is the charm! The perfect dessert for you & your family – homemade and easy too!
Creamsicle Ice Cream
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 egg yolks
- 4 cups fresh mandarin juice (can substitute mango,peach or nectarine)
- 3/4 cup honey
- In a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat, combine the juice and honey. Stirring occasionally until they are completely incorporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Separate the eggs - reserve the whites for another use.
- In a second sauce pan whisk together the condensed milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Place over medium/medium low heat. Set your timer for 10 minutes and whisking continuously, add the eggs one at a time. Continue to cook and whisk. Do not allow it to boil. The mixture will thicken slightly.
- At the end of the 10 minutes, add this mixture to the mandarin honey pan and stir to combine. Place in a large bowl, place that bowl over a bowl of ice and refrigerate for one hour.
- Add to the ice-cream machine and process according to your machine's directions - mine took about 40 minutes.
- Remove from machine, place in a freezer container and freeze until the desired consistency - about 3 hours.