How to Make Homemade Orange Ice Cream

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Makes approx. 1 quart

This recipe was my attempt to bring back a taste from my childhood. I remember always having those little cups with half orange and half vanilla ice cream. I can’t remember which brand it was and I haven’t seen it in a long while. So, I decided to try to recreate that refreshing orange flavor. I am still trying to figure out how to use fresh orange flavor while maintaining the creamy consistency but for now, I am using orange extract.

You need…

2 cups cream

2 cup whole milk

1 tsp. orange extract

4 egg yolks

3/4 cup granulated sugar

pinch of salt

orange food coloring if desired (can also mix red and yellow coloring)



Combine milk, cream, sugar, and salt in the saucepan over low heat.

Stir mixture occasionally until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan.  While mixture is heating up, whisk egg yolks in mixing bowl.

Gradually and briskly whisk egg yolks into the steaming mixture until combined. Then stir constantly with a spoon.

Remove the mixture from heat when it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

Strain mixture and chill thoroughly (chill for at least 4hrs or cool in an ice bath).

Add orange extract and food coloring to the chilled ice cream base and mix thoroughly.

process in ice cream maker.

Place finished ice cream in a freezer-safe container and freeze or serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency.


If you have any questions or recommendations to improve the recipe, feel free to leave a comment.


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