I was searching the internet a few weeks ago for an ice cream recipe that didn't use a ton of eggs since we didn't have that many when I felt like making it. I found this on that uses cornstarch in place of the eggs. I loved the way it turned out. This picture was taken just out of the ice cream maker with a little homemade fudge sauce (agave + cocoa powder). I just can't wait for that first taste! After making in the ice cream maker, freeze in a freezer safe container to get firm ice cream we are all used to.
Below the recipe are many variations. I haven't tried any but the vanilla as we keep finding sales on Blue Bell ice cream, which is my very favorite.
Mark Bittman's Cornstarch Ice Cream: makes 1 pint
2 1/2 cups light cream, half-and-half or milk (whole or skim), or a combination
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cornstarch.
- Put 2 cups cream, half-and-half or milk, the sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. If using a vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and scrape seeds into liquid, then add pod. Cook until mixture begins to steam.
- In a bowl, blend cornstarch and remaining cream, half-and-half or milk; there should be no lumps. Remove bean pod from pot and discard. Add cornstarch mixture to pot. Cook, stirring, until it starts to thicken and barely reaches a boil, about 5 minutes. Immediately reduce heat to very low and stir for 5 minutes or so until thick. Stir in vanilla extract, if using.
- If mixture has lumps, strain it into a bowl. Chill until cool, a couple of hours (you can skip this step if you have a machine with a built-in freezer). When cool or if there are no lumps, pour into an ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Honey-Jam Variation Substitute honey for half the sugar. Add 1/2 cup good jam to mixture before freezing.
Buttermilk or Yogurt Substitute buttermilk or yogurt for half the cream or milk.
Cherry-Vanilla Add 1 cup halved, pitted cherries just before freezing.
Strawberry, Blueberry or Peach Add 1 cup hulled, sliced strawberries, blueberries, or peeled and chopped peaches before freezing.
Coffee Substitute 1/2 cup very strong coffee for 1/2 cup cream or milk.
Coconut Substitute 1 cup coconut milk for 1 cup cream or milk; add 1/2 cup toasted dried coconut if you like.
Mint Chocolate Chip Add 1/2 cup minced mint and 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate just before freezing.
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