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How To Make Ice Cream: The Sweet Cream Base

The place to start when making ice cream is with the Sweet Cream Base. It contains the basic ingredients for lots of recipes, and then you can add flavorings to make whatever you want.

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book [1]

A great book to start with is Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book [2]. It’s filled with no-nonsense recipes that are easy to make, and taste fantastic. Their recipe for the Sweet Cream Base is a pretty common one, and I’ve used it enough times to have it memorized. I like recipes with eggs because I think they make a creamier, more custard-like texture, but see the second recipe below if you want to make an ice cream without eggs.

If you’re looking to duplicate your favorite super-premium ice cream, this is the one you’ll want:

Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Base #1

2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

(makes about one quart)

The basic process:

A quicker way:

If the whole idea of cooking the mix just seems like too much work, you might see if you can find pasteurized eggs where you live. You’ll be able to skip all the heating parts completely, and go straight to the ice cream machine. Take a look at my post about pasteurized eggs [6] for more info.

Or you can try Ben & Jerry’s second base recipe, which doesn’t use eggs, and therefore doesn’t require cooking.  They say it’s a super-premium recipe with 25% butterfat but needs to be eaten right away since it tends to turn icy in the freezer.

Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Cream Base #2

2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup half-and-half

(makes about one quart)

Whisk the cream while slowly adding the sugar a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about one minute more. Then pour in the milk and whisk to blend.

So go make a batch and report back!