Family Huckleberry Hill Tradition- Make Ice Cream

Auntie Fran’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream

 Stay Cool this summer making delicious and creamy home-made ice cream! Use a vanilla decadent base and add simple ‘mix ins’ to customize. I love apricot, Bella Sophia adores California strawberry, Uncle Eric is all for cookie dough, David, Davey and Catherine crave vanilla…how about peach or apple pie ice cream? Yummy!

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Here is our latest cooking adventure…

Please click on this link for tips on making the ice cream:

My sister Fran (“Fern” character in The Wild Buck) is a terrific cook. (The Wild Buck is available at amazon – see ‘buy-book” link at the top right of this page, or local Monterey, CA retailers.)

Auntie Fran keeping family traditions.

We have a tradition of making home made old-fashioned ice cream each July.  When Fran and I were kids we took turn turning the handle on the ice cream maker. Do you remember doing that?



Anyway, things are much easier now. Just layer in ice and rock salt and plug your machine in!

David setting up the two ice cream machines, we do the process on the outside deck.

Fran uses two machines, to make the process easier.

We also have ice cream containers handy so that you can easily label and store your delicious frozen custard (as they call ice cream on the East Coast).

Make the custard the day prior and chill overnight. We use a creamy vanilla base and use ‘mix-ins’ to flavor. Easy mix ins include:

Candies such as chocolate chips or m&m’s

Fresh fruit such as strawberries, apricots, peaches, cherries, raspberries, etc.…

Apple Pie; add in caramel sauce, cooked apples and vanilla wafers

Cookie dough (use specialized non egg dough)

What are your favorite mix in’s? We would love for you to share your recipe and tips! Share ideas and photos and we will post. Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine


Auntie Fran’s Vanilla Ice-Cream Recipe:

3 Cups (750 ml) sugar

¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) salt

5 cups (1.25 L) whole organic milk

6 organic large fresh beaten eggs

4 ½ cups (1.125 L) organic heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract or vanilla bean

In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, salt, and milk. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until mixture is steaming. Reduce heat to low.

In a medium bowl slightly beat eggs, do not over beat. Slowly whisk half of the hot mixture into the eggs and pour back into saucepan. Cook over medium low heat until slightly thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight.

Once ready to make ice cream then you stir in the heavy cream and add your vanilla. Pour the chilled custard into your canister.


If making fruit ice cream add fruit before transferring into canister.


If making mix-ins then make vanilla ice cream and add those ingredients once ice cream is processed (example, chocolate chip or apple pie).