The first thought that comes to my mind when anyone talks about Amish ice cream is Lapp valley farms. This family owned dairy farm located in Lancaster County is famous for its production of Amish style ice cream, but as much as we all love their ice cream, there may be a part of you that would like to try making it at home.
There is nothing as delightful as a tasty bowl of Amish homemade ice cream. This tasty treat is like nothing you've ever tasted before - it's like a cool, velvety hug for your taste buds.
If you’re looking for something sweet, rich, and indulgent to satisfy your cravings, Amish ice cream is the way to go. The best part about it is that you only need a few readily available ingredients and a little bit of patience. You can enjoy homemade Amish ice cream on its own or pair it with a slice of cake or even pie.
I’ll share with you the simplest yet most amazing recipe down below. But first, let us look at why this recipe works.
Why this recipe works
It is easy and takes a short time to come together
This recipe is one of the simplest you’ll come across in your search for the perfect homemade Amish ice cream recipe. You can make Amish homemade ice cream in record time of 15 minutes, and go about your other chores as you wait for it to cool down and freeze.
The ingredients are readily available and you can easily substitute ingredients you don’t have
The ingredients you need to make Amish are readily available. Chances are you already have them in your refrigerator or pantry.
You can experiment with different flavors
One of my favorite things about Amish homemade ice cream is that it gives me the freedom to experiment with different flavors. You can easily adjust the ingredients to your liking and try new flavors or flavor combinations to personalize your homemade Amish recipe.
The equipment you will need for this recipe is a 6 quart ice cream freezer. This ice cream freezer works by churning the mixture of your ingredients into a creamy texture.
The ice cream freezer is made up of various components including a double-walled metal cylinder. Some manufacturers use plastic instead of metal. The cylinder is designed to hold rock salt and ice.
The ice cream freezer also has a dasher that you would need to insert to the container. The dasher is designed to rotate and churn the mixture while it freezes.
Once you have poured your mixture into the container and inserted the dasher, all you have to do is turn on the electric motor. The entire freezing process takes 20-30 minutes depending on the brand of ice cream freezer you are using and the recipe.
After your ice cream freezes to your desired consistency, you should stop the dasher, transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and place it in your freezer until you are ready to eat it.
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, you can easily substitute the ingredients required to make homemade Amish ice cream.
You can substitute heavy cream with half and half, which is basically a combination of equal parts light cream and whole milk. This substitute is great if you are looking to reduce the fat content in your ice cream. If you don’t mind the fat content, add a little bit of butter to it before adding it to your recipe. Alternatively, you can use evaporated milk. Its texture thick, creamy, and your ice cream will have a rich consistency.
Whole milk can be substituted with just about any kind of milk. You should however note that they may differ in consistency and fat content, so you may have to adjust the recipe accordingly to get your desired consistency and texture. You can use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk or cashew milk. Cashew milk has a naturally sweet flavor so you may have to adjust the sugar in your recipe.
Clear jel is a thickener that is preferred among Amish cooks. However, if you don’t have it in hand, you can use a pinch of cornstarch.
How to make this recipe
Amish Homemade Ice Cream
- 6 Quart Ice cream freezer
- 3 cups Heavy Cream
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- Whole milk
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup Instant Clear Jel
- In a sizeable mixing bowl, combineand stir the clear jel, salt and sugar. Stir until the ingredients arecombined.
- Add in the heavy cream and stir the ingredients vigorously.
- Once the mixture is combined, add in the vanilla extract and keep stirring until the ingredients are well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the six quart ice cream freezer.
- Pour the whole milk into the mixture, leaving approximately four inches to the top of the ice cream freezer.
- Freeze the mixture until it thickens and becomes softly frozen.