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Homemade ice cream recipe puts Minnesota lakeside in a dish

I've never been one to make homemade ice cream. I remember when I was a kid, we got a homemade ice cream maker for Christmas. My poor little mom built biceps the size of She-Ra Princess of Power trying to churn the darn thing. I had better luck w...

“Take me to the Lake Ice Cream” is made from condensed milk and whipped cream.Dave Wallis / The Forum
“Take me to the Lake Ice Cream” is made from condensed milk and whipped cream. (Dave Wallis | The Forum)

 

I’ve never been one to make homemade ice cream. I remember when I was a kid, we got a homemade ice cream maker for Christmas. My poor little mom built biceps the size of She-Ra Princess of Power trying to churn the darn thing. I had better luck when my children and I tried to make homemade ice cream a few years ago, but it was still a lot of work.

The whole process makes me wonder,“If Ben and Jerry have already invented the wheel, why do we need to reinvent it?”Buying ice cream from the grocery store is so much easier.

But stop the presses. I’ve found a homemade ice cream recipe that is hardly any work at all and, in fact, is nearly a work of art. “ Homemade Galaxy Ice Cream ” is from a site called Some of This and That.

The ice cream is made with whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and food coloring. The blogger chose to use purple, black and blue food colorings and glittery sprinkles that, when swirled together, look like a star-filled galaxy.

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Nothing against the moon and stars, but I live in Minnesota and was inspired to bring the recipe down to earth to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” I’ve used four different food colors to make “Take Me to the Lake Ice Cream.”

The key is not to rush the freezing process. You need to let it freeze for at least four to six hours. I’d suggest making it and letting it freeze overnight. You can add Swedish Fish candies or Goldfish Crackers to add to the lake scene, or just keep it plain.

My family loved it and specifically asked me to make it again. And best of all, no one had to churn a thing.

Take Me to the Lake Ice Cream

2 cups heavy whipping cream

14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla

Gel food coloring of your choice (I used blue, white and green)

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Gold cupcake sprinkles

Goldfish crackers or Swedish fish (optional)

Add whipping cream to a large bowl. With a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Mix well until combined. Separate batter equally between three medium-sized bowls.

To one bowl, add several drops of blue food coloring and stir lightly. I actually wanted a few white streaks in the batter to represent waves since this will be the lake water. To the second bowl, add just a couple of drops of blue food coloring and stir. This is the sky. With the last bowl of batter, remove about 4 to 5 tablespoons of batter and place in a smaller bowl. To that smaller bowl, add white food coloring and stir. These are the clouds. Add green food coloring to your remaining batter to make your grass.

Spoon the green batter into the corner of a 9-by-13 pan. Next, add the dark blue batter about 2/3 of the way up the pan. Add the light blue batter to the top of the pan. Add a couple of dollops of white clouds in the sky. Sprinkle gold cupcake sparkles between the green and dark blue layers to represent sand. Freeze overnight.

Before serving, add Swedish fish or Goldfish crackers or any other “lake” decoration or just leave it plain. Scoop, serve and enjoy a little piece of the lake.

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