Southern Homemade Ice-cream

July 15, 2019

Nothing reminds me of summer more than spending time at my maw-maw and paw-paws house. Growing up we would make the over 600 mile journey across two states to go make that long awaited visit.

Once we got there we would feast all day with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. Then we would all gather outside under the large pecan tree in the back yard while my paw-paw would start bringing out gallon buckets and placing them in the middle of the circle. And I mean lots of gallon buckets!

We would spend the rest of the day shelling pecans and purple hull peas! It was just something our family did together. 

Once that was all done my maw-maw would whip up a batch of vanilla homemade ice-cream! Sometimes on special occasions she would make peach flavored ice-cream- those were not as often but oh so special!
For me that was the highlight of the entire trip!
I would gorge myself and fell so sick afterwards!
Oh the memories!! 

Recently we had a small family gathering at my house and as an adult I wanted to somewhat carry on that tradition. My grandparents have since passed and the family no longer gets together like they used to- and I live that 600 miles away!
I don't have a pecan tree or purple hull peas but I do have that famous recipe my maw-maw made!

I plan to at least carry on that tradition with my children and someday my grands!

Just be warned---
This recipe is so sweet that it will knock your socks off! So you best wear a double pair of socks- you's gonna need 'em!

Southern Homemade Vanilla Ice-Cream Recipe

4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 T. real vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cans evaporated milk
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
whole milk

In a large mixing bowl thoroughly cream the eggs and sugar together. Add vanilla and salt. Then add your cans of milk, stirring until really incorporated together. Pour this into your electric ice-cream maker and top off with whole milk to the fill line.

You can use any type of fresh or frozen fruit to this recipe too! I don't have exact amounts needed but at least start with 1 1/2 cups and go from truly can be tailored to taste!

What family traditions do you have memories of, and do you still do them?
Have you since created your own family traditions that reflect the old family traditions?

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  1. Carrying on traditions and memories through family recipes is such a beautiful thing. And I’ve cream is always a good idea.

  2. Oh, homemade ice cream sounds so delicious! I have all of those ingredients at home and will have to do it for my boys soon!

  3. Yummy!!! That ice cream recipe sounds delicious! The best part about it is how much you can remember your family!

  4. Spending time with the grandparents was always a special event. I remember my granny making ice cream out of snow. It sounds like your family get togethers were like ours. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will be certain to give it a try.

  5. This ice cream looks so good! I need to make some for my kids this weekend - thanks for the recipe!

  6. There is nothing better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day. Looking forward to making this someday

  7. “Ohana means family – no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten.” Family is everything

  8. Thank youuuu! I will try to do this this weekend. Man, I will make it again and again if its delish haha!

  9. Thanks for the recipe. Will prepare for my kid.

  10. Yum! We're getting a big heat wave this weekend in DC, I think I'll stay inside and make some of this to cool off.

  11. Anonymous8:09 AM

    Sounds yummy. I'd just substitute coconut milk for the real milk and see what happens.

  12. When it comes to family traditions, we still have outdoor BBQ parties with our family and other relatives during the hot months and it's always amazing! Anyway, that ice cream looks so yummy and very refreshing for summer!

  13. I've a friend who is doing a weekly homemade ice cream challenge. It's absolutely the best!

  14. My aunt used to make special ice-creams for us every year the day our school results were due out...we used to rush to her home as soon as we stepped out of school... : )
    Wonderful memories
    - Nandita

  15. We have never tried homemade ice cream but its something we have really wanted to do!

  16. This is so cool. I have yet to make homemade ice cream. Its a great idea x


  17. Ooh I will have to try this homemade ice cream I’ve never done that before. Most traditions in my family were something I created. Like for Christmas we always buy the kids pjs and a book and they get to open them on Christmas Eve and we sit and eat milk and cookies (leaving some for Santa of course) while I read their books aloud.

  18. this is such an easy peasy recipe.
    icecreams are must have during ,I am going to try this

  19. Love how easy and natural your recipe is!

  20. ICE CREAM IS MY THING! I'm always on the hunt for different combinations of milk! How do you like the condensed milk?

  21. Perfect ice cream coming up for national ice cream day in a couple of days. I will have to make this with my daughter. Yummy!

  22. Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love ice cream. Never thought of making it myself

  23. The homemade ice cream looks yummy! Never thought this is possible. Would love to give this a try.

  24. I could love only with Ice cream...It is my favorite food *-* now i can make it at home as well so curious to find out if i will be able ahaha


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