I love how food can make us think of special memories and traditions, and in our family, one food that is tied to pretty much every celebration is Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. I thought this would be perfect to share today as part of one of my blogger friends, Ally's, virtual baby shower. Ally blogs at Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats where she shares lots of simple and delicious recipes. She is expecting her third child in mid-May, and Yudith at Blissfully Delicious and Steph at Been There, Baked That thought it'd be great if some fellow Iowa Food Bloggers put together some recipes for a virtual baby shower for Ally.
Besides Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream being a classic celebration food for my family, I also think it is a must have for every pregnant woman and a perfect treat at a baby shower. (Plus I know Ally has been craving sweets during this pregnancy!)
Before I share my recipe, I need to clue you into my top two tips to make perfect Homemade Ice Cream:
- You have to use a good quality vanilla. I feel like you can never go wrong with Watkins Vanilla.
- You need to use a classic, 4 qt. or 6 qt., electric ice cream maker like this one. In my opinion, the older, the better. I actually use a hand me down ice cream maker from my in-laws that they got at the beginning of their marriage.
2 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 quart half & half
1/2 gallon whole milk
Whisk eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla and half & half together. Pour into canister. Then pour whole milk up to fill line. Put canister into ice cream bucket with ice and ice cream salt around canister and let run 30-40 minutes until thick and smooth. Enjoy at your next celebration!
Congratulations early to Ally and be sure to check out the rest of the virtual baby shower recipes by checking out both Yudith and Steph's host pages. Michelle at Simplify, Live, Love, Kierstan at Life in Iowa, Jenny at In The Kitchen with Jenny and Jenni at Jenni Eats are also all participating in today's virtual baby shower.
When you think about planning a baby shower, what foods would you include? Remember to Comment for Cause!