Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Homemade Cantaloupe Ice Cream

This recipe was most definitely inspired by one of my wonderful readers, Karen, who left a comment on a previous post that cantaloupe ice cream was her favorite. It just so happened that I had some cantaloupe stashed in the freezer, so I had to give it a try!

Oh. My. Yum. Definitely a new summer favorite!

homemade cantaloupe ice cream

My cantaloupe was frozen, so I had to let it sit out for about 20 minutes before it was thawed enough that I could chop it up in my Pampered Chef Manual Food Processor. Fresh cantaloupe would work just as well.

frozen cantaloupe
Chop to your heart’s content – if you want bigger chunks in your ice cream, don’t chop as much. If you want smaller chunks, chop a bit more. It’s your ice cream, so it’s your preference!

chopped cantaloupe
In a medium-sized bowl, combine 2-1/4 cups milk, 1/2 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla.

You can use any kind of milk you want here. Heavy cream and whole milk will give you a creamier ice cream, and it will freeze faster. Using 2% milk will give you a little less creamy texture, and it will take a little longer to freeze (but you can call it “healthy” ice cream because it has less fat!). I used 1 cup of whole milk and 1-1/4 cup of 2% milk. Mix and match however you like.

milk sugar and vanilla
Add in the chopped cantaloupe. Cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

ice cream base
When you’re ready to go, get out your counter-top ice cream maker. I’ve got this beautiful Cuisinart 1.5 quart countertop model. For me, the hardest part is to make sure that I’ve got the freezer bowl into the freezer the day before. For a while, I was making ice cream about every other day. Getting the freezer bowl washed and back in the freezer was definitely the most important part of my day! This bowl needs to freeze for at least 12 hours before it’s ready to make ice cream.

Cuisinart countertop ice cream maker
Follow the directions on your ice cream maker. For this one, everything gets assembled and turned on before the ice cream base gets added.

fill ice cream maker
Fill ‘er up, and stand back!

cantaloupe ice cream before
This took less than 15 minutes to freeze. Seriously. It was finished before I got the sheets back on the bed.

cantaloupe ice cream after
How pretty is this? For some extra summery-goodness, top it off with fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries. See? More fruit – it really is healthy! Winking smile

homemade cantaloupe ice cream

A printable recipe card for you…

homemade cantaloupe ice cream recipe card

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? What flavors would you like to experiment with?

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  1. Gosh that looks delish!! I would have never wanted cantaloupe ice cream but it looks so refreshing! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  2. Sarah, let me know if you try it how you like it! It’s very light and refreshing for summertime. It’s a new favorite for us around here!

  3. I guess it's one of those "don't dis it til you try it" recipes. Doesn't sound that great to me, but hey, I'm willing to try most anything once and you never know, I might just like it! ...ok, now to type on our App. I've added a lot!!!


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