Summer is heating up. Cool down with these 10 fabulous, fantastic ice cream recipes.
“It’s gonna be a hot one,” a maintenance worker said this morning. We were standing in my kitchen, while he prepared to install new smoke detectors in my townhouse. “Going to be quite humid too.”
I smiled, nodded and made a mental note to ensure that all the blinds in my house were closed when I left for work. That helps keep the house cool even on what’s considered a hot and steamy day for Maine. As long as the house remains cool, it’s pretty easy to stay comfortable here.
For the record, what’s hot here in Maine is barely warm in Connecticut where we used to live. What a change.
Back in Connecticut, July meant the hum of air conditioners, sweltering heat and a perverse feeling that you were practically swimming through the air. We used phrases like “you can cut the humidity with a knife,” and “the sweat is pouring off me,” and really meant it. But as hot as July could be, relief would come with the onset of August. Suddenly, evenings would be cooler and it was a toss up whether you really needed the air conditioning or not. Ultimately though, heat there was nothing compared to what friends in Texas, Florida and similar places deal with for longer each summer.
Here it’s completely different though.
One of the things I love about living in Maine is that I don’t need air conditioning. I’ve never been a fan of it — I think it’s a vicious cycle you get into with air conditioners, throwing off your body rhythm and making it hard to ever be comfortable. So I am grateful that a simple window fan can cool off our bedrooms in minutes. And really, most nights are cool anyway, which means we barely even need those fans. It’s kind of awesome. (And this weather makes lightweight summery sweaters finally make sense to me. I’ve always wondered who wore those …)
But regardless of the magnitude of the heat, I still adore ice cream in the summertime. There’s something about digging into a cool bowl of sweetness that seems perfect on warm days.
Whatever hot means to you, summertime is the perfect time to enjoy ice cream treats. And these 10 recipes are a fabulous way to dig into a cool treat.
10 Fantastic Ice Cream Recipes
1. Cinnamon Nectarine Ice Cream | Source: Architecture of a Mom
2. Healthy Raspberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream Recipe | Source: Hello Creative Family
3. Homemade Malted Nutella Ice Cream | Source: Six Time Mom
4. Homemade Cinnamon Caramel Ice Cream | Source: Frugal Foodie Mama
5. Vanilla Ice Cream with Nutella Chunks | Source: All Four Burners
6. Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe | Source: Living On a Dime
7. Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream | Source: Stockpiling Moms
8. Butter Pecan Ice Cream | Source: Bunny’s Warm Oven
9. Happy Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream | Source: Frugal Foodie Mama
10. 3 Ingredient Banana and Berry Ice Cream | Source: Just Another Mom
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.